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Postdoctoral Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research on Radiation Epidemiology and Statistics

The Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) and Biostatistics Branch (BB) of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services seek qualified applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship for interdisciplinary research on statistical issues in studying the role of radiation in cancer etiology. DCEG conducts a national and international program of population- and family-based studies to elucidate the environmental and genetic determinants of cancer. REB conducts research to identify, understand, and quantify the risks of cancer in populations exposed to medical, occupational, or environmental radiation, and to advance understanding of radiation carcinogenesis. BB statisticians collaborate across a wide variety of studies in DCEG and develop cutting-edge statistical methods in diverse areas such as study design, measurement error, statistical genetics, genomics, and risk-prediction.

Successful candidates for this position will be jointly mentored by investigators from REB and BB. Major responsibilities will include collaboration in radiation epidemiologic studies and evaluation of complex methodological issues, such as non-standard modeling of dose-response relationship of radiation and cancer-risk and accounting for measurement error in dosimetry in such risk estimation. Applications for risk prediction modeling include cancer survivorship studies and development of radiation protection models from the long-term follow-up of the Japanese atomic bomb survivors. The candidate will also be given flexibility to pursue research in broader statistical areas, such as measurement error modeling, that have applications beyond radiation epidemiologic studies. Specific applications where complex measurement error modeling is required include REB’s signature cohort studies of cancer risks in children who underwent CT scans, a case-control study of 126,000 children exposed to natural background radiation in the UK, and a cohort of 12,000 Belarussian individuals exposed to high-dose of radiation due to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

Fellows will have opportunities to work together with a highly talented team of researchers with experience in radiation, statistics, epidemiology, dosimetry, and genomics. Access to data from a large variety of state-of-the-art studies would provide an excellent opportunity for identifying important problems, testing and validating the statistical methods and eventually applying them for improved analysis and interpretation of substantive studies. Fellows will have access to high performance computing facilities.

A Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics, or in a similar quantitative field is required. Individuals with both theoretical and applied backgrounds with strong computational skills are encouraged to apply. The appointments can continue up to three years and can be extended for an additional 1-2 years. Additional information about DCEG's research program can be found at:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Kristin Kiser ( with the subject line: RADIATION EPI POSTDOC.

For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Mark Little (

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview of the fellowship program.