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Chief, Radiation Epidemiology Branch

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute is recruiting a visionary, senior investigator to serve as Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) within DCEG’s Trans-Divisional Research Program. The position of Chief is equivalent to that of an academic department chair and is part of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) world-class intramural research program (IRP). For an overview of the Division’s goals and strategies, please visit DCEG’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 - National Cancer Institute.

Organization Mission

The mission of the REB is to identify, understand, and quantify the risk of cancer in populations exposed to medical, occupational, or environmental sources of radiation, and to advance understanding of radiation carcinogenesis. To achieve its mission, REB emphasizes radiation research that informs radiation protection, addresses public health and clinical needs, and develops innovative dosimetry methods and tools to help further these research goals. REB also plays an important role in training future researchers, as well as in responding to and meeting the needs of the public, Congress, and other government agencies for research on urgent questions concerning radiation exposure and cancer risks and communicating knowledge about radiation risks. REB houses the Cancer Survivorship Research Unit, with the goal of improving the clinical care and quality of life of cancer survivors by increasing understanding of the adverse effects of treatment. To read an overview of REB, please visit Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Overview - National Cancer Institute.

Position Description

The Branch Chief will shape the research direction of REB and oversee all aspects of its development, including recruitment of faculty. The Chief will also have resources to conduct an independent program of research. REB currently includes tenured investigators, tenure track investigators, staff scientists, fellows, and other scientific and administrative contract staff. Resources available to REB include epidemiologic studies with detailed medical radiation exposures (diagnostic, radiotherapy for cancer or benign conditions, occupational exposures), both ionizing and non-ionizing environmental radiation exposure (nuclear accidents, atomic bomb detonations, ultraviolet radiation), and cancer survivorship cohorts; access to biorepositories for processing and storage of biospecimens; core laboratory facilities for genotyping, sequencing, and molecular/digital pathology services; and contract support for statistical support and computer programming and for epidemiologic field studies. In addition to managing these resources, the Chief oversees the administrative management of the Branch including the Dosimetry Unit and Cancer Survivorship Unit, supervises staff members, and mentors investigators and fellows. Other duties include providing consultation to national and international investigators and public health officials and acting as liaison with agencies and organizations seeking expertise related to the mission of the Branch.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a world-class research portfolio and have extensive expertise in radiation epidemiology. The successful candidate must:

  • Possess either a doctoral degree or medical degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., epidemiology; medical or nuclear physics; or related fields).
  • Have a proven track record of scientific excellence at the international level, publish in peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals, and present at scientific meetings, with international recognition for their research contributions.
  • Meet the criteria for NIH tenure.
  • Demonstrate administrative experience, including successful mentoring, supervision, and scientific management.


This position will be filled under a Title 42 appointment. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. residents, or non-residents of the U.S. with or eligible to obtain a valid employment-authorized visa. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A recruitment or relocation bonus may be available, and relocation expenses may be paid. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent). The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter, including career synopsis.
  • Vision statement that includes the candidate’s vision for leading REB and a qualification statement that addresses the specific required qualifications, including leadership and administrative experience. Please limit these statements to two pages each.
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography.
  • Diversity statement that includes description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic and other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Please limit this statement to two pages.
  • Full contact details for three references.

Submit applications electronically to Applications received by August 5, 2022, will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information about this vacancy, contact Dr. Hannah Yang at

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics Website. We encourage you to review this information. The position is subject to a background investigation and requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.