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Staff Scientist, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting a staff scientist in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB). 

Who We Are

DCEG is the world’s most comprehensive cancer epidemiology research group and committed to discovering and understanding the etiology of cancer. Its distinguished epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. For more information visit the DCEG website

Within DCEG, the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) conducts studies in the United States and abroad to identify and evaluate environmental and workplace exposures that may be associated with cancer risk. OEEB combines epidemiology, quantitative exposure assessment, and molecular components into multi-disciplinary studies to provide insight into cancer etiology, chemical carcinogenesis, and mechanisms of action. In addition, OEEB conducts mechanistic studies of known or suspected carcinogens including the use of a wide range of biological markers.

The staff scientist, working under the direction of Drs. Nathaniel Rothman and Qing Lan within OEEB, will provide a wide range of support activities for studies. The successful candidate will be expected to provide support managing various aspects of multiple studies including obtaining appropriate study approvals, working on procurements and subcontracts to support work with extramural investigators, coordinating data receipt and quality control, cleaning data, conducting statistical analysis, summarizing results, writing manuscripts, and providing support for oral presentations. These studies include a large study of lymphoma and leukemia in East Asia; studies of indoor and outdoor air pollution and other risk factors, genetic susceptibility, and lung cancer among never-smokers; a large prospective cohort study of women in Shanghai; studies of bladder cancer; and evaluation of biomarkers in cross-sectional studies of healthy populations exposed to various known or suspected occupational and environmental carcinogens. 


The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in epidemiology and have at least four years of postdoctoral experience. Experience in general cancer epidemiology and use of biochemical biomarkers, genetic biomarkers, and/or environmental/occupational epidemiology is helpful as well as conducting research in case-control and/or cohort studies and in diverse populations. The ability to work well with others and communicate effectively in speech and in writing is important, as demonstrated by a track record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature that includes high impact journals. 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a suitable applicant is found. 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. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. 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. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. Salary and benefits are commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. Full Federal benefits including leave, health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Candidates may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or eligible for a visa that will enable work in the United States. This position is subject to a background investigation.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief summary of research interests and experience, and two letters of reference to Ms. Cynthia Drice.

The closing date for applications is June 30, 2023.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

The NIH and NCI are dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourage the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.