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Staff Scientist, Infections and Immunoepidemiology 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 Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB).  

Who We Are

DCEG is committed to discovering and understanding the genetic architecture of cancer, including the identification of common and rare loci for cancer risk, exploration of underlying functional mechanisms and the impact of environmental exposures, and use of genetic variants for risk stratification and prevention.  For more information visit the DCEG website.

IIB conducts research on the role of infections and altered immunity in cancer through population-based epidemiologic research. IIB’s research spans the study of infectious agents and immune perturbations, including severe immunosuppression, with established or postulated associations with cancer. Based on findings from etiologic research, IIB investigators conduct research on primary and secondary cancer prevention.

The staff scientist, working under the direction of a senior investigator within IIB, will have responsibilities for coordinating activities for the HIV/AIDS Cancer Match Study. The staff scientist will contact potential new collaborating HIV and cancer registries in the United States to describe the study aims and procedures; complete and submit application materials for data linkages including data use agreements and IRB applications; coordinate data linkage activities; review QC reports and supervise data cleaning; track ongoing research projects that use the study data; and advise new collaborators regarding best practices for database requests and statistical analyses. 


The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in epidemiology or a related discipline. Experience in HIV and cancer research would be a major asset. The position requires the ability to perform and interpret statistical analyses of large registry datasets. In addition, the position requires organizational ability, attention to detail, initiative, and an aptitude for multitasking.  The ability to communicate effectively in speech and in writing is essential, as demonstrated in conference presentations and peer-reviewed research publications. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

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. This position is subject to a background investigation. Salary is commensurate with research and experience.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief summary of research interests and experience, and two letters of reference to:
Kelly Yu, Ph.D. and Cynthia Drice, at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute.

The closing date for applications is May 1, 2022.

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