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Multiple-Principal Investigator Search (MPIS) for Tenure-Eligible Senior Investigator

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking outstanding, internationally recognized and visionary scientists to lead independent research programs to conduct cutting-edge cancer research in the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). All areas relevant to population cancer research will be considered with highest priority in epidemiology, exposure assessment, biostatistics, data science, computational biology, clinical cancer genetics, integrative cancer genomics, and/or health disparities research. This position is part of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) world-class intramural research program (IRP) and equivalent to a tenured academic associate professor or professor. Successful candidates will be eligible to be appointed as an NIH tenured Senior Investigator and are expected to lead a world-class research portfolio, supported by generous stable resources including access to a wide range of epidemiologic studies, many with biospecimens, NCI technology platforms and interdisciplinary collaborations within DCEG and the larger NCI as well as at NIH and its Clinical Center. 

DCEG is home to more than 70 tenure track and tenured epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians and is located just outside of Washington, D.C., at the Shady Grove Campus of the NCI. DCEG is part of the NCI Intramural Research Program. Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of team science, DCEG investigators pursue important and challenging problems in cancer research. The mission of DCEG is to discover the causes of cancer and inform the means for prevention by conducting transdisciplinary epidemiological and genetics research. DCEG collaborates with academic, commercial partners, and advocacy groups to advance its mission globally. 


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree, an established record in one of the research areas listed above, demonstrated leadership ability, proven effectiveness in mentoring, and must meet the criteria for NIH tenure. In addition to being outstanding researchers, successful candidates will be expected to have a demonstrable track record of promoting diversity and the inclusion of persons from underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Positions will be located in Rockville, Maryland, at the NCI Shady Grove Campus. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A full civil service package of benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement) is available. 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. 

For more information, contact the DCEG faculty recruitment center.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following materials: 

  • Letter of interest, including career synopsis; 
  • A vision statement of future research interests (up to three pages); 
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography; and
  • A diversity statement including a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic and other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research (up to two pages). 

Applications should be submitted electronically to the DCEG faculty recruitment center. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Review of materials will occur in July and January. Applications will be treated as confidential.

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. 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.