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Staff Scientist, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting an accomplished staff scientist for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program (EBP). DCEG’s epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. The Division’s research has an impact on public health policy in the United States and around the world.

The staff scientist will support a new prospective cohort study of 200,000 adults in the U.S. to understand the etiology and natural history of cancer, which can inform new approaches in precision prevention and early detection of cancer. The staff scientist will be part of the coordinating center and will provide technical expertise to develop and maintain data standards and programming for the cohort, particularly focusing on data integrity. The staff scientist will be responsible for the management of large databases, building the programming infrastructure and tools, and working on the design and development of the data structure for data capture and validation and help to inform configuration of tools. The staff scientist will also develop and test QA/QC procedures for data to be collected from complex health surveys, transferred from electronic medical records, and acquired from other sources. The staff scientist will act as point of contact for researcher inquiries to provide complex data information outside of the scope of the data query tool accessible to researchers.

The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in epidemiology, statistics, science, or other quantitative field, and minimum 10 years relevant experience. The candidate will be skilled in programming with SAS, R, and/or SQL or similar programming languages, including strong macro skills; have strong analytical skills with the ability to organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy; adept at visual presentation of data, memos, and reports to both technical and non-technical audiences; and have ability to respond to time-sensitive requests independently, work well under pressure, as well as work with large amounts of fragmented data in a fast-paced environment. The candidate will also have excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills.

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 and benefits are commensurate based on the incumbent’s qualifications and experience. The staff scientist is a full-time equivalent employment position. Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Interested individuals should send a cover letter briefly summarizing research interests, accomplishments and scientific experiences; curriculum vitae and bibliography; and the names and address of three references to:

Ms. Tricia Corle
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E308 MSC 9775
Bethesda, MD 20892 / Email:

The closing date for applications is February 17, 2020.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers