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Chief, Integrative Tumor 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 Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch (ITEB) within DCEG’s Human Genetics Program. The position of Chief is equivalent to that of an academic department chair.

The ITEB conducts large-scale, international epidemiological research on cancer etiology and progression through integrative analyses of risk factors and tissue profiling to inform prevention and clinical strategies. The Branch uses and develops methods to integrate molecular pathology, somatic and germline genomics, and epidemiology; trains pre- and postdoctoral fellows in integrative epidemiologic research; and participates in and contributes to national and international organizations and consortia to promote integrative tumor epidemiologic research.

The Branch Chief will shape the research direction of ITEB and oversee all aspects of its development, including recruitment of faculty. She/he will also have resources to conduct an independent program of research. The Branch currently includes a staff of three tenured and one tenure-track investigators, as well as pre- and postdoctoral fellows and administrative staff. Resources available to ITEB include epidemiologic studies with well-annotated tissue collections, including germline genetics, biomarkers and detailed information on environmental risk factors for cancer (e.g., breast, lung, kidney, melanoma, chordoma, Ewing’s sarcoma); access to biorepositories for processing and storage of biospecimens; core laboratory facilities for genotyping, sequencing, and molecular/digital pathology services; and contract support for computer programming and for epidemiologic field studies. In addition to managing these resources, the Chief oversees the administrative management of the Branch, supervises staff members, and mentors tenure-track investigators and postdoctoral fellows. The Chief will also provide leadership in integrated somatic analyses conducted across DCEG. 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.

The successful candidate must hold either a medical degree or a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., epidemiology, molecular pathology, cancer genomics, bioinformatics/computational science, or related fields). Applicants must 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. The candidate must also demonstrate administrative experience, including successful mentoring, supervision, and scientific management.

The Chief of the ITEB will be eligible for a tenured appointment at a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa. 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, via email, a cover letter briefly summarizing research interests, accomplishments, and scientific management experience; curriculum vitae and bibliography; copies of up to five publications or preprints; and the names and addresses of three references to:

Dr. Hannah Yang
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute

Applications received by June 8, 2020 will be considered for a first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.