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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Staff Scientist in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting a staff scientist to work in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB) under the direction of Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief and senior investigator, MEB.

MEB conducts interdisciplinary research to understand the role of diet, energy balance, hormones, tobacco, and other exposures in causing and preventing cancer. MEB researchers study how these exposures relate to a broad variety of cancers with researchers focusing on breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, liver, stomach, ovary, pancreas, and prostate. MEB researchers use traditional epidemiological methods combined with a variety of molecular methods including genomic analysis, metabolomics, microbiomics, and molecular pathology. The overarching mission of MEB is to conduct collaborative high-impact epidemiological research on metabolic and lifestyle causes of cancer that will guide prevention strategies worldwide.

The incumbent will have responsibilities related to all aspects of Dr. Abnet’s research program examining the etiology of esophageal and gastric cancer, as well as projects related to characterizing the human microbiome. Specific duties will include assisting with study design (developing protocols, questionnaires, specimen handling procedures), management (data coding and cleaning, specimen tracking, human subjects’ approvals), statistical analysis, and preparation of reports for presentation or publication. Some international travel in support of field studies may be required. The incumbent will also be asked to assist Dr. Abnet with the administration of the overall MEB research program.

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, or public health). The position requires organizational abilities, attention to detail, initiative, an aptitude for multi-tasking, and the ability to work independently. The position requires effective oral and written communication skills as demonstrated through presentations and publications. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief summary of research interests and experience, and the names and contact information for three professional references to:

Ms. Jennifer Connor
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E314 MSC 9775
Bethesda, MD 20892

The closing date for applications is 7/8/19.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers