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Tenure-track Investigator, Radiation Epidemiology Branch

The Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a tenure-track investigator to develop an independent research program focused on the risk of new malignancies developing in cancer survivors.

DCEG is the world’s most comprehensive cancer epidemiology research group. Its distinguished epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. Within DCEG, REB conducts a broad-based research program with a three-fold research mission: to characterize and quantify the carcinogenic effects of radiation; to improve our understanding of molecular mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis; and to address issues of public concern about radiation exposure. One focus of the program is quantifying risks among cancer survivors for developing new malignancies, with an emphasis on cancer risks following therapeutic medical radiation exposures. Investigations conducted by REB include both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and involve interdisciplinary approaches to assessing subsequent malignancy risk REB studies are a major source of data used to assess risks and benefits of current cancer treatment approaches and to guide the development of long-term clinical follow-up guidelines for cancer survivors. Find more information on REB.

We are seeking a tenure-track investigator to develop an independent research program complementing REB’s current research portfolio on subsequent malignancies in cancer survivors. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent qualification in epidemiology, medicine, genetics, or related field; relevant experience after the doctorate in cancer research, survivorship, and/or radiation epidemiology; and excellent computational skills. A strong record of publications demonstrating an ability to collaborate effectively and to lead independent research is required. The candidates will be evaluated on evidence of specific accomplishments; creativity and novelty of scientific vision; sound analytic knowledge and skills; collaborative teamwork, especially across disciplines; productivity; evidence of effective and efficient project leadership; and skill at effective oral and written scientific communication. Experience working in studies with molecular or genetic components would be advantageous. Candidates must be sufficiently experienced to function independently, both in the development of their own research program and in the mentoring and supervision of more junior investigators. 

The successful candidate will have access to advanced computational resources, state-of-the-art genomics facilities, mentoring and other research support as appropriate. Additional training to support development of an interdisciplinary research program that aligns with the REB mission (e.g., radiation sciences, survivorship research, second cancers, molecular epidemiology) will be provided based on the applicant’s background and future research goals. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-authorization visa. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments, and a full package of Federal benefits (including leave, health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan [401k equivalent]) is available. 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.  

Interested individuals must send a complete application to Ms. Bessie Sinclair. The application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of experience and research accomplishments, succinct statement of research interests (approximately 3 pages), and copies of up to five publications or reprints. Please include in your curriculum vitae, a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic, or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Additionally, three letters of reference are required to be sent directly from the individual writing the letter to the email address listed above. Any questions can be directed to the email address above.  

More information about this job announcement and about research programs in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and the Radiation Epidemiology Branch are available on the DCEG website. Review of applications will begin on or about December 31, 2020, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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