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Interdisciplinary Research in Radiation Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Postdoctoral Fellowship

Work with Mark Little, Ph.D. and Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil.

Amy Berrington de Gonzalez and Mark Little

Amy Berrington de González and Mark Little 

The Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) of the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) seeks qualified applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship to conduct interdisciplinary research on statistical issues in studying the role of radiation in cancer etiology. DCEG conducts a national and international program of population- and family-based studies to elucidate the environmental and genetic determinants of cancer. REB conducts research to identify, understand, and quantify the risks of cancer in populations exposed to medical, occupational, or environmental radiation, to advance understanding of radiation carcinogenesis, and to develop cutting-edge statistical methods in diverse areas such as machine learning and measurement error.

The successful candidate for this position will be mentored by investigators from REB. Depending on one’s interest, projects may include the collaboration on radiation epidemiologic studies that require assessment of doses in studies as a prelude to risk evaluation and non-standard modeling of the dose-response relationship between radiation and cancer risk. There is particular interest in application of machine learning methods and measurement errors models to these areas. The candidate will also be given flexibility to pursue research in broader statistical areas, such as machine learning methods and measurement error that have applications beyond radiation epidemiologic studies.

The fellow will have opportunity to work together with a highly talented team of researchers with experience in radiation, statistics, epidemiology, dosimetry, and genomics. Access to data from a large variety of one-of-a-kind cohort studies (e.g., REB’s signature cohort studies of cancer risks in children who underwent CT scans and a case-control study of children exposed to background radiation in the UK) would provide an excellent opportunity for identifying important problems, testing and validating the statistical methods and eventually applying them for improved analysis and interpretation of substantive studies. The fellow will have access to high performance computing facilities.


A Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics or a similar quantitative field is required. Individuals with both theoretical and applied backgrounds and with strong computational skills are encouraged to apply. The appointment can continue up to three years and can be extended for an additional one to two years. Find further information about the research program of DCEG and the Radiation Epidemiology Branch.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents; or foreign nationals (visa requirements apply).  Candidates are subject to a background investigation. DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers and dedicated to building a diverse community in their training and employment programs.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three letters of references via email to Ms. Jenna Nober. Please contact Dr. Mark Little or Dr. Amy Berrington de González for questions about the position. Applicants should mention in the subject line of the email and in their cover letter that they are applying for the REB postdoctoral fellowship position.


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