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Staff Scientist

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

About the position

DCEG is committed to discovering and understanding the causes of cancer. IIB conducts research on the role of infections and altered immunity in cancer through population-based epidemiologic research. IIB’s research spans the study of infectious agents and immune perturbations with established or postulated associations with cancer. Based on findings from etiologic research, IIB investigators conduct research on primary and secondary cancer prevention. For more information visit the DCEG website.

The Staff Scientist, working under the direction of a Senior Investigator within IIB, will have responsibilities for coordinating activities within a research portfolio that investigates the etiology and prevention of cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The Staff Scientist will assist the Senior Investigator in managing existing studies including the conduct of field efforts, laboratory testing of biospecimens, and merging and analyzing data. The Staff Scientist will help develop new studies by supporting proposal drafting, designing data capture forms, and contracting with field sites. The Staff Scientist will assist in management of data use agreements and IRB applications; coordinate field efforts; review QC reports and supervise data cleaning; track ongoing research projects that use the study data; and advise new collaborators regarding best practices for database requests and statistical analyses. The Staff Scientist will also assist the Senior Investigator in mentoring junior researchers and fellows in projects related to the HPV portfolio.

Apply for this vacancy

What you'll need to apply

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief summary of research interests and experience, brief summary of mentoring experience, and three letters of reference to:

Kelly Yu, Ph.D. and Candice Carroll, at
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute
Email: and

The closing date for applications is December 15, 2023.

Contact name

Kelly Yu

Contact email


The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in epidemiology or a related discipline. Analyses of large datasets. In addition, experience in HPV and research is also a critical factor. The position requires the ability to perform and interpret statistical , the position requires organizational ability, attention to detail, initiative, and an aptitude for multitasking. The ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing is essential, as demonstrated in conference presentations and peer-reviewed research publications. The candidate must also demonstrate experience mentoring junior researchers. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Additional Information

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 is commensurate with research and experience. Full Federal benefits including leave, health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent) will be provided. Appointees must be US citizens or resident aliens.