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Staff Scientist: Biostatistics Branch

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:
The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting a Staff Scientist in the Biostatistics Branch (BB).

The BB conducts research on statistical methodology for cancer research and actively collaborates in cutting-edge studies of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental causes of cancer and cancer prevention. BB research aims to inform efforts to reduce the burden of cancer through development of statistical methodologies that facilitate the translation of epidemiologic insights into effective strategies for cancer prevention. A major focus of BB research is developing statistical methodology for estimating absolute risk of cancer to improve cancer screening, with particular focuses on cervical cancer screening using human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and lung cancer screening.

The Staff Scientist, working under the direction of a Senior Investigator within the BB, will have responsibilities for supporting BB statistical methodologic research and for collaborating intensively with DCEG researchers working in cervical cancer screening and lung cancer screening. Specific duties will include supporting BB investigators developing statistical methods for estimating risk (survival analysis, multi-state Markov models, metrics for evaluating risk predictions), closely collaborating with junior and senior researchers in cervical cancer screening and lung cancer screening, developing user-friendly software to implement statistical methods, and preparation of reports for presentation and publication.

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g., Statistics or Biostatistics). Extensive experience programming in both R and SAS, as evidenced by development of R packages and SAS macros, and experience collaborating with epidemiological researchers in cervical cancer screening and lung cancer screening, as evidenced by co-authorship of publications, is essential. The position requires organizational abilities, attention to detail, initiative, and an aptitude for multi-tasking. The ability to communicate effectively in speech and in writing is essential, as demonstrated in presentations and publications. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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

Ms. Linda Littlejohn
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E328 MSC 9775
Bethesda, MD 20892

The closing date for applications is November 30, 2017

This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers