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Location: Bethesda, MD

National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute


Staff Scientist

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Ms. Kat Bern

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Posted: 7/17/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2368

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The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting a Staff Scientist in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB). 

IIB conducts research on the role of infections and altered immunity in cancer etiology through population-based epidemiologic research. IIB research aims to inform efforts to reduce the burden of cancer through translation of etiologic insights into effective strategies for cancer prevention.  IIB’s research spans the study of infectious agents associated with cancer. A major focus of IIB research is evaluation of vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), understanding the determinants of vaccine-induced protection, and building the knowledge base to enable implementation of effective vaccination programs.

The Staff Scientist, working under the direction of a Senior Investigator within the IIB, will have responsibilities for all aspects of a large randomized clinical trial of HPV vaccines in Costa Rica and other related projects. 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 is required.

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g., epidemiology or public health).  Experience in field-based epidemiological research would be an asset, as would knowledge of Spanish, given that much of this work is conducted in Costa Rica. The study also includes biologic specimens; thus, training in a biologically-related field or experience working with laboratory samples is an asset. 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. 

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

Ms. Kat Bern

Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute

9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 7E322 MSC 9775

Bethesda, MD 20892



The closing date for applications is October 16, 2017.



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