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Location: Albuquerque, NM
Employer: Senior Research Scientist 1

University of New Mexico



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Posted: 12/22/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2478

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The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery.

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center is seeking a Senior Research Scientist to develop and support cancer care delivery research activities in the Cancer Control Research Program.

The Cancer Control Research Program is a newly restructured transdisciplinary program that serves as the hub for cancer control and population science research within the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and the State of New Mexico, our catchment area. The Program's overall goal is to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, particularly in the unique multiethnic and underserved populations of New Mexico. Disparities research is a cross-cutting theme that fosters scientific focus and synergy across the research areas. Learn more at

The successful candidate will have an interest in the investigation of the financial burden of cancer and developing novel interventions to reduce financial-related treatment nonadherence. The research scientist position will be under the direction of Dr. Jean McDougall, Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico and a Member of the Cancer Control Research Program. The research scientist will be involved in developing research materials, independently executing research methods and protocols, developing and maintaining IRB protocols and standard operating procedures, recruiting and retaining research participants, overseeing intervention fidelity, collecting, verifying and analyzing project data, providing professional guidance and leadership to project staff and students, writing progress and other study reports, helping with grant submissions as needed and performing other project duties as they arise.


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Designs and implements research protocols and projects; applies advanced analytical techniques and the modification and extension of theories and practices in innovative research projects in cancer care delivery research; develops statistical and observational models.

2. Applies diversified knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols in research projects; may make recommendations and conclusions which serve as the basis for decision making in cancer care delivery research.

3. Utilize discovery, real world evidence, clinical trial and published data, and publically available information and tools to provide economic and integrated models to answer key questions in cancer care delivery research.

4. Collaborates with principal investigators on design, analysis, application, and reporting of research projects; teaches and advises on techniques.

5. Supplies technical leadership and consultation to professional co-workers, collaborators, and graduate students.

6. Prepares analyses, reports, and other documentation for publication; presents findings at local, national, and/or international meetings.

7. Prepares grant proposals to obtain funding in support of research activities.

8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Strong quantitative and analytic programming skills

Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

Experience writing research protocols for Institutional Review Board submissions.

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Successful track record of grant writing and manuscript publication

Ability to develop and deliver presentations.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Demonstrated ability to work well within interdisciplinary scientific and clinical research teams

Ability to use independent judgment to adapt and modify research concepts and approaches to specific projects.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Successful candidate may be required to submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination/medical history check, depending on location and nature of position.

Additional Requirements: Finalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

Applicants must provide names of 3 past or present supervisors as references that the hiring official can contact.

Health Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits Eligble:
This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the
Benefits home page for a more information.

CRTC Research Program Support (099Q)

Employment Type:

Staff Type:
Term - Full-Time

Term End Date:
1 year from date of hire


$3,956.33 min - $5,924.53 midpoint

Benefits Eligible:
This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the
Benefits home page for a more information.

ERB Statement:
Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the
NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.

Background Check Required:

For Best Consideration Date:

Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter


Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications: Masters' degree in epidemiology, public health, health services, biostatistics, pharmacoeconomics, health economics, medical sociology or similar quantitative field.

At least 2 years of experience with outcomes research using administrative claims, electronic medical records, hospital data, survey data, or other patient level data, economic modeling, literature review, meta analysis, value dossiers, patient report outcomes (PROs) and health technology assessments (HTAs).

Highly skilled in conducting statistical analysis using STATA, SAS, or R statistical software

Experience implementing clinical trials and/or observational studies

Experience using large databases, including SEER, Marketscan, insurance-claims databases, and longitudinal surveys.

Knowledge of data tracking and management programs including RedCap, Access, or SQL.

Familiar with Endnote reference software

Interest in continued training and skill building.

An interest in transforming cancer care delivery and policy

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