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Job Opportunity: Tenure -Track Investigator, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Posted by on Thursday, October 26, 2023 in Job Opportunities .

The Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a tenure-track investigator to develop an independent research program focused on the adverse health effects of treatment, including radiotherapy, in cancer survivors, and modifiers of survival after cancer diagnosis.

DCEG is one of the world’s most comprehensive cancer epidemiology research groups. Its distinguished epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. Within DCEG, REB’s broad-based research program has a three-fold research mission: to characterize and quantify the carcinogenic effects of radiation; to improve our understanding of molecular mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis; and to address issues of public concern about radiation exposure. One focus of the program is quantifying risks among cancer survivors for developing adverse health effects of treatment, with particular emphasis on risks following radiotherapy. Areas of interest include quantification of the magnitude and shape of the radiation dose-response relationship following specific types of radiotherapy exposures and investigation of potential modifiers of radiation-related risks, including systemic therapies, genetic susceptibility, other patient-related factors, and other cancer risk factors. Investigations conducted by REB include both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and involve interdisciplinary approaches with the goal of improving the clinical care and quality of life of cancer survivors. These investigations provide critical data for assessing risks and benefits of current cancer treatment approaches and for guiding clinical recommendations for the long-term management of cancer survivors. REB investigators also are actively engaged in DCEG’s Cancer Survivorship Research Unit (CSRU), which promotes survivorship research across the entire Division. Learn more about REB research.

We are seeking a tenure-track investigator to develop an independent research program on adverse health effects of treatment, including radiotherapy, in cancer survivors. The successful candidate will have access to advanced computational resources, state-of-the-art genomics facilities, mentoring and other research support, including opportunities to build on existing REB studies as described on the branch website. Additional training to support development of an interdisciplinary research program that aligns with the REB and CSRU missions also will be provided based on the applicant’s background and future research goals. The applicant also will be supported in the development of collaborations across REB, CSRU, DCEG as well as the NCI/NIH more broadly.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent qualification in epidemiology, medicine, genetics, or related field, relevant experience after the doctorate in cancer research, survivorship, and/or radiation epidemiology, and excellent computational skills.
  • A strong record of publications demonstrating an ability to lead an independent research program and collaborate effectively is required.
  • Candidates will be evaluated on evidence of specific accomplishments; creativity and novelty of scientific vision and alignment of that vision with REB and CSRU goals; sound analytic knowledge and skills; collaborative teamwork, especially across disciplines; productivity; evidence of effective and efficient project leadership; and effective oral and written scientific communication.
  • Experience working in studies with molecular or genetic components would be advantageous. Candidates must be sufficiently experienced to function independently, both in the development of their own research program and in the mentoring and supervision of more junior scientists.


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