Applied Statistics, Biometrics/biostatistics, Data analysis/processing
The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program (SRP) seeks to recruit a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow. This full-time fellowship position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and provides outstanding opportunities for training and professional development.
SRP directs the collection and analysis of cancer surveillance data to answer key questions about cancer. As part of its mission, the SRP manages the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, an integrated, comprehensive, multiple population-based cancer reporting system that collects data on approximately 450,000 cancer cases annually and represents approximately 35% of the US population.
This CRTA position will function as a member of the SRP’s Statistical Research and Applications Branch (SRAB). SRAB provides leadership in statistical methods for the collection, analysis, and presentation of essential measures related to the cancer control, surveillance, and epidemiology programs of the National Cancer Institute and the broader cancer control and research community. The CRTA fellow will work directly with scientists on statistical and applied projects that are central to the missions of SRP and SRAB.
Example research topics include, but not limited to
Statistical methods and data sources for producing reliable and precise cancer rates of incidence and mortality by birth place;
Population estimations for variables not available in standard population data, e.g. birth place, hysterectomy status, or education;
Statistical evaluations of linked data for uses in cancer epidemiological studies, e.g. reconciliation of linked birth place data;
Statistical approached for overcoming challenges to data sharing and release, e.g. synthetic cancer registry data and disclosure risk assessment;
Simulation studies for evaluating new statistical methods, and application of novel statistical methods in studies of cancer data quality or cancer epidemiology.
Research products include scientific journal papers and government reports. The CTRA fellow will have opportunities to attend conferences and workshops to present their research findings and for professional training. Additionally, the CRTA fellow is encouraged to initiate and develop his or her own projects.
Applicants must have successfully completed a master’s degree in biostatistics, statistics, quantitative methods, and a related field. Experiences and coursework in statistics are essential, as is experience of applying statistical methods to cancer epidemiology studies, and statistical computing and software for statistical analysis. Knowledge and/or experiences of statistical synthetic data for disclosure limitation, estimation of rates of cancer incidence or mortality are preferred, but not required.
To be considered for this position, the following materials must be received by October 1, 2019 (or until filled):
Cover Letter - Provide an explanation of your interest in the Fellowship Program. Explain your professional development goals and research interests. Describe your experience or interest in health communications and cancer statistics.
Resume or CV
Names of three references with contact information
List of relevant course works or unofficial transcripts
Proof of Citizenship or resident alien status (e.g. Photocopy of Birth Certificate or Passport)
Note: In order to qualify for the position, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. A candidate with an I-551 stamp in their passport can also qualify since this is temporary verification of permanent residency status pending issuance of the green card. Individuals with "Employment Authorization" documents (EADs) do not meet eligibility criteria.
Application materials may be submitted via email to Trish Murphy: email@example.com.
Once a candidate is selected for this position, she/he is required to provide official transcripts and/or Proof of Academic Good Standing - Send transcript of highest Degree conferred. If currently enrolled in school, Proof of Academic Good Standing must be sent on official letterhead and signed by graduate program director, advisor, or equivalent.
The National Cancer Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About US National Cancer Insititute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. Surveillance Research Program (SRP) is one of six programs in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the NCI. SRP provides national leadership in the science of cancer surveillance as well as analytical tools and methodological expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating reliable population-based cancer statistics. As part of its mission, the SRP manages the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, an integrated, comprehensive, multiple population-based cancer reporting system that collects data on approximately 450,000 cancer cases annually and represents approximately 35% of the US population.
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