Staff Scientist

Job Summary

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU) of the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is recruiting a talented individual to serve as Staff Scientist.

DCEG is committed to discovering and understanding the genetic architecture of cancer, including the identification of common and rare loci for cancer risk, exploration of underlying functional mechanisms and the impact of environmental exposures, and use of genetic variants for risk stratification and prevention. For more information visit the DCEG website.

The CGB conducts interdisciplinary research to advance the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of cancer and to translate this knowledge into effective evidence-based cancer prevention and control strategies for cancer-prone populations as well as general population. The CEU has a large research portfolio on human papillomavirus (HPV)-related basic and translational epidemiologic research projects. The CEU also conducts basic and translational epidemiologic research projects on other gynecologic cancer and other epithelial tumors such as oral cavity, head-and-neck, and lung cancers. Study-derived biospecimens are routinely leveraged into collaborative, laboratory-based, etiologically oriented analyses of genomics and molecular susceptibility. 

The Staff Scientist, working under the direction of a Senior Investigator within the CEU, will have responsibilities related to all aspects of the investigator’s global health-oriented research program examining the etiology, prevention, and control of HPV-related anogenital cancer, breast cancer, and oral cavity cancer. Specific duties will include coordinating study design (e.g., developing protocols, questionnaires, and specimen handling procedures) and implementation, study management (data coding and cleaning, specimen tracking, and human subjects’ approvals), statistical analysis, shared mentoring and supervision, and preparation of reports for presentation or publication. Independent work on analyses and pilot projects will be encouraged. Some international travel in support of field studies may be required. 

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers 

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, or public health). The position requires organizational abilities, attention to detail, initiative, an aptitude for multi-tasking, and the ability to work independently. The position requires effective oral and written communication skills as demonstrated through presentations and publications. Experience in setting up and conducting epidemiologic studies and working internationally is a plus. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of disciplines of research in the CEU. Fluency in Spanish, French or Portuguese is preferred. 


Salary and benefits are commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience.  Full Federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) will be provided.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.