Chief, Healthcare Assessment Research Branch

One of three branches in the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP), the Healthcare Assessment Research Branch (HARB) supports population-based research on demographic, social, economic, and health system factors as they relate to providing cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship care. HARB carries out its mission by assessing cancer-related health services utilization and outcomes, the delivery of cancer care in community settings, and the role of economic factors related to the provision of cancer-related health services. Additionally, HARB develops, evaluates, and disseminates data resources to support policy-relevant research on economic and health services research questions and advances methods and techniques of economics and health services research related to cancer. The HARB grant portfolio spans the cancer control continuum, and the branch’s research opportunities seek to promote health equity in cancer prevention and control.

The HARB chief, in partnership with the HDRP leadership team and DCCPS senior staff, provides scientific leadership and expertise in the planning, development, direction, and administration of an integrated program of health services research that addresses the cancer burden. The HARB chief supervises a staff of program directors and fellows with expertise in several fields related to the branch mission, including health economics, epidemiology, clinical oncology, and health services.

Position Description

HDRP branch chiefs enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to:

  • manage and mentor engaged scientific and programmatic staff, fellows, and trainees,
  • develop scientific priorities to cultivate a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research,
  • lead and participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations in public, private, and academic sectors,
  • create national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops),
  • conduct independent research, publish, and present at professional meetings, and
  • inform documents and reports to advance the public health agenda in cancer prevention and control.

Announcement Details

Letters of interest are encouraged from clinical, health services, and public health researchers with a strong record of scholarship in relevant areas, supervisory experience, and familiarity with the extramural community.

The HARB chief should demonstrate:

  • dynamic leadership and supervisory experience overseeing scientific and administrative teams,
  • experience managing and evaluating cancer control and population science research programs involving epidemiological, behavioral, social sciences, health services, and/or surveillance research,
  • ability to provide authoritative guidance, make budget decisions, and resolve competing priorities,
  • knowledge of current trends and technologies in cancer control research, and
  • management of multidisciplinary groups with established successful health research partnerships.

Evidence of doctoral-level achievement in a field relevant to the branch’s research mission is desirable.

Appointees may be US Citizens or resident aliens. Applications from persons from underrepresented groups, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.

The incumbent will report to the HDRP Associate Director, Dr. Janet de Moor (acting). For organizational information, see our branches & leadership page. Interested candidates are welcome to explore the program’s online staff directory and contact any of our staff members to learn more about healthcare delivery research at the National Cancer Institute.

Letters of Interest

Please submit a letter of interest and current CV by April 1, 2024 to with “HARB Chief” as the email subject line.

DCCPS is deeply committed to building a diverse health sciences workforce that maintains, fosters, and promotes an equitable, inclusive, accessible, and nurturing work environment. Diverse teams foster scientific innovation, improve the quality of research, contribute their lived experiences to a robust learning environment, advance the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate and benefit from health research, and enhance public trust. HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last Updated: 07 Feb, 2024