Cancer Research Training Award, Healthcare Assessment Research Branch

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP), Healthcare Assessment Research Branch (HARB) welcomes interested candidates for this post-doctoral fellowship. HARB promotes population-based research on demographic, social, economic, and health system factors as they relate to providing cancer-related screening, treatment, and survivorship services. The branch seeks to improve the understanding of healthcare delivery, with the goal of improving cancer outcomes, reducing cancer-related health disparities, and reducing the burden of cancer to patients, their families, and society.

This full-time, paid position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and provides outstanding opportunities for training and professional development in cancer-related healthcare delivery and health economics research.

The CRTA fellow will function as a member of the branch and work on projects directly related to HARB and other HDRP research priorities. A particular focus of this position will be development and evaluation of new data linkages, for example enhancements to Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)-Medicare and SEER-Medicaid, as well as novel linkages between SEER and other sources of data, especially those focused on economic factors. The successful applicant will have opportunities to collaborate on analyses and manuscripts, including leading their own research projects under the mentorship of NCI scientists. Day-to-day activities may include literature reviews, development of research plans, data abstraction, data analysis, dissemination activities (scientific abstracts, presentations and manuscript preparation), portfolio analysis, and support of other branch research initiatives as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in health economics, health policy or health services, epidemiology, public health, or a related discipline. Candidates who have not received their doctoral degree at the time of application should indicate anticipated graduation date and should have their degree awarded by the start date.
  • Superior academic achievement, typically a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary, population-based cancer-care delivery research.
  • Experience conducting independent research.
  • Excellent data analysis and management skills. Proficiency with statistical software packages (SAS, Stata, and/or R) is required.
  • Experience working with health insurance claims, cancer registry, and/or other large datasets.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, writing, and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and on a research team.
  • Preferred: Prior research experience related to cancer and cancer-care.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position and how you see this position furthering your career goals. Also include your earliest start date.
  • CV or resume (include citizenship status).
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with a brief description of the type and duration of your relationship with these individuals.

How to Apply

Application materials may be submitted as a single PDF via email to Amy Davidoff. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: HARB CRTA 2022.

DCCPS is deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from qualified underrepresented minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Application Deadline and Start Date/Fellowship Duration

The position is open immediately; start date is negotiable. The position will remain open until filled. We seek to fill this position for two years, with renewal for the second year conditional on performance during the initial period.

For more information concerning this position, please contact:
Amy Davidoff, PhD MS, Economist and Program Director amy.davidoff@nih.gov

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last Updated: 15 Apr, 2022