Cancer Research Training Award, Office of the Associate Director

The Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), has an opening for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow with an interest in project coordination and management, scientific planning and evaluation, and health communications.

NCI is the primary federal agency responsible for cancer research and is part of National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HDRP, which sits within NCI’s DCCPS, was created in January 2015 to respond to the need for empirical evidence to address challenges in cancer care. The name “Healthcare Delivery Research” was intentionally selected to be inclusive of all care delivery processes in both oncology and non-oncology settings. By funding and promoting innovative research, HDRP is working towards its goal of improving the delivery of cancer-related care and reducing the burden of cancer, thereby improving health for individuals and populations.

This fellowship opportunity is within HDRP’s Office of the Associate Director (OAD), which develops and implements the mission and scientific and strategic agenda of HDRP. Learn more about HDRP on our website. The fellowship offers a rich learning experience that will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work with teams of scientists and public health professionals at NCI, NIH, and institutions around the country.

Position Description

The successful candidate will help coordinate, evaluate, and manage highly visible programmatic projects in the OAD and across HDRP. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: managing planning activities for major funded research initiatives in HDRP; supporting strategic planning efforts; maintaining project databases and preparing summary reports; promoting HDRP activities through health communication and social media; and contributing to specific areas of scientific research within HDRP.

The Fellow would also help manage, coordinate, and plan special projects with HDRP’s Associate Director, Deputy Associate Director, and Program Directors, including: preparing and organizing presentations and proposals, conducting literature searches; and coordinating the evaluation of the HDRP grant portfolio. Additional duties include participating in and assisting with HDRP-supported scientific meetings, webinars, and other project management tasks.


  • Master’s-level degree in epidemiology, public health, biological sciences, social and/or behavioral sciences, public administration, business administration, or other related fields strongly preferred; willing to consider candidates with a bachelor’s degree and several years of experience in one of these fields.
  • Experience and excellent skills in project management.
  • Experience in health communications and social media.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and data synthesis.
  • Experience with coordinating or planning meetings desired.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organization, management, and critical thinking, skills.
  • The ability to work independently, taking initiative of assigned projects.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work well in teams.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

The CRTA appointment is a one-year award, with the option to renew for an additional year. Salary is commensurate with experience and education (additional information can be found on the National Cancer Institute websiteExternal Web Site Policy. Health benefits and training opportunities are provided. Health insurance information can be found on the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences websiteExternal Web Site Policy.

Application Deadline and Start Date

The position is open immediately; start date is negotiable. The position will remain open until filled.

Application Requirements

  • A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in this position, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals (include your earliest start date).
  • CV or resume.
  • 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

For questions about the position or to apply, contact Joshua Medel. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: OAD CRTA 2020.


Joshua Medel, MS
National Cancer Institute
Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 3E322
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

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 in and benefit from health research, and enhance public trust. To that end, DCCPS is seeking a dynamic candidate to serve as Cancer Research Training Award, Office of the Associate Director.

Last Updated: 07 Jul, 2022