Cancer Research Training Award, Outcomes Research Branch

The Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA)External Web Site Policy Fellowship position. ORB is part of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Healthcare Delivery Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). The mission of ORB is to coordinate and sponsor research to measure, monitor, evaluate, and improve patient experiences, health outcomes, and quality of care across the cancer continuum.

Position Description

This full-time position is based at the NCI Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland. The ORB CRTA fellowship is an opportunity for post-doctoral scientists to gain skills and knowledge critical to becoming independent investigators. The fellow will work on projects focused on survivorship issues for individuals living with advanced and metastatic cancers.

Background Information

Many individuals diagnosed with advanced or metastatic cancer are living longer in part due to advances in innovative therapies and supportive care. The goals of care for and needs of these cancer survivors markedly differ from metastatic cancer patients with a poor prognosis as well as from cancer survivors diagnosed at early stages. Individuals diagnosed with metastatic or advanced cancer who experience extended survival may have significant unmet needs in several areas, including symptom management, psychosocial support, cancer screening, comorbidity management, caregiver support, and communication around goals of care.

Project activities may include systematic reviews; analyses of large datasets, including the SEER-CAHPS and SEER-MHOS data resources; survey data analysis; presentation and publication of findings, and other activities. For this position, experience developing and executing analytical plans for large data sets, interpreting results, and presenting findings results is required. Fellows are expected to design and conduct their own research, in addition to collaborating and contributing to ongoing work, with mentorship and support from staff in the Healthcare Delivery Research Program and the Office of Cancer Survivorship. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in scientific seminars, meetings, and colloquia.

Day-to-day activities may include:

  • Conducting literature reviews and synthesizing scientific content;
  • Developing analytical plans and performing data analyses using SAS, R, and/or STATA;
  • Interpreting results from analyses and presenting findings;
  • Contributing to scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations;
  • Analyzing the research portfolio and aiding in the development of emergent research areas;
  • Participating in Branch, Program, and Division level meetings;
  • Managing program-related initiatives which include communications activities, data collection, and project management.


  • Ph.D., or equivalent, in disciplines such as health services and care delivery, behavioral science, public health, quantitative methods/psychology, nursing, or health psychology;
  • A strong interest in statistical analysis of secondary data sources;
  • Proficiency in statistical software such as SAS, STATA;
  • Proficiency in literature searches and synthesis;
  • Evidence of strong writing and communication skills;
  • Excellent academic standing and professional record;
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in teams.

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

  1. Cover letter briefly describing professional development and research goals, and earliest available start date
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Two signed letters of reference on official letterhead
  4. A brief (2 pages max) writing sample that describes your interest in one of the topic areas listed below. Please describe how the topic selected relates to your research interests and briefly outline an example project related to this topic (e.g., systematic review, analysis of an NCI dataset, etc.) that you might be interested in pursuing. Please note that the majority of data available will be secondary data.

Example Research Topics

  • Unmet needs for individuals living with advanced or metastatic cancers, including those treated with innovative therapies (e.g., targeted and/or immunotherapies)
  • Patient experiences for individuals living with advanced or metastatic cancers
  • Needs of caregivers providing care to individuals living with advanced or metastatic cancers
  • Interventions to improve care delivery, including care coordination, comorbidity management, and communication, for individuals living or advanced and metastatic cancers
  • Health disparities in the delivery of quality care for individuals living with advanced or metastatic cancers
  • Health services use for individuals living with advanced or metastatic cancers
  • Educational or informational resources for advanced/metastatic survivors, caregivers, or providers
  • Financial hardship for individuals living with advanced or metastatic cancers

Topics and related projects pertaining to survivorship care delivery, outcomes research, and other aspects of cancer care delivery may also be available.

The following documents may be needed later in the process:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (photocopy of birth certificate or passport);
  • Official transcript of highest degree conferred; and
  • Proof of academic good standing if currently enrolled

How to Apply

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

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last Updated: 23 Aug, 2021