Program Director, Outcomes Research Branch

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking a Program Director to lead an innovative portfolio of research focused on patient-centered cancer care and outcomes. This position is for a health scientist to provide scientific management and to influence the trajectory of healthcare delivery research in cancer, with significant collaboration and leadership opportunities with scientists across NIH. Scientific topics include patient experiences of care, care quality, cancer survivorship, cancer caregiving, and patient-reported outcomes. The position will focus on identifying scientific gaps in the NCI research grant portfolio, developing novel funding opportunities, supporting the availability of NCI data resources, and stewardship of extramural grants and contracts. Given rapid changes in healthcare delivery in the US, the person serving in this position will have a unique opportunity to influence methodological and applied approaches to patient-centered cancer research to inform healthcare interventions and policy.

Qualified candidates will have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) and demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: behavioral science, clinical medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, or health services research, and a track record of peer-reviewed publications. Expertise in advanced quantitative methods, psychometrics, health information technology, health equity, implementation science, or public health is also desired. The candidate should have experience leading scientific projects, be able to work effectively with a variety of transdisciplinary groups and organizations, and have worked independently and collaboratively in scientific teams. We are particularly interested in established scientists with research experience in cancer survivorship and patient-reported outcomes, and the evaluation of cancer care quality.

The position is in the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) in the Healthcare Delivery Research Program of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences in Rockville, MD. ORB supports a portfolio of investigator-initiated grants, develops funding opportunities, and provides research resources designed to improve understanding of patient-centered outcomes in clinical research and practice.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, and two representative publications to Annie Sampson. For questions about the position, contact Dr. Ashley Wilder Smith, Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch. This announcement is for a career position with the US government and requires US citizenship.

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 Outcomes Research Branch Program Director.

Last Updated: 07 Jul, 2022