Scientific Lead, NCI Community Oncology Research Program - Cancer Care Delivery Research

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is conducting a national search for a Scientific Lead to direct Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) within the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). The CCDR Scientific Lead will facilitate a new and innovative program of research by prioritizing and guiding all scientific CCDR activities within NCORP. The position is within the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) in Rockville, MD.

Position Description

The goal of NCORP is to bring cancer clinical trials, as well as cancer care delivery research, to individuals in their own communities thereby generating a broadly applicable evidence base that contributes to improved patient outcomes and a reduction in cancer disparities. CCDR within NCORP examines how patient and clinician behavior, organizational structures, health technologies, and financing approaches influence the availability, quality, cost and outcomes of cancer care. The ultimate goal of CCDR is practice transformation that enables the delivery of high value care and the best possible patient outcomes.

In this position, the CCDR Scientific Lead will provide guidance and expertise on all research activities and protocols related to cancer care delivery. He/She will work in close collaboration with the NCORP Director in the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention and will interact regularly with staff across multiple NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers. The CCDR Scientific Lead will serve as an NCI representative on the NCORP CCDR Coordinating and Steering Committees and will attend NCORP Research Base, Community Site, and Minority/Underserved Community Site meetings. He/She will promote NCORP CCDR to the extramural research community and will serve as an entry point for investigators external to NCORP who wish to collaborate on CCDR. Integral to the position, the CCDR Scientific Lead will serve as a Program Director for NCORP grantees with additional opportunities to direct other priority scientific areas across HDRP. The CCDR Scientific Lead will work collaboratively with the CCDR Operational Lead and together will oversee the work of a team of scientific and administrative staff. Opportunities for clinical practice may also be available.


Candidates must have an MD or DO and experience delivering cancer care. Research experience, particularly with intervention trials, is required. Candidates with formal research training are preferred. Candidates must be able to function independently and work effectively with trans-disciplinary groups and organizations. This is a career position with the US government and requires that applicants are US citizens.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a CV and a letter of interest, including background and experience in cancer care delivery research, to Priyanga Tuovinen.

For questions about this position, contact Priyanga Tuovinen.
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