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Biostatistician Positions

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has openings for several positions within the Surveillance Research Program (SRP), which provides statistical expertise and sets the direction for mathematical and statistical research used in carrying out surveillance of the U.S. cancer burden. SRP manages the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, a comprehensive population-based cancer reporting system and extends the utility of this database through linkages with other key data sets. SRP also provides leadership in developing statistical methodologies appropriate for analyzing trends and for evaluating the impact of cancer control interventions as well as geographic, socioeconomic, behavioral, genetic, and health care delivery factors on the cancer burden. Statistical and mathematical modeling increases the utility of data for assessing progress in cancer control.

The existing program is expanding its scope, and exciting opportunities are available. Areas of interest for the program include:

  1. Using state-of- the-art methods to ensure cancer data are accurate and to detect outliers and understand their source. Methods include data mining, data visualization, and small area estimation.
  2. Analysis of large and complex data sets. Population data in cancer surveillance have a complex structure that includes time and space correlations, multilevel structure, and missing data. Methods may involve spatio-temporal analysis of data, imputation techniques, and hierarchical and multi-level regression models.
  3. Developing and evaluating new cancer progress measures and methods for the analysis and presentation of national cancer statistics. Examples are survival cure models, change-point models, back-calculation methods, and competing risk modeling. (See )
  4. Analysis and simulation modeling to better understand and project trends in cancer data. (See Web Site Policy)
  5. Developing risk and prognostic prediction models for patients.

Each position includes responsibility for initiating and managing collaborative analyses with scientists from NCI and other institutes, agencies and academic centers and managing a portfolio of grants and contracts. Applicants with doctoral or masters degrees in statistics, biostatistics or a related area with experience related to the analysis and interpretation of health statistics are being sought. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for working in this interdisciplinary setting with many collaborators. The location is Rockville, Maryland, close to Washington D.C. This position is subject to a background investigation and U.S. citizenship is required for federal positions. Excellent benefits. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers. Please send a CV and a letter describing your background and interests, by email, to:

Angela Mariotto, PhD
Surveillance Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Phone: (301) 435-4923

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