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Job Opportunity: Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow

Join the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance Research Program and become part of the world-renown Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program Data Quality Team!

Position Description

The National Cancer Institute seeks applicants for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) position in Registry Operations and Data Quality Improvement for the Surveillance Systems Branch (SSB), Surveillance Research Program (SRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

The successful candidate will participate in the planning and implementation of a quality improvement program for cancer registries that participate in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program, a program mandated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and administered by the SRP. Several SEER registries are responsible for cancer surveillance for specific states as part of those states’ health departments. Others cover geographically defined metropolitan areas and form a part of their state’s cancer surveillance system. The quality improvement team obtains quantitative measures of data quality and registry operations that pertain to the accuracy of data being submitted to the NCI, as well as that used by the states locally for research and cancer control purposes in support of their public health programs.

As a member of the quality improvement team, the successful candidate will assist senior SEER quality improvement staff with a variety of projects, including:

  • Entering and editing database information;
  • Analyzing and presenting quality control study findings to state health departments, registry personnel, and NCI staff;
  • Reviewing study findings to identify specific problems with data quality;
  • Conducting internet and literature searches;
  • Assisting in writing journal articles; editing publications and instructional manuals; and
  • Developing, implementing, and conducting training programs to improve the quality of data collection and procedures.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • A strong interest in population-based research and cancer control.
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of anatomy & physiology.
  • Skills in literature searching and internet searching.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail and data management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and on teams.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge of cancer registry principles and practice.
  • Basic statistical skills.
  • Knowledge of database concepts.

Application Process

  • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in registry operations, cancer control, and public health, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals. Please indicate your earliest available start date.
  • CV or resume.
  • Contact information for two professional references.

Stipend and Benefits

The CRTA position is a one-year award with SRP, with the option to renew for an additional year. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The salary starts at approximately $28,300 for a trainee with a relevant bachelor's degree, and could vary depending on years of relevant post bachelor's degree experience. Health benefits and training opportunities are provided.

Start Date


Application Deadline

The application will remain open until filled.


Peggy Adamo, RHIT, CTR
Surveillance Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
Phone: (301) 435-4971

How to Apply

Send applications electronically as PDF attachment to Rachel Benkeser (

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