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Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA)

Outcomes Research Branch
Applied Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, Maryland

The National Cancer Institute, a major research component of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to request applications from qualified candidates for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA).

The Cancer Research Training Award provides an outstanding opportunity for an individual with a strong interest in understanding how cancer care (screening, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring) is delivered and has an impact on populations. The person will gain experience and understanding of how to analyze and evaluate relevant data on processes of care, economic impacts, intermediate, and long-term outcomes in populations and in cancer programs while he/she works as an extramural scientist at the National Cancer Institute. The CRTA appointment is a one- or two-year position with the Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the National Cancer Institute.

This position provides an exciting and unique opportunity to work with leaders in the field of population monitoring and assessment of health services research related to cancer. The trainee will work at the National Cancer Institute, the largest of the Institutes of the National Institutes of Health, and the leader in providing research direction and funding for cancer research nationwide. The position will allow contact with a large number of scientists representing disciplines of health services research, economics, psychometrics, epidemiology, public health, statistics, and clinical health services research (including experts in cancer program evaluation, quality of care assessment, and other cross-cutting arenas of application).

Position Description: The trainee will function as a member of the Applied Research Program’s Outcomes Research Branch and work with scientists on projects related to outcomes research and quality of care. Primary activities will include supporting the quality of cancer care research activities in the branch, including research to define, assess, monitor, and improve the quality of cancer care, including support for major national program evaluations of the NCI Community Cancer Care Program and the Medicare Oncology Demonstration project. Other research supported by the branch includes projects on cancer outcomes measurement, focusing on patient-reported outcomes such as health-related quality of life, symptoms from disease or treatment, patient perceptions of and satisfaction with care, and economic burden, and the application of modern psychometric methods to improve measures. To obtain more information, visit

The trainee will work collaboratively in a support role with scientific staff at the National Cancer Institute in the design, development and analysis of research projects and grant-related activities. Day-to-day activities might include assessing the state of knowledge in a particular area, preparing reports; assisting with study management, development of questionnaires, maintenance of databases, data analysis, and publications; conducting literature searches; portfolio analyses; gathering and summarizing background information about scientific findings and health policy; participating in Branch meetings; and attending lectures and meetings sponsored by the National Institutes of Health or other agencies. The trainee will be supervised by the Outcomes Research Branch Chief or by appropriate staff designated by the Branch Chief.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree in public health (MPH or MSPH), or current enrollment in a graduate public health program in epidemiology, nutrition, statistics, genetics, behavioral or cognitive psychology or a related public health science, or masters degree in related field such as economics, statistics, demography, or public administration.
  • A strong interest in public health, population-based research and cancer control.
  • Experience conducting research or serving as a research assistant on a scientific project.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, writing, and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work independently and on research teams.
  • Data management skills (experience with spreadsheets and statistical software packages is desirable).

Application Requirements:

  • A one-page letter explaining your interest in public health, health services research and cancer control, as well as how you see this position furthering your career goals (include your earliest start date).
  • CV or resume.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The salary range for a trainee with a bachelor's degree is $26,500 to $37,800, and the salary range for a trainee with a master's degree is $31,700 to $38,200. Health benefits are provided.

Start Date: The CRTA start date is negotiable.

Application Deadline: The position is opened until filled.

Inquiries: For further information about the position or application process, contact Emily Dowling. For information about the position and its responsibilities contact Emily Dowling (, 301-594-6654).

Mailing Address: Send applications to:
Ms. Emily Dowling
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Blvd
EPN, Room 4111 - MSC 7344
Bethesda, MD 20892-7344

DHHS, NIH and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers

Last modified:
22 Dec 2008
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