Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship Opportunity Announcement

The Office of the Director (OD) within the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) seeks to recruit a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow. The DCCPS OD is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for this fellowship position.

For more information about the DCCPS mission and structure, please see

This full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and provides outstanding opportunities for training and professional development in genomics, epidemiology, and health disparities research within the context of cancer control and population sciences. CRTA fellows interact daily with researchers in public health, epidemiology and genomics, and cancer prevention, as well as with various extramural scientists at NCI and other Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health. The successful candidate will interact with administrators as well as scientists from a variety of research disciplines, including epidemiology, genomics, clinical sciences, and public health.

Position Description

The CRTA Fellow will function as a member of the OD team and work to support coordination, planning, evaluation, and analysis of various programmatic, scientific, and planning activities across DCCPS, including strategic planning and implementation processes. The CRTA Fellow will have the opportunity to interact with scientists on projects related to the mission of the OD, DCCPS. Examples of research and programmatic areas of emphasis include health disparities, cancer genomics, and other ‘omics approaches within the context of population sciences.

Day-to-day activities might include the following:

  • Performing searches, review, and analyses of published literature in priority areas to identify areas of current and future research needs;
  • Performing program assessment and portfolio analyses;
  • Performing secondary data analyses of existing and publicly available datasets;
  • Contributing to scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations;
  • Organizing meetings, workshops, and webinars;
  • Gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information through literature reviews, surveys, and soliciting information and recommendations from experts within and external to NCI via written reports and oral presentations;
  • Participating in staff meetings and attending lectures or other training opportunities sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Additionally, the Fellow is encouraged to initiate and develop his or her own projects and may have the opportunity to travel for NCI to national conferences, such as annual meetings of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society for Epidemiological Research, the American Association for Human Genetics, and other relevant associations and groups.


  • Graduate Degree (Master or PhD) in Public Health, Epidemiology, Data Sciences, or related disciplines. Interest in meta-research is desirable;
  • Undergraduate courses in biology, genetics or molecular sciences;
  • Proven data management and statistical analysis skills (record of recent publications preferred);
  • Experience with related scientific literature, databases, and data analysis packages;
  • Strong communication and writing skills;
  • Excellent academic standing;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and project management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and on research teams;

Initial Application Requirements

To be considered for this position, the following materials must be received by the Application Deadline:

1. Cover letter (provide an explanation of your interest in the CRTA Fellowship and explain your professional development goals and research interests);
2. Resume or CV (include citizenship status);
3. Three references (include contact information);
4. Copy of academic transcripts.

The following documents maybe needed later in the process:

5. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of birth certificate or passport);
6. Official transcripts

Electronic application materials should be submitted via email to
Ms. Christine Crawford
Phone: (240) 276-5727

Application Deadline

This announcement will remain active until the position is successfully filled.

Start Date

Earliest possible start date is July 30, 2019.

Stipend and Benefits

This position is a one-year, full-time Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship. There is a possibility for yearly renewals. The stipends for CRTA Fellows are adjusted yearly, and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience.

Benefits include health insurance at no cost and a wide range of career development and social activities. The office is located in commuter-friendly Gaithersburg, Maryland, close to the bustling metropolis of Bethesda and near downtown DC.


Daniela Seminara, PhD, MPH
Senior Advisor for Genomics, Epidemiology and Health Disparities
Office of the director
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 3E336 MSC 9763
Rockville MD 20850
Telephone: (240) 276-6748

To learn more about the DCCPS, please see our website You are encouraged to contact current and past fellows, mentors, and other staff members.