Senior Data Science Program Specialist

  • National Cancer Institute
  • Hybrid
  • Feb 06, 2024
Full time Government

Job Description

Senior Data Science Program Specialist
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The Person: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) seeks a Senior Data Science Program Specialist to advance biomedical research within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). The Senior Data Science Program Specialist is a central role in the division to ensure quality cancer control research. DCCPS aims to reduce cancer risk, incidence, and death and enhance quality of life for cancer survivors by supporting innovative research and recommending ways to apply that research in quality health care delivery.

As a key member of DCCPS Senior Leadership, working directly with the Division Director, the Senior Data Science Program Specialist will provide expertise regarding rules and regulations surrounding inclusive research design and sampling of diverse and small populations. They will provide expertise regarding biomedical, translational, or clinical research in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in cancer control and population sciences. The Senior Data Science Program Specialist will speak and chair major national meetings to advance health equity research.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Oversee monitoring and quality management of translational research and inclusive research design in biomedical research supported and fostered by DCCPS. 
• Convene and provide expert methodological and statistical feedback on experimental design and novel methodologies in population science.
• Design and identify funding initiatives and manage a portfolio of extramural research in health disparities and health equity.
• Provide expertise in population health intervention research.
• Represent NCI externally and in NIH leadership forums as a recognized expert in social, behavioral, and health research.

Position Requirements: Applicants must possess an advanced degree in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position and equivalent experience. The candidate must be an experienced scientist with expertise managing highly complex and diverse cancer control and population sciences research programs involving epidemiological, behavioral, social, health services, and surveillance cancer research.

The Senior Data Science Program Specialist will be actively engaged in behavioral research and applications of sociology to study the social determinants of health. The ideal candidate will be considered an expert in biomedical research for conducting population health intervention science, including the social, behavioral, and health research fields in cancer prevention and control. This will be demonstrated by the publication in high impact peer-reviewed journals of original biomedical research on cancer incidence and socioeconomic correlates of health among various populations. Evidence of awards in recognition of original contributions to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | National Institutes of Health biomedical research among understudied and underserved populations, will also be required to be considered qualified for the position. 

Salary/Benefits: This position will be filled under a Scientists under the Biomedical Research and Biomedical Product Assessment Service (SBRBPAS) Extramural - Level 1 appointment. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings 
Plan (401K equivalent). 

The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements. Appointees may be US citizens or resident aliens. Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. 

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants must prepare a statement describing their expertise in the field of biomedical research in service of cancer control and population science and their interest in the Senior Data Science Program Specialist position. Send the application package to in one email with “Senior Data Science Program Specialist” as the subject line.

NCI will begin accepting applications on February 9, 2024, and plans to have the position open for 30 days. Email with questions.

DCCPS is deeply committed to building a diverse health sciences workforce that maintains, fosters, and promotes an equitable, inclusive, accessible, and nurturing work environment. Diverse teams foster scientific innovation, improve the quality of research, contribute their lived experiences to a robust learning environment, advance the likelihood that underserved, or health disparity populations participate and benefit from health research, and enhance public trust.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers