Principal Scientist, Population Science Department

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Principal Scientist, Population Science Department

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The Population Science Department of the American Cancer Society invites applicants for several doctoral-level senior scientist positions.

The Population Science Department uses the collective expertise of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and behavioral scientists to better understand the behavioral, social, environmental, and biologic factors that affect cancer prevention, risk, survivorship, and survival. This research aims to refine personalized risk prediction and targeted intervention strategies, inform public health and clinical decision making for cancer prevention and survivorship, and reduce disparities among medically vulnerable populations. Most of the work within Population Science uses the Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS), a series of large-scale prospective cohort studies built and maintained by the American Cancer Society since the 1950’s. The CPS cohorts include extensive survey-based data, other data sources such as accelerometry, blood, stool, saliva, and tumor tissue.

We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, scientists with expertise in the following areas:
- Cancer health disparities
- Sleep science
- Breast, endometrial, ovarian cancer, and gastrointestinal cancers (e.g. pancreas, colon)
- Molecular epidemiology
- Nutrition, diet patterns, or novel diet assessment
- Cancer survivorship including biologic aging

Position Requirements:

The scientists hired for these positions will initiate and direct research projects in collaboration with other intramural research scientists and the extramural scientific community that result in published peer-reviewed original research. The scientists will also serve as public spokespeople for Population Science by communicating results of their research to stakeholders-including American Cancer Society staff and volunteers, the scientific community, mainstream media, policy, and the public at large. These full-time positions offer a unique opportunity to contribute to work that has international impact.

Successful candidates should have a sustained focus on cancer epidemiology, will be expected to establish an innovative, independent research portfolio that aligns with the Society’s mission and Population Science research priorities, and will contribute to the scientific leadership of the CPS cohorts. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and post-doctoral training in epidemiology, behavioral science, public health, statistics/bioinformatics or a related field, as well as a consistent track-record of publication.

The positions are available immediately, and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. These positions are based at the American Cancer Society’s Research Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

Please submit a cover letter that includes a research statement and a curriculum vitae to our web-site.

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