Clinical Research Scientist-Practitioner - Neuro-oncology, clinical outcomes assessments

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Job Description

The Outcomes group in the Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applicants for a full-time clinical research position, preferably mid-career.  This position utilizes a scientist-practitioner model, bridging clinical practice with a robust outcomes research program.

The NOB Outcomes group is dedicated to improving care and life quality through innovative, translational, and collaborative research focused on adults with central nervous system cancers who are enrolled on natural history studies, clinical treatment trials, and observational and interventional outcomes research at the NIH Clinical Center.  We work collaboratively with physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists, epidemiologists, basic scientists, and allied professionals to provide comprehensive approaches to patient-centered outcomes research and care focused on developing tools to accurately assess the clinical course and clinical trajectory, exploring the biologic underpinnings of disease and treatment related symptoms, and develop feasible, targeted, and generalizable interventions to improve how patients feel and function.

In addition to collaborative work to develop research studies, the candidate will engage in support of clinical studies within the NOB Outcomes group, including education, training and support of trainees interested in outcomes research, consultation with colleagues about approaches to assessment and interventions in therapeutic trials, administering assessments and interventions, analysis and interpretation of data, and the preparation of scientific publications and presentations.  Examples of such clinical research includes characterizing the effects of rare diseases and their treatment on symptoms and functional endpoints.  Additionally, the candidate will participate in the development of supportive care programs with consideration of social determinants of health and development of innovative educational programs to improve care of all CNS tumor patients to enhance patient well-being and function worldwide are possible.

The ideal candidate will design, conduct, and lead their own independent innovative research focus in an area of interest to the candidate and within the larger umbrella of research approaches within the Outcomes group.  The candidate will be expected to attend and present at national and international meetings and have a leadership role in the NOB Outcomes group.

This position is subject to a background investigation.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Other: M.D. and/or Ph.D.
Job Location
Appointment Type
Government Position (Salary commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Applicants must possess an M.D. and/or Ph.D. from an accredited university, be licensed, and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship.  Exceptional written and verbal skills and an ability to work cohesively in a multidisciplinary team environment are essential.  Demonstrated expertise in outcomes research methodology as well as behavioral science research are required.  We welcome applicants with interests in protocol design, program development, quality improvement, and training fellows at all levels.

Preferred Skills

Strong publication record and expertise in data analysis and program development as well as experience in neuro-oncology are strongly preferred.

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.


Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • 3 References
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Three reference letters will be requested upon invitation for an interview.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Competitive salary and benefits are offered.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Terri S. Armstrong, PhD
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DHHS, NIH and NCI are equal opportunity employers. The NCI and CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.