Senior Biomedical Research Scientist 1 - Biostatistician

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Job Description

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Cancer Research (CCR) seeks a senior Biostatistician to head the Biostatistics and Data Management Section (BDMS) and provide statistical leadership for major activities of the CCR. The BDMS is involved in the design, review, conduct, monitoring, and statistical analyses of intramural, and occasionally national or multi-center clinical trials of experimental treatments for cancer, and intramural clinical trials for the treatment of AIDS and AIDS-related malignancies. Investigators throughout the CCR contact the BDMS whenever statistical input is needed for a clinical trial or other projects. The BDMS consults and collaborates with most of the CCR clinical branches and laboratories on clinical projects as well as with many of CCR's basic research laboratories on pre­clinical research projects. In addition, to clinical trial biostatistics, the section provides a broad range of data analysis and consultation services, including study design, methodological consulting, and analytic services, to laboratories performing basic scientific research into the origin and growth mechanisms of cancer and the biology of AIDS.

The selected individual for this position will serve as the most senior advisor on matters pertaining to experimental design, data analysis, and other biostatistical issues within the CCR.  S/he will be responsible for all analytic aspects of a major portion of the clinical trials conducted, and the development of innovative designs for, clinical trials conducted by the CCR of NCI. This position is pivotal in providing authoritative statistical advice and consultation to branch chiefs, section heads, and other senior staff of the CCR.  The selected individual will also act as senior advisor on biostatistics as a member of the Scientific Review Committee that evaluates all clinical trials within the CCR, collaborate with researchers on medical, scientific, and statistical publications, and use advanced statistical methods to answer important questions arising from laboratory, clinical, and pathologic investigations. In addition, the selected individual may serve as an advisor on biostatistics to senior scientists outside of NCI. The position will also supervise two highly experienced statisticians.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
Job Location
Appointment Type
Government Position (Salary commensurate with experience)
Work Schedule
US Citizenship required

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in biostatistics or related field.  

Preferred Skills

Expertise using R or SAS for statistical analyses is required and recent experience with both is preferred. Several years of experience designing clinical trials with multiple years’ experience designing cancer clinical trials desirable.

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.


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How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Diversity Statement
Additional Application Information

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A letter of interest that includes a career synopsis;
  • A current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography;
  • A diversity statement describing your track record of and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research and/or medicine, including, but not limited to, the understanding of and impacting issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity, successful recruitment and/or mentorship of individuals from historically underrepresented groups, demonstrated sustained efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and plans for addressing diversity and inclusion in the future. (500-word limit)

Applications must be submitted to: E-mailed or paper applications will not be accepted.  Initial review of applications is anticipated to begin on or about March 13, 2023, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications will be treated as confidential.  

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information
Contact Name
Patrick Miller
E-mail Address
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.