Center for Cancer Research

To improve the lives of cancer patients by solving important, challenging and neglected problems in cancer research and patient care.

Join us!

Staff Scientist - Psychosocial Support and Research Program

Job Description:

Position is with:

The Psychosocial Support and Research Program is dedicated to providing behavioral health care to children, teens, young adults with cancer and other chronic medical conditions who are enrolled on natural history studies, clinical treatment trials, and psychosocial interventions at the NIH Clinical Center. We work collaboratively with physicians, psychologists, social workers, recreation therapists, palliative care specialists and allied professionals to provide comprehensive care in the form of quality clinical services to children and their family members enrolled on CCR clinical trials to help enhance coping and adaptation. 

In addition to clinical care, the candidate will engage in ongoing quantitative and qualitative research being carried out within the intramural program as well as in multi-institutional studies through conducting clinical interviews, interpretation of data and the preparation of scientific publications and presentations.  Examples of research includes characterizing the effects of rare diseases and treatment on psychosocial functioning and QOL using comprehensive state-of-the-art longitudinal assessments and the development of psychosocial standards of care.

The candidate will also have opportunities to design and conduct their own independent novel behavioral science research in psychosocial areas of interest to the candidate as well as studies that will lead to the development of new measures, the understanding of unique socio-cultural and environmental factors, and the development of new educational and therapeutic resources that can enhance pediatric supportive care worldwide. The candidate will be expected to represent the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at national and international meetings.

As a Staff Scientist, this position will also have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision, train and supervise junior investigators on research methodologies and clinical care as well as pediatric oncology fellows on best practices for psychosocial care.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required: Ph.D. or equivalent
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Government Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience


Doctoral degree from an accredited university in the social or behavioral sciences (e.g. clinical psychology, social work), be licensed, and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship. Exceptional written and verbal skills are needed and an ability to work cohesively in a multidisciplinary team environment. Demonstrated expertise in clinical care with children and adolescent with cancer and/or other chronic medical conditions as well as behavioral science research are required. Strong publication record and expertise in data analysis and program development 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
  • Cover Letter
  • Summary of Research Experience

Contact Name: Dr. Lori Wiener

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Dr. Lori Wiener,

HHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers