Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Sought for Communications


The Surveillance Research Program (SRP) directs the collection and analysis of cancer surveillance data to answer key questions about cancer. As part of its mission, SRP manages the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, an integrated, comprehensive, multiple population-based cancer reporting system that collects data on approximately 450,000 cancer cases annually and represents 34% of the US population. SRP analyzes and reports these data through several types of media to researchers, policy makers, the cancer surveillance community, and the general public.

Position Description

The Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow will function as an integral member of the SRP Communications Team. He/she will work with staff on projects related to the mission of SRP, particularly in communicating results of major initiatives. Day-to-day activities of this full-time position include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing newsletters on staff and scientific updates for both internal and external distribution;
  • Editing scripts of informational videos on cancer statistics as well as staging guidelines;
  • Designing and creating graphics to highlight findings of statistical reports or other publications on cancer data;
  • Creating tweets and other messaging as part of implementing communications plans for promoting major initiatives;
  • Editing manuscripts, presentations, email messages, etc. for grammar and plain language;
  • Participating in staff meetings and attend lectures or other training opportunities sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

CRTA Fellows may have the opportunity to travel for the National Cancer Institute to national conferences. This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate potentially interested in pursuing a research or medical career.


  • Doctorate or Master's-level degree in communications, public health, or related field.
  • A strong interest in social media, graphics, web design.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational, writing, and project management skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Data management skills and/or experience with spreadsheets.

Application Requirements

To be considered for this position, the following materials must be received by the Application Deadline:

  • Cover Letter - Provide an explanation of your interest in the Fellowship Program. Explain your professional development goals and research interests. Describe your experience or interest in health communications and cancer statistics.
  • Resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or resident alien status (e.g. photocopy of birth certificate or passport).
  • Official Transcripts and/or Proof of Academic Good Standing - Send transcript of highest degree conferred. If currently enrolled in school, Proof of Academic Good Standing must be sent on official letterhead and signed by graduate program director, advisor, or equivalent.

Note: In order to qualify for the position, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. A candidate with an I-551 stamp in their passport can also qualify since this is temporary verification of permanent residency status pending issuance of the green card. Individuals with "Employment Authorization" documents (EADs) do not meet eligibility criteria.

Application materials may be submitted via email to Trish Murphy. Paper copies and official Transcripts and/or Proof of Academic Good Standing may be sent to:

Trish Murphy
Surveillance Research Program
9609 Medical Center Drive MSC 9765 Room 4E516
Bethesda, MD 20892 (U.S. Mail)
Rockville, MD 20850 (Courier Service)
Tel. 240-276-6768
Fax: 240-276-7908

The National Cancer Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2019 (or until filled).

Approximate Start Date

As soon as possible.

Stipend and Benefits

The stipends for CRTA Fellows are adjusted yearly, and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. More information is available online at:

Benefits include health insurance at no cost and a wide range of career development and social activities. The office is located in commuter-friendly Rockville, Maryland, close to the bustling metropolis of Bethesda, and near downtown DC.


The Fellowship Mentor for this position will be:

Trish Murphy, MS
Communications Team Lead, Office of the Associate Director
Surveillance Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive MSC 9765 Bethesda, MD 20892 (U.S. Mail)
Rockville, MD 20850 (Courier Service)