Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Sought for Statistician


The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program (SRP) seeks to recruit a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow. This full-time fellowship position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and provides outstanding opportunities for training and professional development.

SRP directs the collection and analysis of cancer surveillance data to answer key questions about cancer. As part of its mission, the 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 approximately 35% of the US population.

Position Description

This CRTA position will function as a member of the SRP’s Statistical Research and Applications Branch (SRAB). SRAB provides leadership in statistical methods for the collection, analysis, and presentation of essential measures related to the cancer control, surveillance, and epidemiology programs of the National Cancer Institute and the broader cancer control and research community. The CRTA fellow will work directly with scientists on statistical and applied projects that are central to the missions of SRP and SRAB.

Example research topics include, but not limited to:

  • Statistical methods and data sources for producing reliable and precise cancer rates of incidence and mortality by birth place;
  • Population estimations for variables not available in standard population data, e.g. birth place, hysterectomy status, or education;
  • Statistical evaluations of linked data for uses in cancer epidemiological studies, e.g. reconciliation of linked birth place data;
  • Statistical approached for overcoming challenges to data sharing and release, e.g. synthetic cancer registry data and disclosure risk assessment;
  • Simulation studies for evaluating new statistical methods, and application of novel statistical methods in studies of cancer data quality or cancer epidemiology.

Research products include scientific journal papers and government reports. The CTRA fellow will have opportunities to attend conferences and workshops to present their research findings and for professional training. Additionally, the CRTA fellow is encouraged to initiate and develop his or her own projects.


Applicants must have successfully completed a master’s or a doctor’s degree (preferred) in biostatistics, statistics, quantitative methods, or a related field. Experiences and coursework in statistics are essential, as is experience of applying statistical methods to cancer epidemiology studies, and statistical computing and software for statistical analysis. Knowledge and/or experiences of statistical synthetic data for disclosure limitation, estimation of rates of cancer incidence or mortality are preferred, but not required.

Application Requirements

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

  1. 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.
  2. Resume or CV.
  3. Names of three references with contact information.
  4. List of relevant course works or unofficial transcripts.
  5. Proof of Citizenship or resident alien status (e.g. Photocopy of Birth Certificate or Passport).

Note: 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.

Once a candidate is selected for this position, she/he is required to provide 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.

In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85). Your fellowship is contingent upon clearance of this background investigation.

The National Cancer Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 the Behavioral Research Program website. 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:

Mandi Yu, PhD
Mathematical Statistician, Statistical Research and Application Branch
Surveillance Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive MSC 9765
Bethesda, MD 20892 (U.S. Mail)
Rockville, MD 20850 (Courier Service)

Last Updated: 19 Mar, 2021