Supervisory Mathematical Statistician (Branch Chief)

Rockville, Maryland
Commensurate of individual’s qualifications and experience within Federal Government appointments.
Dec 18, 2018
Jan 17, 2019
Full Time

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is recruiting for a Supervisory Mathematical Statistician to serve as Branch Chief in the Biostatistics Branch (BB), Biometric Research Program (BRP) (, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD).  We are seeking a senior level candidate with a professional mastery of advanced mathematical and statistical theory and methods for biomedical research or equivalent education and experience.  The position provides statistical leadership and oversight for the national program of therapeutic and diagnostic clinical trials at the NCI, as well as translational research in developmental therapeutics, diagnostics, and cancer imaging.  The Biostatistics Branch consists of doctoral level statisticians who conduct research in methods for the design, monitoring and analysis of clinical trials and related studies and who provide statistical oversight of the national program of therapeutic and diagnostic clinical trials sponsored by the DCTD.  This position will also serve as the Branch Chief of the Biostatistics Branch, therefore, interested candidates should have supervisory experience in leading high-level scientists and have experience in general personnel management, management of workloads including division and programmatic priorities, as well as demonstrated technical leadership and guidance in the major subject areas mentioned above.  The candidate will be expected to provide expertise and oversight in the design of clinical trials sponsored by the NCI and the monitoring of these clinical trials, as well as provide statistical policy guidance for initiatives in translational research.  The candidate is expected to conduct and oversee cutting-edge research that furthers the state of the art in biostatistics leading to new concepts and methodologies for application to cancer research. 

We are seeking a senior level candidate with a professional mastery of advanced mathematical and statistical theory and methods for biomedical research or equivalent education and experience.  Applicant must possess knowledge and experience to successfully direct and supervise a program consisting of multiple high functioning Ph.D. staff performing a mirage of duties associated with pre-clinical and clinical trials involving scientific design and analysis, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

You must have a degree that includes coursework in mathematics and statistics.  Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics requirements include the following eligible courses: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite.  Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.

Experience should include a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

Knowledge and experience performing the following types of tasks: providing statistical and mathematical leadership to and collaboration with scientists on research study technology and methodology; providing expert advice and consultation on the use of mathematical modeling to develop, evaluate and improve estimates of research progress measures; applying advanced statistical theory and methods in the design and analysis of biomedical research studies; evaluating new statistical methods for broad and comprehensive research projects; and developing new quantitative and qualitative statistical methods and models to describe, analyze, synthesize and interpret data.

This is a full-time government position in Rockville, Maryland. Compensation for the position is commensurate with the individual’s qualifications and experience as permitted within federal government appointments. 

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the US must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at Certified verification by acceptable provider must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.


Interested candidates must submit a 1) Letter of Interest; 2) Current Curriculum Vitae; 3) Complete Bibliography; 4) Copy of Degree(s); and 5) Full Contact Information of Three References.  References must be able to validate qualifications and experience required of this position.  Applications must be submitted to Paula Itnyre, Lead Administrative Officer, DCTD ARC, NCI at who can also be reached at 301-624-1249 to address any questions. 

Applications will be accepted by email December 29, 2018 through January 07, 2019.  Please put "APPLICANT FOR BRP BRANCH CHIEF" in Subject Line of email.  Incomplete applications and applications received outside of these designated dates will not be considered.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 07, 2019, 11:59PM, E.S.T.

Do NOT include your date of birth or social security number on any portion of your application package.

DHHS, NIH, and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.