Associate Director (Supervisory Mathematical Statistician) - National Cancer Institute, NIH

Rockville, Maryland
Commensurate with qualifications and experience as permitted within Federal guidelines.
Jan 30, 2019
Mar 01, 2019
Associate Director BRP NCI 19-020184
Full Time

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is recruiting a Supervisory Mathematical Statistician to serve as Associate Director for the Biometric Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD).  We are seeking a senior level candidate with 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.  BRP is comprised of the Biostatistics Branch (BB) and the Computational Systems Biology Branch (CSBB) which consists of doctoral level statisticians and computational biologists conducting 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.  Additional information about BRP can be found at  This position will oversee responsibilities of these two Branches and its staff.  Interested candidates should have supervisory experience in leading high-level scientists, general personnel management, management of workloads including division and programmatic priorities, as well as technical leadership and guidance in the major subject areas described within. 

The candidate will serve as a key advisor to the DCTD Director and will direct a program of study and research in the development of new methodologies and techniques in Biostatistics and Computational Biology, including research having direct relevance to design and analysis of new and ongoing clinical trials evaluating precision medicine approaches and analysis of biomarker and high-dimensional data such as genomic, transcriptome, and proteomic data.  The candidate will be expected to provide expertise and oversight in the design of clinical trials sponsored by the NCI and monitoring these clinical trials, provide statistical policy guidance for initiatives in translational research, 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, and serve as the primary spokesman to the NCI Division leaders and the NCI Director regarding an extensive variety of complex biostatistical and computational related issues.  Provides authoritative advice and leadership in various aspects of clinical research, including clinical trials and correlative study design, design of bioinformatic systems to support clinical trials, clinical study concept and protocol review, as well as clinical trial auditing, and monitoring.

This is a full-time Federal Government position located in Rockville, Maryland.  This position is being filled as a Senior Scientific Officer under the Title 42(f) excepted service appointment.  Compensation is commensurate with the individual’s qualifications and experience as permitted within Federal Government appointments.   Federal benefits will be provided, including retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and savings plan (401(k) equivalent). 

The Mathematical Statistician series has mandatory educational requirements.  Candidate must have a degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics, from an accredited college or university.

OR, A combination of education and experience - at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included 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.  Official transcripts will be required from selectee prior to receiving an official offer.

Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside of the U.S. 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 ( Verification must be received prior to receiving an official offer.

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: 1) letter of interest; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) complete bibliography; 4) copy of degree(s) and transcripts, detailing a list of coursework as proof of meeting educational requirement; and 5) three letters of reference to Paula Itnyre, Team Lead, DCTD ARC, NCI at ITNYREP@NIH.GOV; who can be also be reached at 301-624-1249 to address any questions. 

Application packages will only be accepted 02/17/2019 through 02/26/2019.  Please email complete package to ITNYREP@NIH.GOV putting “APPLICANT FOR BRP ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR” in the 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 FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 11:59PM, E.S.T.


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