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Seeking Chief of NCI's Tobacco Control Research Branch

Thursday, December 20, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Cancer Institute’s (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP) is seeking a senior scientist to serve as Chief of the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB). TCRB provides national and international leadership and support for research activities related to prevention and control of tobacco use and the elimination of cancer and suffering due to tobacco use. TCRB also synthesizes and disseminates scientific findings through publications, special journal issues, and its Tobacco Control Monograph series.

The successful candidate will lead a group of behavioral and social scientists, fellows, and administrative staff to develop innovative research initiatives, and to encourage research in key scientific areas, to advance tobacco control. The Branch Chief will work collaboratively with the Associate Director and other Branch Chiefs in BRP to lead new initiatives within the program, the NCI, and the NIH. Moreover, the Branch Chief will play an important role in increasing functional integration of substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research across NIH, and collaborate with senior leadership across agencies within DHHS, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with other Federal Agencies, as well as with diverse non-governmental agencies on a range of tobacco control programs and initiatives to advance public health.

There are many new opportunities to advance tobacco control research including the regulatory authority of the FDA, a greater focus on addressing the burden of global tobacco, and new prevention efforts driven by the Affordable Care Act.

The BRP provides a unique and nationally visible multidisciplinary environment and participates in NCI’s many internship, postdoctoral training, and visiting scientist programs. The TCRB Chief will enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with opportunities to:

· Develop research and funding initiatives;

· Cultivate a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research;

· Lead and participate in cross-disciplinary research collaborations involving public, private, and academic stakeholders;

· Develop national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops);

· Conduct research, publish, and present at professional meetings; and

· Contribute to the development of major tobacco-related documents.

Candidates must have earned an MD or PhD or the equivalent in the behavioral or social sciences, public health, quantitative sciences, medicine, or related areas. Successful candidates will have an exceptional record of publications and extramural funding as well as a high degree of national/international visibility in one or more areas related to the mission of the TCRB. Extensive experience in several areas of tobacco control research, the ability to manage complex research projects and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, supervise scientific staff and manage budgets is also essential.

The salary range for this position is $123,758 – $155,500 annually, depending upon qualifications and experience (GS-15 pay grade). The work site location is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Rockville, Maryland. United States citizenship is required for all applicants. Excellent benefits will be provided; a relocation package will be negotiable. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and copies of two representative publications to Ms. Juanita Cox at For questions about the position, contact Dr. Deborah Winn (search committee chair) at, or Dr. William Klein (Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program) at Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2013. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To learn more about the TCRB, please visit: To learn more about the BRP, please visit:

Source: NIH/NCI

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