Scientist, Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GAPosting Date: 11/19/2019
Scientist – Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group
The Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group (BERG) at the American Cancer Society invites applications for an early-career, behavioral scientist position (similar to an assistant professor in academia). We seek a “bridge-builder” who can translate insights from observational studies to the development and testing of innovative, technology-based behavioral interventions aimed at preventing cancer or improving cancer outcomes, including quality of life and functioning, as well as reducing cancer disparities. Individuals with expertise in nutrition and/or physical activity are preferred.
The BERG’s mission is to advance science through research that informs cancer prevention and survivorship guidelines, programs, and policies for reducing the cancer burden. To advance this mission, we leverage our collective behavioral and epidemiology research expertise, diverse study resources and multi-sector collaborations to conduct innovative and multi-disciplinary research. Our research focuses on cancer risk factors and behaviors with the highest cancer burden, common and highly fatal cancers, and outcomes after cancer diagnosis. This research aims to refine personalized risk prediction and targeted intervention strategies, inform public health and clinical decision making for cancer prevention and survivorship, and reduce disparities among medically vulnerable populations.
The scientist hired for this position will initiate and direct research projects in collaboration with other BERG and intramural research scientists, other American Cancer Society departments, and the extramural scientific community. They also will provide consultation in their area of expertise to American Cancer Society staff and contribute to Society-wide initiatives relevant to their research. This full-time position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to work that has international impact.
This position is based at the American Cancer Society’s Global Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The Society is the largest not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States. The BERG is one of four intramural research programs, along with programs in Surveillance and Health Services Research, Economic and Health Policy, and Statistics and Evaluation. The BERG has 42 full-time staff including doctoral-, master’s-, and bachelor’s-level scientific and support staff, as well as five post-doctoral fellows.
Applicants must have a doctoral degree and post-doctoral training in behavioral science, psychology, sociology, public health, nutrition, exercise science, epidemiology, or a related field, as well as a consistent track-record of publication. The position is available immediately, and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter that includes a research statement, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to the American Cancer Society at https://jobs.cancer.org/job/atlanta/berg-scientist/79/13852045.