Program Director, NCI, Tobacco Control Research Branch Opportunity

Expires 29 May 2019

The Behavioral Research Program (BRP) within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences invites letters of interest from health scientists with tobacco control research experience, especially those with expertise in tobacco cessation, to serve as a Program Director (Health Scientist Administrator) within the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB).

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As a Program Director (Health Scientist Administrator) in TCRB, the health scientist will be part of a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with ample opportunities to: 

• Provide leadership and direction for a research program of national and international scope;  

• Perform a wide variety of responsibilities relating to the administration of a grant portfolio involving studies examining a wide range of tobacco control research topics;  

• Interact with the extramural community, particularly grantees and applicants, to encourage submission of the highest quality applications in response to tobacco control funding opportunities; 

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

• Mentor scientific fellows and trainees; 

• Conduct independent research, publish, and present at professional meetings; 

• Participate in tobacco control efforts across the federal government and with external tobacco control partners; and 

• Engage with colleagues across the Behavioral Research Program to advance research in cancer prevention and control.

Qualified candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent in the behavioral sciences, social sciences, health services, health policy, medicine, or related areas. We welcome applicants with experience in any relevant area of tobacco control research, but we are particularly interested in those with expertise in tobacco cessation.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in the development and evaluation of tobacco cessation interventions, including the initiation, oversight, and/or conduct of clinical trials research, as well as a history of effective collaborations with scientific peers.  In addition, excellent speaking and writing abilities, including a track record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, are also required. 


The anticipated full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland, and will likely be classified as a GS 13/14 on This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy. A formal position announcement will be posted on, and applications must be submitted there to be considered.  


Please submit a letter of interest, a CV, and two representative publications to