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Associate Director for Behavioral Research

The National Cancer Institute, a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), seeks a senior scientist to serve as Associate Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). The individual will lead the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), which includes the Office of the Associate Director and the following five branches: Applied Cancer Screening Research, Basic and Biobehavioral Research, Health Communication and Informatics Research, Health Promotion Research, and Tobacco Control Research. The successful applicant will play a central and highly visible leadership role in the NCI's efforts in the social and behavioral sciences and their application to cancer prevention and control.

The Associate Director provides scientific and administrative leadership for the entire program, supervises the staff of the Office of the Associate Director and the five branch chiefs, and represents the NCI to a wide variety of professional, academic, and advocacy organizations. In addition, the Associate Director develops and facilitates collaborations with other social and behavioral science research funders, including NIH Institutes and Centers, the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many non-governmental organizations. The Behavioral Research Program's grants, contracts, interagency agreements and operating budgets totaled over 135 million dollars in Fiscal Year 2007. This includes over 310 grants and 20 interagency agreements.

This challenging and highly visible role requires broad scientific expertise, a passion for public service, a commitment to collaboration, and an ability to develop effective strategies for overcoming barriers to scientific progress and its application. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in the social or behavioral sciences, public health, medicine, or a related discipline and a strong record of peer-reviewed publications relevant to health behavior etiology, mechanisms, and/or intervention. Experience in managing complex research projects, scientific staff, training programs, interdisciplinary collaborations, or funding programs is highly valued. The BRP of the DCCPS provides a unique and nationally visible multidisciplinary environment that participates in NCI's many internship, postdoctoral training and visiting scientist programs. The DCCPS also is committed to addressing health disparities through transdisciplinary research and its effective dissemination. This is an excepted service position (Title 42) with a salary range of $150,000 - $190,000. Please submit a letter of interest, and a CV to Robert T. Croyle, PhD, Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, 6130 Executive Blvd., Room 6138, Rockville, MD 20852. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For more information about DCCPS/NCI, see www.cancercontrol.cancer.gov.

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.