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Principal Scientist, Population Science

Job ID 28807564960 Location Atlanta, Georgia Position Type Full-time

At the American Cancer Society, we're leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. We actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds including communities of color, the LGBTQ community, veterans, and people with disabilities. The greater the diversity of our people, the better we can serve our communities.

The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our lifesaving mission. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.

 

Position Description

The Population Science Department of the American Cancer Society invites applicants for several doctoral-level senior scientist positions.  

The Population Science Department uses the collective expertise of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and behavioral scientists to better understand the behavioral, social, environmental, and biologic factors that affect cancer prevention, risk, survivorship, and survival. 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. Most of the work within Population Science uses the Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS), a series of large-scale prospective cohort studies built and maintained by the American Cancer Society since the 1950’s. The CPS cohorts include extensive survey-based data, other data sources such as accelerometry, blood, stool, saliva, and tumor tissue.  We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, scientists with expertise in the following areas:

  • Cancer health disparities
  • Sleep science
  • Breast, endometrial, ovarian cancer, and gastrointestinal cancers (e.g. pancreas, colon)
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Nutrition, diet patterns, or novel diet assessment
  • Cancer survivorship including biologic aging

 

Position Requirements

The scientists hired for these positions will initiate and direct research projects in collaboration with other intramural research scientists and the extramural scientific community that result in published peer-reviewed original research. The scientists will also serve as public spokespeople for Population Science by communicating results of their research to stakeholders-including American Cancer Society staff and volunteers, the scientific community, mainstream media, policy, and the public at large. These full-time positions offer a unique opportunity to contribute to work that has international impact.

 

Successful candidates should have a sustained focus on cancer epidemiology, will be expected to establish an innovative, independent research portfolio that aligns with the Society’s mission and Population Science research priorities, and will contribute to the scientific leadership of the CPS cohorts.  Applicants must have a doctoral degree and post-doctoral training in epidemiology, behavioral science, public health, statistics/bioinformatics or a related field, as well as a consistent track-record of publication.

The positions are available immediately, and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. These positions are based at the American Cancer Society’s Research Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

 

Please submit a cover letter that includes a research statement and a curriculum vitae. 

 

The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).

ACS provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: jobs.cancer.org/benefits. We are a proud equal opportunity employer.

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