Senior Epidemiologist III

American Cancer Society
Atlanta, GA
Overall responsibility for leading the Risk Factors & Screening Surveillance Unit in the Surveillance & Health Services Research Program of the Intramural Research Department. The Unit updates and publishes Cancer Prevention & Early Detection (CPED) Facts & Figures annually. Provides risk factors and screening data for American Cancer Society (ACS) Divisions and leadership to guide cancer control planning and measure progress. Contributes to updating and publishing ACS’s screening guideline in the CA-A Cancer J Clinicians. Designs, analyzes, and publishes original 
research on risk factors and screening by demographic, socioeconomic and health system using population-based surveys.

The unit leader serves as the primary internal expert on risk factors and screening. Oversees development and maintenance of databases for risk factors and screening as available from the National Center for Health Statistics (e.g. NHIS, NIS-TEEN) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (e.g., the BRFSS, BRFSS-SMART), and National Cancer Institute (e.g. the CPS-TUS). Develops collaborative working enterprises with colleagues in Research, Cancer Control Science, ACS-Cancer Action Network and Health Promotions to identify policy-relevant research topics.

• Supervises the work and training of Master-level Epidemiologist and an Intern. Provides overall direction, prioritizes research proposals, collaborates on analyses, and contributes to preparation of scientific publications.
• Directs and conducts descriptive and analytic studies to test specific research questions or hypotheses and identify demographic, socioeconomic and health system factors associated with cancer prevention and early detection.
• Overall responsibility for the content, technical accuracy, and timely publication of CPED. 
•  Respond accurately and in a timely manner to statistical and technical questions referred to Risk Factors & Screening. These often include high profile and short deadline and accurate response to media inquiries.
• Identifies and evaluates new data resources for risk factors and screening research, including data linkage opportunities (such as those pertinent databases from Census, Economic or health insurance claims) to    assess cancer control policies in the states and/or nationally.
• Identifies analytic strategies and statistical approaches applicable to risk factors and screening.
• Provides expert consultation to Health Promotions, Cancer Control, ACS Divisions, and other national and field staff on the sources, use, limitations, and interpretation of risk factors and screening. Represent ACS as media resource when needed.
• Publicizes ACS’ studies’ findings by speaking at professional meetings and to the media; consults and interprets results of epidemiologic studies with the media as a recognized expert in the field.
• Collaborates with other national surveillance organizations (e.g., CDC, NCI).
• Service contribution is measured by the quantity and quality of scientific publications and the impact of these publications in the field and the contribution of work to the program and society.
Position Requirements
  • PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or a related field, and at least five years of experience in public health.
  • Strong record of research productivity.
  • Extensive knowledge of cancer epidemiology, including methods and study design.
  • Working familiarity with SAS and SUDAAN. Knowledge of basic statistics with good quantitative skills.
  • Publication productivity is measured by number of publications, authorship position (first, second, or third author), and standing of journals in which articles are published.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in team setting.
Staff have a unique opportunity to save lives through direct mission impact while fulfilling personal and career objectives. The American Cancer Society values accountability and high performance and rewards those teams and team members who continually improve their capability and contribution. The American Cancer Society is also dedicated to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce to help achieve our mission.
Save Lives. Fulfill Yours.
ACS is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Stanley Merritt
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303