Senior Research Epidemiologist at Public Health Institute

Senior Research Epidemiologist - #157-17

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

PHI is seeking a part time Senior Research Epidemiologist for the Cancer Registry of Greater California. This position is located in Sacramento, CA.

The Senior Research Epidemiologist position reports to the SEER PI, Research Program Director II (RPD) and serves as a leader of the Public Health Institute’s cancer registry programs and research initiatives with shared responsibility for management, oversight, development, fundraising, and research activities. This position is contingent on contract award.

The primary responsibility is to serve as Co-Investigator for the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) contracts with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). PHI currently manages and operates the largest SEER registry, covering 48 of the 58 California counties, with a population base of nearly 20 million residents, and approximately 90,000 incidences each year with data for cancer cases beginning in 1988. The Senior Research Epidemiologist is responsible for contributing to the oversight of the collection of high quality data from the Greater California Region as well as data dissemination and use. The position involves close participation with the statewide California Cancer Registry (CCR) in advancing the search for cures and causes of cancer – this includes collaborating and conceptualizing optimal collection and use of timely and high quality surveillance data. The Senior Research Epidemiologist provides guidance of research staff to plan and implement public health surveillance activities related to this SEER region and that support the research mission of the PHI, CRGC and CCR.

Under the leadership of the Program Director, the Senior Research Epidemiologist and staff will also work with outside academic researchers and clinical researchers to secure additional research funding to design and conduct research using CRGC data.

As sustainable growth within CRGC is of paramount importance, the Senior Research Epidemiologist also serves as a liaison between PHI, including PHI management, researchers and program staff, CDPH, NCI, SEER, the Centers for Disease Control, and other entities to initiate additional registry-related program activities, including, but not limited to, working on initiatives with the International Association of Cancer Registries, developing technical assistance services, and registry management for other diseases.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Co-Investigator of PHI’s Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) contracts with the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program, CDPH, NPCR and others. Assist the Principal Investigator in ensuring that the assigned scope of work is successfully completed and all contract deliverables met. Contribute to the identification and support of research scientists, research associates, graduate students and support staff. Mentor research staff, ensure adequate training available, encourage development of research proposals, and dissemination of results and presentations for professional meetings.

    • Identifying new strategic partnership opportunities with external organizations, securing new collaborations and funding to support CRGC’s strategic research goals.
    • Build effective and mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring high levels of engagement and delivery.
  • Promote data utilization and consult with internal and external researchers who wish to use CRGC and/or CCR data for research (for example, the North America Association of Central Registries (NAACCR). Coordinate with CCR and ensure requirements for release of CRGC data are met.
  • Conceptualize, propose, conduct, and coordinate epidemiologic research projects that support CRGC and/or CCR objectives.
  • Promote and maintain collaborative efforts for programmatic and research work between the three California SEER Regions, the statewide CCR, and California’s other research assets such as Cancer Centers and the American Cancer Society.
  • Develop new research, operational, or technical assistance collaborations that relate to other disease registry management or advances and enhances the sustainable growth of the program.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other PHI programs in business development, research collaboration, and mentorship of staff.
  • Lead development of manuscripts for publication; participate in the national and statewide dialogue on finding the causes and cures for cancer as appropriate.
  • Assist the Principal Investigation in articulating a vision and implementing strategies for the CRGC and related PHI initiatives to advance cutting-edge population health strategies that align with shifts in clinical care, and to become more efficient through automation as new electronic and data tools are available. Identify other databases that can be linked with the CRGC data to enhance the research, knowledge, and utility of the CRGC database.
  • Network with other cancer registries, NCI, CDC, NAACCR, and other groups to chart the future of cancer registries and cancer research.


  • Doctorate in public health epidemiology or related field, or MD with MPH
  • At least seven years of experience managing surveillance, data collection, and complex research studies.
  • Experience with cancer registries, either directly or indirectly by using registry data.
  • Excellent administrative, management and supervisory skills.
  • Experience in the successful preparation of concept and proposal development.
  • Proven track record successfully securing research funding.
  • Experience with preparation of publications for peer-reviewed journals and scientific publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and attract research talent.
  • Knowledge of cancer epidemiology, including surveillance issues, study design, research methods, and data analysis.
  • Ability to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to vision and collaborate on securing the future of California’s CCR system.
  • Knowledge of informatics, health information exchange, meaningful use, and technological developments in the health care and public health arenas.
  • Ability to work in a management team and with a diverse workforce.
  • Ability to work with physicians and other outside researchers to support the use of registry data in cancer research studies.
  • Ability to manage budget of $5+ million dollars.
  • Experience and ability to serve as the responsible authority for research grants including federal and research grants.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.


This is an exempt position and the salary is commensurate with experience. PHI offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b (group retirement annuity) and partial subsidy of public transportation cost. For more information about PHI’s benefits, visit our benefits page at

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