Visiting Research Director
Philadelphia, PA  / Washington, DC 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Visiting Research Director
Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC

Executive Summary 
The Cancer Support Community’s Research & Training Institute (RTI) in Philadelphia, PA, is seeking a Visiting Research Director. Candidates should have experience and strong interest in behavioral science, cancer survivorship, and/or health service delivery research.

The Visiting Research Director will support the implementation and execution of research projects for Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Experience Registry, a longitudinal observational research survey open to adults diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers.

We are seeking an individual with strong study design, project management, research execution, and data analysis experience, including implementing research studies, developing surveys and study content, performing statistical analyses, and presenting at professional conferences. This is an opportunity to be involved in all facets of research, from survey design to data analysis and management to dissemination of results. The successful candidate will possess highly effective interpersonal and collaboration skills, excellent writing and verbal communication skills, and have a strong interest in community-based research and data application. The successful candidate for this position will have interest and related experience in epidemiology, public health, psychology, health informatics, and/or cancer-related psychosocial research.
The Visiting Research Director will report to the Senior Director of Research and will be responsible for the supporting the expansion and dissemination of findings from of the Cancer Experience Registry. The Registry is an observational survey designed to understand the full impact of the cancer experience. The Registry includes a core survey that all patients are invited to complete that addresses a wide range of issues that cancer patients face, regardless of the type of cancer diagnosis they have received; Specialty Registries, where, in addition to the core survey, individuals with specific diagnoses are asked additional questions tailored to address the unique issues of their disease; and, a separate survey for family and informal cancer caregivers. Registry findings are used to further the science of psychosocial oncology as well as directly inform the development of support resources and policy efforts to serve those impacted by cancer.

The Visiting Research Director will be responsible for managing and planning various aspects of the Registry, such as creating and engaging expert advisors to inform survey design, tracking and managing select project deliverables, monitoring outreach and recruitment efforts, conducting statistical analysis, and leading conference and publication submissions. 

Competitive candidates will have strong experience in research design and execution, collaborating with content experts to inform research planning, developing survey content,  independently performing statistical analyses, and manuscript writing and dissemination. This is an opportunity to be involved across the research continuum, from survey design, data analysis, and dissemination of results. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills in translating complex concepts to non-methodologically expert audiences, and a strong interest in behavioral survey research, public health, health informatics, clinical or social psychology, and/or healthcare-related psychosocial research.

This is a one-year position with renewal contingent upon available grant funding.   

  • Research survey development, implementation, analysis, and dissemination
  • Collaborating with external advisors, partners, and funders around project design, dissemination, and final reports
  • Support dissemination findings, including publications, presentations, conference posters, and other scientific products with respect to Registry findings and ensure quality of deliverables
  • Support proposal writing needs relevant to the Registry
  • Assist with other related Research & Training projects as needed

  • PhD in social or behavioral sciences (e.g., Public Health, Psychology, Epidemiology, other related health services or social science field)
  • Strong project management and data management experience, including implementing research studies and developing surveys, and performing statistical analyses
  • Ability to travel to local and national conferences to support research dissemination and cultivate new partnerships
  • Highly effective interpersonal and collaboration skills, including the ability to take a leading role on assigned projects (this feels the same as strong project management skills)
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team in a consulting environment including communication with staff members with expertise outside social sciences and with non-researchers
  • Strong publication record and proposal writing experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Research experience in qualitative and quantitative psychosocial outcomes and/or interventions with chronic illness/cancer is a plus
  • Proficiency in social and behavioral science research methodologies
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams
  • The ability to translate complex concepts to non-methodologically expert audiences

In addition to a competitive base salary, we offer: comprehensive medical, prescription, vision, and dental coverage; paid vacation and sick time; short-term and long-term disability insurance; flex spending accounts: transit, healthcare and dependent care; life insurance; and optional participation in an employee contribution Tax Sheltered Annuity plan.

As the largest professionally-led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the CSC is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research and advocacy. The organization includes an international network of affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The CSC Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral and survivorship research. CSC engages in patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.

The Cancer Support Community is an equal employment opportunity employer.



Special Notes/Instructions
HOW TO APPLY To apply, please submit to a resume and a cover letter that describes how your experience and skills relate to the above-described responsibilities and qualifications for this position.
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Temporary, Full Time
Hours per Week
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
9am - 5pm
Required Education
Required Experience
4 to 10 years
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