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Scientist, Behavioral Research

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Atlanta, GA, USA

Assists senior principal scientist in the Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group to conduct health disparities/health equity research on behavioral and epidemiological aspects of cancer across the cancer control continuum (prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship). In addition, the associate scientist will collaborate with other research colleagues who share in statistical modeling, program review, analysis documentation, derived variable creation, development of new study resources, and support for external collaborations. The associate scientist will help advance the research team’s collective expertise in statistical programming and methods through independent study, internal presentations, and written memos. The associate scientist also will be responsible for day-to-day coordination of health disparities/health equity study activities as needed. The position includes opportunities for learning skills relevant to behavioral science, epidemiology, and cancer control including co-lead/authorship of peer-reviewed publications.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Assist with the design and conduct of behavioral and epidemiologic studies using American Cancer Society datasets (e.g., cohort studies, intervention studies) and public datasets using various computer resources and statistical software.
  • Assist with the design and conduct of original health disparities/health equity studies including collaborative and community-engaged research projects.
  • Assist with the preparation of study proposals as well as manuscripts for publication in the fields of health disparities/health equity, behavioral science, epidemiology, and public health including conducting scientific literature reviews.
  • Generate scientific presentations and reports for internal and external use.
  • Provide statistical programming support (including statistical modeling) and database analysis for collaborative studies with external teams, as needed.
  • Coordinate daily study activities including collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, healthcare entities, and/or academic institutions.
  • Document analytic programs and data management to facilitate record-keeping and use by others.
  • Contribute to general data/biospecimen collection and management as needed.
Educational Background: 
Master’s degree in related field (e.g., Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Public Health) and at least one year of programming experience in analytic work, preferably in a scientific, epidemiologic, or behavioral research environment.
  • Ability to conduct statistical analyses and interpret results using SAS and/or R; ability to learn additional programming languages as needed (e.g., Mplus, SPSS).
  • Knowledge of survey-based research methods including longitudinal and survival analysis.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to produce high quality work independently.
  • Highly motivated with strong attention to detail and organization skills.
  • Strong quantitative skills; some qualitative skills preferred but not required.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.
  • Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment.
  • Experience in electronic data management, particularly in processing of large datasets.
  • Understanding of behavioral theory preferred but not required.


  • Training or strong interest in health disparities/health equity research preferred.
  • Additional analytic skills related to latent variable analysis, advanced graphics design, bioinformatics, and/or text analytics are preferred, but not required.


  • Office desk work with extensive time spent typing, using a mouse, and viewing screens.

We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.

Job Function: 

Organization Info

American Cancer Society

Atlanta, GA, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
About Us

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

You can connect with us through LinkedIn groups: American Cancer Society Supporter, American Cancer Society Relay For Life, or American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jun 8 2019
Active Until: 
Jul 9 2019
Hiring Organization: 
American Cancer Society