Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine

A free online course to help you design and analyze group-randomized trials

Presented by
David M. Murray, Ph.D.
NIH Associate Director for Prevention
Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention

Group-randomized trials (GRTs) are comparative studies designed to evaluate interventions that operate at a group level, change the physical or social environment, or cannot be delivered to individuals without substantial risk of contamination. GRTs are widely used in public health and medicine to evaluate interventions delivered in schools, worksites, hospitals, clinics, communities, and other organizations.

The Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine online course describes the most widely used GRT designs and presents the many approaches to power and data analysis that are now available. The free, seven-part course is presented by Dr. David M. Murray, NIH Associate Director for Prevention and Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). The course includes a list of references, a PDF of each presentation, suggested reading materials, and guided activities.

Explore the ODP’s Resources for Researchers for additional information and interactive tools that support researchers in developing and funding quality projects that address a wide range of research needs, gaps, and priorities.

Start the course now or bookmark it for later!


Postdoctoral Position Currently Available
Division of Asthma Research

Dr. Tesfaye Mersha’s group has an opening for a Research Fellow who will be involved in a combined applied and methodological genetics project, focused on the development and implementation of ancestry (admixture) based detection and characterization of genetic and environmental exposure risk factors in asthma. Key functions of the research fellow include performing genome-wide admixture and association analysis, implement ancestry-environmental exposure interaction analysis, data simulation and imputation and development and testing statistical methods for admixed human datasets.


Requirements: The ideal candidate will have PhD in biostatistics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics or computational biology, proficiency in statistical programming environments such as SAS, R, Java or C++, the ability to communicate statistical concepts and data analysis interpretations to the group, selfmotivated, with a strong aptitude for IT applied to human genomics, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively in a team environment. We are particularly keen to attract a candidates who already have experience and/or training in the statistical methods used in genetic and environmental exposure studies and research interests in population genetics analysis of admixed population or data simulation and imputation.

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, statement of research interests, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Tesfaye Mersha,

Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is a premier pediatric research institution with over 900 diverse and productive faculty members. Here, researchers work collaboratively across specialties and divisions to address some of the biggest challenges we face today in improving child health. A strong network of research support services and facilities, along with institutional commitment to research, push our team of faculty, postdocs and support staff to explore the boundaries of what is possible, leading to significant breakthroughs. We are driven by our mission to improve child health and transform the delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.

Post-doctoral research fellows at Cincinnati Children’s are valued for their unique interests and strengths, and are supported by our institution’s strong programming for post-docs through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development. Mentoring, support for international students and an emphasis on crafting high-quality grant proposals are only a few of the features that set our program apart. Cincinnati Children’s is a respected part of the broader, and very vibrant, Cincinnati community. With a thriving arts scene, numerous festivals celebrating music and food, a passionate fan following for our college and professional sports teams, and a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities, our region is truly a great place to work and live.

Please visit our website for more information about Postdoctoral Research at CCHMC:
Contact our postdoc recruiter, Uma Sivaprasad, PhD, at

To apply online go to: and search for job (requisition) number 88336.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Institution


The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP).

Application Deadline is Monday, January 23, 2017

Click here to apply: 2017 SRTP Application

2017 Summer Research Trainee Program

The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP), founded in 1992, attracts college and medical students from around the nation to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The goal of this program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Fifteen students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of an MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student’s research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

Program Terms
The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory eight week program, running from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, August 3, 2017. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to:

    Attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 5, 2017
    Prepare an abstract of the research project
    Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the program
    Attend mandatory, weekly didactic seminars
    Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination)

Program Support
Once accepted, SRTP provides the following support during the eight week period of the program:

    Housing next to hospital in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill ($3,000 value)
    Living stipend of $4,000 for food and other necessities
    Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
    Meals provided at all didactic sessions

The program is open to students who meet the following criteria:

    Member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine (URM)*
    Undergraduate junior or senior, rising 1st year medical student, or 1st year medical student, graduate school student, or post-baccalaureate student (note: freshman and sophomores not eligible)
    Attended/attending a college or medical school in the US and Puerto Rico
    US citizens or permanent residents

Application Process
The deadline for completed applications (2017 SRTP Application, as well as supporting materials) is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 23, 2017 (no exceptions allowed). Please complete the 2017 SRTP Application and submit supporting materials following the instructions in Parts I and II below.

A complete application must include:

Part I: 2017 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

    Personal Statement
    Supplemental Essay Question

Part II: Supporting Documents
A) 2017 SRTP Recommendation or Medical School Letter of Good Standing. You must use this link to submit:

    Two letters of recommendation
    Letter of Good Standing ONLY IF you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts

B) Official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s). Online format is preferred, emailed to:

Please visit the SRTP Website for more information on how to apply.

Important Dates to Remember:
Application Available: Monday, November 28, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017
Decisions Made (tentative): Thursday, March 2, 2017
Program Starts: Monday, June 5, 2017
Program Ends: Thursday, August 3, 2017

All incomplete applications will not be considered. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline.

All required supporting documents must be received by Monday, January 23, 2017. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are received by this date in our office. Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from

Questions or Additional Information? Please visit our website and SRTP FAQs

*Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population). These groups may include Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Sources: AAMC, NIH and National Science Foundation

Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop

Program Overview

We are building an inspiring community of transdisciplinary (TD) researchers in energetics and cancer and invite you to apply to our new mentored energy balance and cancer education program: the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop. Funded by a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute, this unique educational program is positioned to build capacity in transdisciplinary energy balance and cancer research. The TREC Training Workshop is designed for post-doctoral fellows—primarily individuals in early careers who want to pursue TD research in energy balance and cancer. This Workshop will place strong emphasis on mentoring, developing and applying TD competencies, and a curriculum specifically focused on energetics and cancer. Mentors and teaching faculty represent a diverse array of professional disciplines, from basic scientists to clinicians to behavioral and population scientists and many others. Our in-person Training Workshop will integrate didactic presentations and professional networking across senior and early career scientists, utilizing formal learning with informal transdisciplinary collaboration. Time will be included for one-on-one dialog between fellows and faculty as well as small group discussions that will allow fellows to learn from each other and develop a network. Following on-site training, fellows will engage in sustained mentoring relationships with course faculty, and will have access to prior and future cohorts to facilitate networking opportunities. See the course curriculum here.

More information and application

Posted: 12-5-2016

Mentored Training for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death among persons under the age of 85 and the second leading cause of death overall in the United States. To address this cancer burden, university-based research yields a growing supply of new discoveries, but research findings often take 10-20 years before being incorporated into practice. To address this gap, the science of D&I research has emerged. Our team at Washington University in St Louis has been the leader in developing the science of D & I research. MT-DIRC is a training program for those cancer control researchers who are seeking to gain better training in the field of dissemination and implementations science research.

The 2017 MT-DIRC Summer Institute will occur June 5th-9th 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

Full 2017 MT-DIRC application

Posted: 12-5-2016

Public Health Laboratory Science Faculty Search

The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health seeks faculty members to join in the expansion of vibrant, interdisciplinary research and training programs in the laboratory sciences. We have three tenure-track or tenured faculty positions open at the associate or full professor levels and we seek applicants in areas of public health laboratory sciences including nutrition sciences, molecular and system physiology, epidemiology, health informatics, toxicology and exposure sciences, immunology and infectious diseases, genetics and genomics, microbiology, virology, epigenetics, engineering and systems biology. Faculty members will be expected to engage in teaching, mentoring and service and to establish extramurally funded and internationally recognized research programs.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD, MD, ScD or equivalent in a health sciences related discipline and a demonstrated track record of scholarly publications and extramural funding.

Successful candidates will be appointed in one of six academic departments within the School (Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, or Prevention and Community Health). Appointment and rank will be commensurate with experience.

The School of Public Health has laboratory facilities in a brand new state of the art Science and Engineering Hall located in the heart of the GW Foggy Bottom campus (see below).

In addition to the expansive laboratory space on campus, many opportunities exist to establish partnerships with university-wide laboratory science initiatives in areas such as computational biology and genomics and with research centers of excellence at GW and in the Washington DC area, including GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, the GW Computational Biology Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, the National Institute of Science and Technology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus, INOVA hospital system, the Sabin Institute, Naval Research Laboratory, the Smithsonian, and the National Institutes of Health intramural research programs.

Application Procedure: Applicants should apply at, and upload a cover letter discussing specific qualifications and research interests, and a current curriculum vitae.

Review of applications will begin on December 19, 2016 and will continue until positions are filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

For further information about the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, please see For questions relating to this opportunity, please contact Milken Institute School of Public Health Office of Faculty Affairs at

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posted: 12-5-2016

The Department of Nutritional Sciences in the University of Michigan School of Public Health is seeking candidates for two tenure-track/tenured positions, one position at the rank of Assistant Professor and one open-rank position as Assistant, Associate or full Professor in the areas of Nutrition Epidemiology and Behavioral Nutrition. Job Posting (pdf)

Posted 12-5-2016

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Biostatistics Position Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostastics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University invites applicants for a tenure-track/tenured position at the Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level in Biostastics. PDF of Full Job Description

NHLBI Funding and Research Opportunities

NIH Offers Niche Assessment Program to SBIR and STTR Phase I Awardees (NOT-OD-16-144) National Institutes of Health

NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution (NOT-OD-17-001) National Institutes of Health

Notice of Information Regarding the “Announcement of Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test Challenge Competition” (NOT-OD-17-004) National Institutes of Health

Optional Electronic Submission Method to Request to Submit An Unsolicited Application That Will Exceed $500,000 in Direct Costs (NOT-OD-17-005) National Institutes of Health

Request for Information (RFI): Including Preprints and Interim Research Products in NIH Applications and Reports (NOT-OD-17-006) National Institutes of Health

Requests for Applications:
BD2K Support for Meetings of Data Science Related Organizations (U13) (RFA-CA-16-020)

Program Announcements:
Secondary Analyses of Existing Datasets in Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases and Sleep Disorders (R21)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): New applications: February 24, 2017;
February 23, 2018; February 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of application

In-Depth Phenotyping and Research Using IMPC-Generated Knockout Mouse
Strains Exhibiting Embryonic or Perinatal Lethality or Subviability (R01)

Job Opportunity Department of Psychology at Michigan State University

The Department of Psychology at Michigan State University is seeking an outstanding scientist for a tenure system appointment in behavioral and statistical genetics at the rank of assistant professor effective August 16, 2017. We seek a scientist with an interdisciplinary line of scholarship and expertise in computational/statistical genetics as it applies to studies of humans. We have a particular interest in scientists with training in twin methods and analyses as well as computational genomics. Candidates should exhibit a strong potential to secure extramural funding and be highly productive scholars and effective teachers for our undergraduate and graduate programs. Candidates must complete an online application at (posting #4191). Applications should include a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and three representative reprints. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed to Cathy Garavaglia at: (Attn: Behavioral Genetics Search). Consideration of applications will begin November 1st, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and great school districts. MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at


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