CIS Researchers Job Description

A CIS Researcher is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service’s Research Agenda.

Definition of a CIS Researcher

A CIS Researcher is someone who is in charge of Cancer Information Service (CIS) in their job location and makes a report to the National Cancer Institute in order to help prevent cancer, cure cancer, or determine any new types of cancer that might develop.

Duties of a CIS Researcher

A CIS Researcher executes strategic plans for research in a cluster of states such as the Northern Cluster which includes 13 states and the six New England States. The 13 states are:

  1. Connecticut is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  2. Maine is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  3. Massachusetts is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  4. New Hampshire is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  5. Rhode Island is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  6. Vermont is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  7. New York is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  8. New Jersey is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  9. Pennsylvania is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  10. Delaware is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  11. Michigan is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  12. Indiana is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  13. Ohio is part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.
  14. All six New England states are part of the Northern Cluster that a CIS Researcher keeps track.

The CIS Researcher collaborates on and supports currently funded CIS communications research studies. The CIS Researcher supports current research projects in the field by regular monitoring of research being conducted in other offices in the Northern Cluster. The CIS Researcher must set up regular meetings with offices to conduct trainings and discuss new and/or ongoing research. The CIS Researcher works with investigators on research concepts and proposals. The CIS Researcher knows that concepts for collaborative research projects must involve the appropriate Senior Research Coordinator and Project Officers for research. Senior Research Coordinators may be co-investigators on collaborative CIS Research Studies.

The CIS Researcher works with investigators, Program Directors, Partnership staff, and Information Service staff to implement research studies and disseminate findings. The CIS Researcher plans and implements a regional “Science Day” to showcase Northeast Cluster research projects in the field. The CIS Researcher implements a model for regional research projects and gathers new information for ongoing research projects. The CIS Researcher must promote the CIS Research Program and agenda by presentations and publications in appropriate venues and journals. TheCIS Researcher documents efforts and updates Project Office on progress of studies to ensure compatibility with CIS Research Agenda. The CIS Researcher advises cluster research within Partnership Programs to initiate community involvement/collaboration in education efforts and participation in clinical trials.

CIS Researchers Objectives

  • The CIS Researcher works closely with the National Cancer Institute to implement the CIS National Research Agenda in coordination with their direction and timeline.
  • The CIS Researcher represents and promotes the CIS to the communications research community, fostering high quality research collaborations between CIS and extern researchers.
  • The CIS Researcher establishes new communications research partnerships and assists in maintaining existing ones to ensure that new and innovative collaborative research partners can be recruited in the community through the Partnership Program.
  • The CIS Researcher provides professional research support to the Project Office and Northern Cluster in proposal and protocol review, data analysis and publication.
  • The CIS Researcher functions as a team with three other Senior CIS Research Coordinators to provide research expertise and coordination across the Network.
  • The CIS Researcher must adhere to Government policies, procedures and guidelines related to research.
  • The CIS Researcher must have a thorough understanding of research design, quantitative and qualitative research methods and cancer prevention and control.
  • The CIS Researcher must demonstrate training in public health, health education or health communication skills.

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