Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics

Hours per week: 15-20
Organization: Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics (GCCS)
Operating Unit: Rollins School of Public Health

Department: Epidemiology

Pay Rate: $15 per hour


The Georgia Cancer Registry (GCR) collects information on each new diagnosis of cancer within the state and contributes these data to two national population-based surveillance systems. The registry allows cancer prevention and control leaders in Georgia to follow cancer trends, identify cancer patterns within the state, prioritize resource utilization, and monitor state progress over time. The GCR is also a valuable resource for countless researchers and students across the nation. The registry serves as a sampling frame for recruiting patients to research studies, a linkage source for building enhanced research datasets, a resource for increasing clinical trial participation, and a rich dataset for research mining.

Position Description

The GCR currently supports numerous funded research studies. A part time graduate research assistant is needed to assist with the day-to-day activities associated with patient recruitment activities affiliated with several of these studies. Responsibilities of the position may include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing study recruitment packets to mail to eligible subjects
  • Reviewing surveys as they are returned for completeness
  • Assisting with follow-up calls to answer questions and encourage study participation
  • Scanning completed surveys and linking them to a research database
  • Tracing study subjects for mailing addresses and phone numbers
  • Conducting various data entry tasks
  • Generating basic descriptive statistics associated with recruitment progress

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how surveillance systems are used to support countless research studies and to learn more generally about population-based cancer registries in the United States. This work is not eligible to be applied toward an APE.


Attention to detail and ability to work both independently and in a group are required. The ideal candidate will have an interest in surveillance-based research. Experience with Microsoft Access is desired but not required.

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to Dr. Kevin Ward, kward [at] emory [dot] edu

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