Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rural Cancer Prevention and Control Research University of Utah & Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rural Cancer Prevention and Control Research University of Utah & Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT

Posting Date: 10/26/2018

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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rural Cancer Prevention and Control Research

University of Utah & Huntsman Cancer Institute with Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH & Mia Hashibe, PhD

Job Summary

The Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah, are seeking a post-doctoral fellow for 10-12 months to participate in a variety of projects concerning cancer prevention/control, treatment, and survivorship care in rural settings in the Mountain West with a focus on HPV vaccination and the prevention and control of gynecological and other HPV-related cancers. The candidate will be encouraged to develop independent projects along this line of research. This post-doctoral work will be supervised by Dr. Deanna Kepka, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI) and Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, with oversight by Dr. Mia Hashibe also in Cancer Control and Population Sciences at HCI. Various collaborative opportunities are available within the University of Utah (e.g., College of Nursing, Population Sciences, Family and Preventive Medicine, and Huntsman Cancer Institute) and with key partners in the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition (Directed by Dr. Kepka at HCI). The position duration is 12 months with the possibility of an extension.


  1. Design clinical and epidemiologic research studies and lead research team.

    2. Build and sustain partnerships with primary care providers and other healthcare teams in rural settings in the Mountain West.

    3. Develop study strategies, and propose objectives, statistical hypothesis, methods and study designs.

    4. Collaborate with data analysts to identify clinic-level partners and collect data.

    5. Identify study participants and validate eligibility according to study protocols.

    6. Apply statistical methods (e.g., multiple regression, panel data, longitudinal regression, treatment evaluation) to data and interpret study results.

    7. Utilize qualitative methods and approach to conduct focus groups and interviews with key community-level stakeholders and to analyze results.

    8. Write publishable quality papers and study reports.

    9. Assist with grant development and writing.

    10. Disseminate study results via presentations at national and local conferences/meetings.

    11. Mentor research assistants and other staff.

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in public health, health services research, behavioral science, psychology, epidemiology, or related fields is required. The position requires excellent analytical, writing and communication skills. History of peer-reviewed publications and experience analyzing large datasets are preferred. Applicant must be proficient in Stata, R, SAS or equivalent statistical package and in qualitative research methods using software such as Atlas.ti or NVIVO.

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Interested candidates should send a cover letter (describing training and research experience), full CV, and a list of at least three references (with contact information). For further details, please contact Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH at Candidate review will start immediately. Please apply by Oct. 31, 2018

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