Post-doctoral Fellowship in Energy Balance and Cancer SurvivorshipPosting Date: 02/26/2021
Closing Date: 01/01/2022
Our team at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research (DOR) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow (100% FTE for at least 2 years) interested in investigating the influence of energy balance (including body composition and dietary patterns) on cancer survivorship as well as the mechanisms of those relationships. The postdoctoral fellow will work with investigators on a variety of NIH- and foundation-funded projects including investigating: (a) plant-based dietary patterns and breast cancer outcomes; (b) body composition and immune/metabolic gene expression in breast tumors; (c) muscle mass and chemotherapy toxicity in colon cancer; and (d) muscle loss and outcomes of oncologic surgeries. Responsibilities include independent epidemiologic and biostatistical analysis, manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, abstracts at scientific meetings, and study conduct (e.g., databases and data validation). The successful candidate will have methodological training in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, programming skills, content knowledge in nutrition and/or cancer survivorship, strong writing, a published scientific manuscript, and interest in grant writing.
Please submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample (published paper preferred), and references c/o Adrienne Castillo ([email protected], Sr. Research Project Manager) and Elizabeth Cespedes Feliciano, ScD, SM ([email protected], Research Scientist and Principal Investigator) by formally applying online at: www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/Req ID 935960 – Research Post Doctoral Fellow. Principals only. We will accept materials until the position is filled.
─Supports well-defined research with some supervision from the Research Scientist.
─Prepares publications independently and drafts grant proposals for review by the Research Scientist.
─Provides input on study design, develops analytic plans and interprets study results for the Research Scientist.
─May work with other Research Scientists internal to DOR and scientists external to DOR.
─May provide consultation and direction to programmer analysts with regard to data management and analysis.
─Prepares and presents abstracts and papers at national scientific meetings and for peer-reviewed publications.
─Seeks consultation from senior scientists for specific scientific and administrative issues.
─PhD or equivalent in, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Exercise Science or Public Health or related field.
─Proven proficiency in cancer research methodology/research study design, hypothesis testing and quantitative data interpretation and application.
─Proven proficiency in computer applications in a PC environment, including statistical software (e.g., SAS/R.)
─Master’s level coursework in biostatistics including survival analysis.
─Knowledge of medical terminology.
─Background/experience in methods to assess body composition and/or cancer epidemiology with an emphasis on energy balance or nutrition. Background in physical activity epidemiology within cancer will be considered.
─Preference will be given to applicants with strong analytic and writing skills, including a demonstrated ability to publish papers and write successful grant proposals.
Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health care delivery system with a diverse membership in eight regions across the United States that offers an extremely competitive fellowship salary. In the Northern California region, Kaiser Permanente includes a health plan with over 4 million members, 21 hospitals and 100 ambulatory medical offices, and a multi-specialty physician group with more than 8,000 physicians. The Division of Research, which is part of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, has more than 500 people on staff, including over 50 faculty-level investigators with 350 ongoing, funded projects on a wide range of health research topics. In 2015, the Division’s research portfolio included over $88 million in grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, private foundations, industry, and Kaiser Permanente. Our investigators have made contributions in many research areas, including disease prevention, patient engagement, chronic illness management, clinical trials, the role of genes and the environment in health, health informatics, and delivery science. Founded in 1961, the Division’s research program has been built on a base of externally-funded, rigorous epidemiologic and health services investigation. The postdoc may also take advantage of other ongoing training programs within Kaiser Permanente such as the Early Stage Investigators and Delivery Science programs, to facilitate career development.