Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Posting Date: 05/06/2021


Closing Date: 09/30/2021


Job Information/Description:

We are seeking talented, disciplined, and motivated postdoctoral fellows with training and experience in one or more of the following: behavioral science, social science, psychology, and/or health services research, and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.
The position is at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Health Disparities Research Department (HDR) of the Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences in Houston, TX. HDR supports a portfolio of investigator-initiated grants, and develops funding opportunities and research resources to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, disparities in cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality and cancer-related behavior through research and education addressing the determinants of disparities as well as interventions and policies designed to eliminate disparities.
The postdoctoral candidate will focus on assisting our team to build upon an existing research partnership with Hispanic and African American churches in Houston. He/She will actively participate in ongoing NIH and ACS-funded studies that seek to use community-based approaches to test the feasibility and acceptability of two obesity interventions for Hispanic and African American families—one focused on the parent (i.e., Parent Intervention) and the other focused on the entire family (i.e., Family Intervention).
Essential job functions will also include:
• Planning, organizing, coordinating and participating in scientific research projects.
• Work closely with Research Manager to manage personnel tasks.
• Work closely with Department Chair to determine specific goals or objectives to be obtained for each research project and evaluate research data, develop, and revise techniques or approaches to work problems.
• Develop and/or recommend program intervention, prevention, and/or control strategies.
• Provide expertise and services on behavioral research-related issues, data management, analysis, and interpretation.
• Provide experience-based recommendations and research direction as requested on other studies conducted by, or on the behalf of, the Department Chair.
• Conduct research activities (extensive literature reviews) and edit reports, presentations, and other documents.
• Present findings of research projects to professional groups and prepare scientific documents for publication.
Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in psychology, public health or other related behavioral/social sciences discipline; or is currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program and will have fulfilled all degree requirements prior to beginning the postdoctoral fellowship
• Knowledge and experience with cancer research
• Be able to function in a separate and independent manner in the design and initiation of research experiments
• Strong data analysis skills
• Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
• Advanced training in research methodology and strong publication record
• Strong work ethic and commitment to becoming an independent scientist



Additional Information:

Preferred Qualifications:
• A defined research focus including (but not limited to) obesity and physical activity;
• Established record of scholarly research, including extramural funding

Application Procedure: Email all the below to Dr. Lorna McNeill’s Research Manager Alba Calzada
• Letter describing areas of research interest
• Curriculum vitae with bibliography
• Copies of 1-2 recent publications
• 3 letters of recommendation



Contact Information:

Research Manager Alba Calzada – [email protected]