Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychosocial & Behavioral Oncology Research

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychosocial & Behavioral Oncology Research - focus on family studies and translational genomics

Posting Date: 06/18/2020


Job Information/Description:

The interdisciplinary Department of Oncology at Georgetown University School of Medicine is seeking candidates with promising quantitative and written skills for multiple anticipated openings for Postdoctoral Fellows in psychosocial and behavioral oncology research beginning Fall of 2020. Fellowships are housed in the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and its Cancer Prevention and Control research program.

The NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center at Georgetown seeks to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, high quality education, and partnership with the community—guided by the principle of cura personalis, “care for the whole person.” Multiple shared research resources provide services to cancer center investigators in a variety of areas germane to the conduct of cancer population science, including a participant recruitment core, survey development services, and data management and biostatistical support.

Available mentors are Suzanne O’Neill, PhD, Marc Schwartz, PhD, and Kenneth Tercyak, PhD. Fellows will receive research training and grant/manuscript preparation skills and related experiences to support acceleration toward independence. Research within the Cancer Prevention and Control program focuses on cancer epidemiology, risk behaviors, and exposures, behavior in cancer prevention, clinical-behavioral intervention in intergenerational cancer cohorts (childhood to adulthood), cancer decision making, and cancer healthcare delivery. Ongoing and federally-funded projects address family communication about inherited cancer risks, alternative models for delivering cancer genetic services, screening interventions, young adult breast cancer prevention, comprehensive tobacco control, skin cancer prevention, and implementation evaluation of cancer control services for cancer survivors, cancer caregivers, and medical providers.

The Cancer Prevention and Control research program offers training in cancer epidemiology, prevention, treatment outcomes, and survivorship from >25 core faculty representing psychological, social/behavioral, health services, and other clinical and public health sciences disciplines. Cancer center-wide initiatives led by the program’s faculty include those devoted to cancer across the lifespan, survivorship, minority health and health disparities, translational genomics, and data science and policy modeling. These provide ample intramural training opportunities for program Fellows, along with Center for Clinical and Translational Science program seminars and offerings, and through the medical center’s Office of Postdoctoral Development that promotes additional fellowship engagement and career advising. Fellows participate in dedicated seminars and journal clubs, grand rounds, and didactic sessions to hone proposal development, outcomes data collection and analysis, advanced trial design, and presentation skills essential for successful transition to independence.


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Candidates must hold a doctoral-level research degree in psychology, public health, or other social/behavioral health sciences discipline (PhD, DrPH, ScD, MD/MPH, DNSc), or be enrolled in an accredited doctoral degree program and fulfill requirements prior to fellowship entry: applicants must also be US citizens or permanent residents and eligible to work in the US. Applicants from minority backgrounds are encouraged. These are full-time appointments, initially for 1-year and renewable. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and include a career development stipend. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and graduate experience and a curriculum vitae to Dr. Kenneth Tercyak ([email protected]) and include “CPC Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line of your message.


Application Link: lombardi.georgetown.edu/research/programs/cancer-prevention-control