Postdoctoral Fellowship with Multiethnic Cohort Study at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, HIPosting Date: 07/27/2018
Postdoctoral Fellowship position with the Multiethnic Cohort Study
at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, Hawaii
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW (Junior Researcher)
We are seeking an outstanding post-doctoral research fellow to join our research group in the Cancer
Epidemiology Program at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated
Cancer Center. The research fellows will become an integral member of our group and will have the
opportunity to lead analysis integrating epidemiological, biomarker, omic, gut microbiome, and imaging data
based on the Multiethnic Cohort Study and contribute to the development of new projects. Our group is
dedicated to understanding the reasons for ethnic/racial differences in cancer causation, with a focus on
nutrition and integrative molecular epidemiology and with the ultimate goal of eliminating cancer disparities in
Training: The fellows will work closely with the Epidemiology Program faculty, fellows and students, as well as
with an interdisciplinary network of national and international collaborators. The Multiethnic Cohort study is a
twenty-five year old prospective study of 215,000 residents of Hawaii and California from five ethnic/racial
populations (Japanese Americans, Latinos, whites, African Americans and Native Hawaiians) being conducted
in collaboration with the University of Southern California. Follow-up questionnaires have been administered
every five years and the cohort has been linked to various health registries and insurance files making a variety
of endpoints available for study. Pre-diagnostic blood and urine samples were collected on 75,000
participants. A major project is a P01 on obesity and cancer that brings together various fields of research,
including lifestyle modification, biochemical and hormonal markers, genomics, gut microbiome, metabolomics,
and integrative omics.
Eligibility: The ideal candidate will hold a recent doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, MD/MPH) in epidemiology,
biostatistics or related disciplines, with demonstrated interests in molecular epidemiology and quantitative
methods. Fellows will be awarded a competitive salary with full benefits.
Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for leading statistical data analyses of epidemiologic (including
diet/lifestyle), biomarker, genomic, epigenomic, metabolomic, gut microbiome and/or imaging data acquired
from ongoing epidemiological investigations in Multiethnic Cohort participants. Performs statistical analyses of
research data from both cohort and case-control studies. Writes manuscripts for publication based on the
results, and presents findings in professional forums. Works closely with study investigators as well as
program staff, computer programmers and biostatisticians to meet study goals.
Possession of a PhD, DrPH, or MD/MPH from an accredited college or university in epidemiology,
biostatistics, or related disciplines.
One to three (1-3) years of experience in the statistical analysis of complex datasets, the writing of
manuscripts for publication in high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journals, and presentations at
national or international scientific conferences.
Knowledge of epidemiologic study designs, and statistical analysis techniques for population
Knowledge of human biology and pathophysiology is required.
Ability to think critically and creatively as part of a fast-paced research team.
Possession of proven manuscript writing skills.
Proficiency in typing, SAS or equivalent statistical software, word processing using Microsoft Word,
and spreadsheet manipulation using Microsoft Excel.
Possession of strong communication skills.
Be able to work independently with some guidance from the mentor.
Experience in conducting genetic and omic epidemiologic studies.
Experience with research study data collection.
Experience in analyzing dietary and/or nutritional data for epidemiologic studies.
Knowledge of cancer pathology and terminology.
Experience in writing grant applications
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Leads the statistical analyses of epidemiologic (including diet or other lifestyle factors), biomarker,
genomic, epigenomic, metabolomic, gut microbiome and/or imaging data acquired from ongoing
epidemiological investigations in Multiethnic Cohort participants.
Performs statistical analyses of research data from cohort and case-control studies.
Drafts manuscripts suitable for submission and publication in high-impact journals in the field based on
Reviews draft manuscripts with the Principal Investigator and other study investigators for revisions.
Presents findings at suitable national conferences and meetings, as well as internal seminars at UHCC.
Participates in journal clubs and seminars.
Attends research study and staff meetings.
Regularly meets with the Principal Investigator and other investigators to assist in developing materials
and to report on progress and problems or difficulties with the statistical analysis.
Performs other duties as assigned.
To Apply: Submit by hard copy or by email: 1) resume, 2) cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum
requirements and desirable qualifications, 3) three professional work references with contact information, and
4) educational transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org or the following mailing address:
University of Hawaii Cancer Center
ATTN: Eugene Okiyama
Population Sciences in the Pacific Program
701 Ilalo Street, Room 511
Honolulu, HI 96813
Inquiries: Loïc Le Marchand, MD, PhD; email: email@example.com