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There is a 2-year postdoctoral position available in Cancer Prevention Training: Epidemiology, Nutrition, Genetics & Survivorship. This is offered through a T32 Training Grant mechanism, concurrently based in the Cancer Prevention Department at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Epidemiology Department at the University of Washington.
This postdoctoral position is under the direction of Dr. Polly Newcomb within the Division of Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutch. Dr. Newcomb is a leading epidemiologist in the fields of cancer genetics, etiology, screening, and survival. Her research program investigates the causes, treatments, and outcomes of common cancers, particularly breast and colon neoplasia, using large, population-based studies, clinical trials, and collaboration with local medical centers. Most recently, she has focused on germline and genetics of colorectal neoplasms in sporadic and familial disease in relation to risk and clinical outcomes. Dr. Newcomb won the McDougall Mentoring Award in 2014 and offers an excellent opportunity for professional growth. She is also the recipient of a K05 Senior Scientist Research Award, allowing mentorship time and financial travel and research resources for early-stage investigators. The postdoctoral fellow will also be able to select a secondary mentor from other complementary disciplines to develop skills in additional areas and work with cohort of other active trainees in cancer prevention.
This position will have access to epidemiologic, genetic (including germline GWAS), molecular, and methylation data, large cancer cohort and clinical trial resources, biospecimens, and several other consortium data, available for cutting-edge hypothesis testing and team collaborations. There are opportunities to work on existing projects and to develop new projects addressing relevant research topics. Responsibilities include completion of T32 training grant requirements, assisting with genetic and epidemiologic studies, developing collaborations with other researchers, applying new statistical methods under the guidance of senior biostatisticians and epidemiologists, preparing manuscripts, and developing grant proposals.
The Fred Hutch provides a highly interactive and supportive environment for junior investigators to grow and develop their future career; it consistently ranks in the top 20 best places to work for postdocs, as surveyed by The Scientist.
Applicants should possess a doctoral degree (e.g. MD and/or PhD) or a strong background in epidemiology and biology, and have an interest in investigating the novel areas of cancer genetics and survival. They should have excellent statistical analysis and writing skills. Salary and benefits are based on standard NIH stipend rates, but additional supplementary compensation is available for competitive and experienced applicants. Please include a cover letter detailing your research interest and suitability for this position with your application. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.