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Research Postdoctoral Fellow

State of Virginia
Ampthill, VA
Closing date
Feb 22, 2024

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Organization Type
Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Massey Cancer Center has an exciting opportunity for a Post Doc Fellow - Research to join the team! Our employees and applicants come from diverse backgrounds. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do but because it makes VCU stronger.

"To improve the lives of all Virginians by delivering cutting-edge cancer care through patient-centered prevention and treatment; high-impact, innovative research; community input and engagement; and education and training of the next generation of researchers and healthcare professionals."

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center is a nationally ranked cancer center located in the heart of Downtown Richmond. All full-time staff is eligible for our generous benefits package that includes choices for health, vision, and dental coverage, life insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, retirement planning, tax-deferred annuity, and cash match programs, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, significant paid-time off,12 paid holidays, and more. Flexible work arrangements are available. Explore our benefits further at .

Position Summary:

Serving as the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Katherine Y. Tossas is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to enrich and support her work in cancer prevention and control. The successful candidate will develop, conduct, coordinate, and supervise the research and administrative activities of the research studies conducted by the PI. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and passionate about publishing methodological and applied research manuscripts. Additionally, they should be eager to collaborate on grant proposals aimed at advancing their career as an independent researcher in cancer prevention and control. The selected candidate will actively contribute to multiple research projects, overseeing project coordination, recruitment, and the comprehensive process of data collection, management, and analysis. Further, they will work both independently and collaboratively, adeptly resolving routine-to-complex issues independently and addressing more intricate matters in coordination with the PI. Current areas of focus encompass cancer prevention and control, health disparities in cancer care, implementation science, health service research, and community health.

Required Qualifications:

* Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in behavioral or social sciences (e.g., psychology), epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field.
* Demonstrated interest in developing research skills and goals for pursuing a research-intensive academic career and an interest in cancer health disparities research.
* Proven track record in conducting empirical research and contributing significantly to federally funded research projects.
* Strong understanding of and research background in cancer health disparities and health equity, specifically focused on underrepresented minority populations.
* Training and experience with research design and multiple quantitative AND qualitative research methods.
* Proficiency in both qualitative AND quantitative data analysis, encompassing statistical package utilization, along with demonstrated competence in managing databases.
* Proven evidence of exceptional community engagement and outreach skills, adept in nurturing meaningful relationships and fostering collaborations within diverse communities, while actively valuing, promoting, and contributing to community-engaged initiatives.
* Previous experience collaborating with and serving rural populations.
* Demonstrated exceptional academic writing skills (e.g., through publication record, prior experience in grant writing).
* Established track record demonstrating aptitude in autonomous work and fostering collaborative synergy within team environments.
* Proven capacity for profound critical thinking, effective time management, as well as exceptional oral and written communication abilities.
* Demonstrated ability to independently set priorities and coordinate with multiple team members.
* Proven dedication to promoting, fostering, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in previous roles, coupled with a commitment to continuing these efforts as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience in mentoring or supervising high school, undergraduate, and/or graduate students is desirable.
* Experience in program evaluation methodologies, including design, implementation, and analysis, with a focus on assessing program effectiveness and impact.
* Proven proficiency in working effectively in a fast-paced environment while exercising sound judgment in setting priorities.

Application Process:

* To apply, please include a diversity statement, cover letter and CV.
* Cover letter should summarize previous research experience, qualifications, career goals for postdoctoral training, as well as reasons for their interest in the position and this focus/area of research, and expectations/needs during fellows.

Application Deadline:

* This position will remain open until a qualified applicant is identified.

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