Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Post Doctoral Fellow, for the Division of Population Science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick.

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Appointee position is to coordinate the conduct of population studies research, including studies of health-related behaviors, beliefs, and policies focused on mitigating cancer risk, under the direct supervision of Principal Investigator Dr. Carolyn Heckman. The postdoc assists in ongoing research, with a particular focus on skin cancer prevention and tobacco control, online interventions, dissemination and implementation science, data management and analysis, and writing and preparation of manuscripts and grant applications. Considerable opportunities for mentored professional development including analytic skills for quantitative and qualitative data, writing lead-author papers, and designing, applying for, and conducting grant-funded research. Pay is based on NIH postdoctoral salary guidelines.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Doctoral degree in public health, psychology (e.g., health, social, clinical, or counseling), or a related field. Prior experience in cancer prevention and control or psycho-oncology research is preferred. Strong record of publications and excellent writing and statistical skills. Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

CANCER INSTITUE OF NEW JERSEY VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT: Our vision is to be a world leader in the pursuit of scientific discoveries that advance knowledge in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Rutgers Cancer Institute of  New Jersey can best achieve this vision by striving to become a “top 10” cancer center in the next 10 years, indicative of increased breadth and depth of outstanding cancer research. Through this achievement, the citizens of New Jersey will realize tremendous benefits including the availability of pioneering cancer care to treat and prevent cancer, extraordinary opportunities in the health sciences and enhanced economic development through novel academic/private sector collaboration.

The mission of the Cancer Institute is to conduct innovative basic, clinical and population research that:

  • Expands our understanding of the etiology and biology of cancer
  • Facilitates the rapid translation of laboratory-based discoveries into human studies
  • Develops new approaches and interventions for cancer prevention that decrease cancer incidence and mortality.
  • Develops new and better therapies to decrease suffering and mortality from cancer

Fulfillment of this mission will be achieved in an environment that values diversity and fairness and one that is dedicated to the development of the next generation of physicians and scientists and to delivering comprehensive and compassionate patient care.

TO APPLY: Please email cover letter, CV, names of three professional references, and a writing sample to Mary Riley, MPH, Questions may be addressed to Carolyn Heckman, PhD, Associate Professor, Position open until filled.