Fellowship Opportunities

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Health Disparities

The Ohio State University (OSU) Comprehensive Cancer Center invites applications from individuals interested in obtaining postdoctoral research experience in the area of health disparities research to begin summer 2013. OSU, located in Columbus, is one of ten Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) established by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The ten Centers form a network of research teams to explore the complexity of health disparities. The OSU CPHHD is using a community-based research approach, focusing on cancer disparities in Ohio Appalachia.

Successful candidates will partake in two years of full time formalized training in health disparities research that includes: 1) specialized curriculum of instruction, 2) mentored research experiences, and 3) development of a NIH grant proposal.

The postdoctoral trainee will gain research experience by working on the Community, Awareness, Resources, and Education (CARE II) projects. CARE II includes projects focusing on biologic through policy-level factors and examines the genetic contributions to invasive cervical cancer, the influence of social networks on smoking behaviors, the biological effects of stress on immunity to HPV, and the effects of a multi-level intervention on uptake of the HPV vaccine. The Program seeks individuals with a PhD, DrPH, MD, or DO in a health-related discipline. A generous stipend, tuition, health insurance, research support, and travel to a scientific meeting are provided.
The specialized curriculum of training will include three main components: (1) core didactic courses, (2) elective courses, and (3) special program initiatives. All three components are focused around the theme of the Center, reducing cancer health disparities. To facilitate transdisciplinary training, trainees will be matched with at least two mentors from different but complementary disciplines. The core didactic courses provide training in cancer epidemiology, community based participatory research, behavioral science and cancer prevention and control, biostatistics, research ethics, scientific grant writing, and health disparities. In addition, postdoctoral trainees will have the option of focusing their coursework and experiences toward a Master of Public Health degree in the OSU College of Public Health.

Program Eligibility

Prior relevant research and a strong commitment to a continuing career in cancer-related research are desirable. Applicants will be considered for admission based on the quality of academic doctoral preparation and the rigor of the dissertation research. The OSU CPHHD values diversity and especially encourages applications from individuals from Appalachia, women, and underrepresented minority scholars. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Applications for summer 2013 are being accepted now through Friday, March 8, 2013.

Applications should include the following:
  • All graduate transcripts
  • A statement of research interests and goals to be accomplished through the training period
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (including one from dissertation advisor or equivalent)

Applications should be sent to:

Electra D. Paskett, Ph.D.
Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research and Director
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine
Associate Director for Population Sciences
Comprehensive Cancer Center
1590 North High Street, Suite 525
Columbus, OH 43201

Learn more about our Center by visiting our website at http://go.osu.edu/CARE .

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 300 W. 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu