Dec 07, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Behaviors in Cancer Prevention and Control

  • NCI Behavioral Research Program
  • Rockville, MD, USA
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Job Description

The National Cancer Institute’s Behavioral Research Program (BRP) invites applications for a postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship.

The CRTA fellow will function as a member of BRP and will work directly with scientists in research teams to plan, develop, and implement scientific projects. These projects may include secondary data analysis, primary data collection, and theory development, and may focus on cancer-related behaviors in areas of his or her expertise and interest. The fellow will also function as a member of a team leading the development of a longitudinal survey that seeks to evaluate multilevel correlates of cancer risk and preventive behaviors (diet, physical activity, sun safety, smoking, and alcohol use) among romantic, co-habitating dyads.

Day-to-day activities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting literature reviews and synthesizing scientific content; 
  • Collaborating on web-based and other experiments;
  • Performing data analyses for scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations;
  • Authoring manuscripts based on completed data analyses;
  • Helping to develop and coordinate survey instruments and facilitating the cognitive testing and validation process;
  • Analyzing the research grants portfolio; and
  • Leading or assisting with workshops, meetings, and webinars.

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in psychology, behavioral science, public health, methodology, or a related field, along with excellent academic and professional standing, is required. The ideal candidate will have interest in examining dyadic processes in the context of cancer risk and preventive behaviors, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and on teams.

Application Requirements

  1. Cover letter describing your research interests, your career goals, and why you would be a successful fellow
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Two signed letters of reference on official letterhead
  4. Proof of U.S. citizenship (photocopy of birth certificate or passport)
  5. Doctoral degree, official transcripts, and/or proof of good academic standing on official letterhead and signed by graduate program director, advisor, or equivalent

Application materials should be submitted via email to Donna Hopkins at and to BRP at Paper copies and official transcripts and/or proof of good academic standing must be mailed to:

Donna Hopkins, ATTN: BRP CRTA

Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch, Behavioral Research Program

Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 3E202

Rockville, MD 20850-9761

This announcement will remain active until the position is successfully filled.

Stipend and Benefits

This is a one-year, full-time CRTA fellowship with a possibility for renewal. Stipends for CRTA fellows are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. More information is available online at Benefits include health insurance at no cost and a wide range of career development activities.

More information

Candidates are encouraged to contact current and past fellows, mentors, and other staff members. See for more information.

For questions specific to this posting, contact Dr. Rebecca Ferrer at or Dr. Tanya Agurs-Collins at

For more NCI Behavioral Research Program fellowship opportunities, see


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