Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Research, Duke University, USA

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The Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center (DCCC) at Duke University Medical Center invites applications for post-doctoral fellowships for an NCI Cancer Education and Career Development (CECD) Program entitled Integrating Population and Basic Science in Cancer Research.

Program Rationale and Description
The CECD program is designed for talented basic/experimental researchers interested in multi-disciplinary research. The program aims to connect these researchers with essential knowledge and skills from cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, population genetics, and demography, placing an emphasis on how this knowledge can be integrated in the study of cancer etiology and outcomes leading to improved prevention and control measures through the synergism of bench and population sciences. The goal of this training program is to increase the pool of cancer researchers educated in the new scientific paradigms that require collaborations with researchers in disparate disciplines.

The fellowships are designed for three years and will include: l) didactic learning, 2) weekly seminars emphasizing connections between cancer biology, epidemiology, and demography; 3) research training and an applied project in population science of cancer involving the integrative approaches; 4) preparing scientific publications and a research grant application with interdisciplinary focus. The program will be based at the DCCC’s Research Program in Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Control, and will engage faculty, mentors, and Advisory Committee members from Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI), Center for Population Health and Aging and other Duke Departments.

Core Curriculum
This program includes a core curriculum which consists of two parts: 1) courses taught through the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) and 2) seminars and courses taught by CECD faculty, which are tailored to the program.

Research Opportunities
All candidates are required to be involved with a research project. They are also encouraged to develop their own project that utilizes the data and biological samples available from ongoing epidemiologic studies at Duke University.

Eligibility Criteria
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent and be engaged in cancer research. Candidates should have completed doctorate level training in basic or experimental cancer biology, pharmacology, genetics or related disciplines.

To Apply
The candidate should send a letter describing his/her research interests (three-page maximum) and a copy of his/her Curriculum Vitae by e-mail to Sydnee Crankshaw ( The candidate also should provide three names and contact information of individuals familiar with his/her research and academic potential. We will also be requesting three (3) letters of recommendation.

Award Information
The program will award two fellowships in 2011 for three years of support commensurate on experience according to NIH guidelines. The deadline for receiving all candidate materials is March 1, 2011, with final placement of the two candidates by April 15, 2011. Anticipated start date for candidates is August 15, 2011.

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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