Areas of Research

Currently, the UACC Cancer Prevention and Control Program maintains a specific interest developing trainees in two primary areas of research: Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology and Biobehavioral and Social Sciences. However, promising applicants representing any discipline related to cancer prevention and control or desire for training in cancer prevention and control are encouraged to apply.

The positions are funded through the R25T Cancer Prevention and Control Translational Research Grant supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The goal of the R25 Training Grant is to train successful researchers in the field of cancer prevention and control.

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program is seeking applications for postdoctoral research training in the area of genetic and molecular epidemiology.

Working closely with senior investigators, the fellow will participate in ongoing NIH/NCI-funded projects to develop his/her own clinical/translational research. Current research interests of faculty involved in this program include genetic pathway analyses, gene-lifestyle factor interactions, and dietary intake related to the development of colorectal adenomas - the precursors to colorectal cancer.

The successful candidate will be grounded in a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention and control through formal coursework, seminar series, conferences, and interactions with scientific mentors. Among the attractions of this position are the potential to work with top level scientists in genetic/molecular epidemiology and to interact with a wide array of scientists from various disciplines, including basic and population sciences from a number of departments and colleges in the University of Arizona.

Candidates must be willing to work independently as well as in a team setting. The training program includes clear primary and secondary scientific and academic goals, constructive scientific criticism from top-level mentors, and support for presentation and publication of results. Experience in preparation of manuscripts and grants is desirable.

Biobehavioral and Social Sciences

A postdoctoral position is available in the Biobehavioral and Social Sciences Research Developmental Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).

Working closely with senior investigators, the fellow will participate in ongoing research and develop his/her own behavioral or social science research projects. Research projects are flexible and can be tailored to suit individual interests. However, they must contribute to the overall focus of the Biobehavioral and Social Sciences Research Developmental Program.

The UACC is particularly interested in developing the careers of those interested in biobehavioral and social sciences research, such as tobacco control, diet and/or physical activity, sun safety, health disparities, cancer screening, risk assessment, cancer communications, behavioral genetics, network and systems analysis, psychosocial oncology, quality of life, cancer survivorship, and health care services. Research opportunities in clinical and community environments are available. A goal of the AZCC is to expand the number of faculty members engaged in biobehavioral research, and to foster translational and transdisciplinary research with a broad array of partners throughout Arizona.

Members of the Biobehavioral and Social Sciences Program have their academic appointments in a wide variety of departments and colleges, including psychology, communications, nursing, management, family and community medicine, pharmacy, and public health. This breadth creates additional opportunities for R25T fellows to interact with scientists in a wide variety of disciplines. Our location in southern Arizona with research linkages throughout the southwest create the potential to work with diverse populations, including people of Latino and Native American backgrounds. Potential fellows with doctoral-level expertise and interest in biobehavioral research are strongly encouraged to apply.