Cancer Prevention and Control Postdoctoral Training

The Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University School of Medicine are committed to advancing the Cancer Prevention and Control research program. This postdoctoral training program encourages postdoctoral fellows to explore collaborations across a range of disciplines relevant to cancer prevention sciences. Fellows attend weekly journal club and research in progress meetings, a monthly seminar series by national leaders in prevention and control and young investigator development workshops. Career development is supported in numerous ways, including regular meetings with a mentor, active mentorship in grant preparation and peer review of submitted manuscripts for journals in the field. Opportunities exist to take courses in the Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) program. The breadth of research within the Division of Public Health Sciences and across the university provides numerous opportunities to interact with secondary mentors and obtain training across multiple disciplines. 

The Division of Public Health Sciences is home to many large and multi-site research endeavors – including the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities and the Transdisciplinary Research on Cancer and Energetics Center  – that provide opportunities for thorough research experience, including data analysis and manuscript writing. Fellows also have ample opportunity to develop ancillary projects or unique research projects.

Trainees also participate in professional development programs sponsored by the Washington University Office of Post Graduate Affairs and are encouraged to apply for membership as a WU Institute for Public Health Scholar. All trainees are expected to attend at least one scientific meeting per year (e.g., APSO includes a specific focus on junior cancer prevention and control trainees) and work with their mentor to prepare a grant submission within two years of entering the program. Additional professional development opportunities exist as appropriate to the trainee’s career development goals.

Applicants should have training in a public health discipline and interest in developing new studies that bridge from biomarker-based epidemiologic investigations or behavioral interventions to broader clinical and population level applications. Investigators committed to further understanding of cancer disparities and identifying and implementing strategies to eliminate disparities will be given highest priority. Candidates must have a strong record or outstanding promise of scholarly achievement. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Washington University offers excellent benefits. The position offers the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians, pathologists, geneticists, imaging scientists, epidemiologists, social and behavioral scientists, and other faculty members.

The Prevention and Control program is one of eight research programs of the rapidly growing Siteman Cancer Center. This program brings together more than 30 investigators who are studying the relationships among biological, genetic, psychological and epidemiological factors. Studies range from genetic investigations to clinical outcomes and community-based research. This environment is rich in exciting opportunities to develop multidisciplinary collaborations. 
For more information, email Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH, at

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