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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences

Rockville, Maryland, USA

National Cancer Institute

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The Behavioral Research Program (BRP), within the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences seeks to recruit a post-doctoral Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow. BRP is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for this fellowship position in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB). For more information about BRP mission and structure, please see

This full-time position is based in Rockville, Maryland and provides outstanding opportunities for training and professional development in basic biobehavioral and psychological sciences research in the context of cancer prevention and control. CRTA fellows interact daily with researchers in public health, behavioral medicine, and cancer prevention, as well as with various extramural scientists at NCI and other Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health.

The CRTA Fellow will function as a member of the BBPSB and work directly with scientists on projects related to the mission of BBPSB and BRP. Examples of research activities and programmatic areas of emphasis include affective, cognitive, and sensory sciences, mechanisms of psychosocial and behavioral influences on cancer, and basic judgment and decision-making. Day-to-day activities might include:

-Providing program and scientific management of a biobehavioral research network

-Performing primary and secondary analyses of survey data with psychological or biobehavioral predictors and outcomes (e.g., health cognitions, psychosocial factors, demographics, anthropomorphic measures, biomarkers, biospecimens, physiological recordings from sensory and memory systems, and eye-monitoring feedback)

-Drafting and collaborating on scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations

-Assisting with meta-analysis projects

-Analyzing the research portfolio and aiding in strategic planning and the development of funding initiatives

-Attending and developing training workshops and research partnership forums

Additionally, the post-doctoral Fellow is highly encouraged to initiate and develop his or her own projects, and may have the opportunity to attend national conferences, such as annual meetings of the American Association for Cancer Research, American Psychosomatic Society, Association for Psychological Science, Society for Personality and Social

Psychology, American Psychological Association, and Society for Behavioral Medicine.


-Doctoral level training (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D. or equivalent) with a psychological, cognitive, affective, perceptual, and/ or sensory science, neuroscience, or related behavioral science background is required (Experience examining interactions among the areas as listed above and biological factors is desirable)

-Strong interest in biobehavioral and/ or psychological sciences

-Experience conducting research

-Experience with statistical software such as SPSS and SASStrong writing skills

-Excellent academic standing

-Excellent organizational, planning, and project management skills

-Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and on research teams

Application Requirements

To be considered for this position, the following materials must be received by the Application Deadline:

1. Cover letter (provide an explanation of your interest in the BBPSB post-doctoral fellowship and explain your professional development goals and research interests)

2. Resume or CV

3. Two letters of recommendation

4. A writing sample

5. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of birth certificate or passport)

6. Official transcripts and/ or proof of academic good standing (transcript of highest degree conferred; proof of academic good standing on official letterhead and signed by graduate program director, advisor, or equivalent)

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

Ms. Donna Hopkins


Behavioral Research Program

6130 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20892

Application Deadline

September 15, 2011 for priority consideration; however, this announcement will remain active until the position is successfully filled.

Start Date: Earliest possible start date is October 15, 2011.

Stipend and Benefits

This position is a one-year full-time Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship. There is a possibility for yearly renewals. The 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 and social activities. The office is located in commuter-friendly Rockville, Maryland, close to the bustling metropolis of Bethesda, and near downtown DC.

    When applying for this position, please mention you saw this ad in the APS Postdoc Exchange.

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