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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Behavioral and Tobacco Research

Job ID 28807556976 Location Atlanta, Georgia Position Type Full-time

At the American Cancer Society, we're leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. We actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds including communities of color, the LGBTQ community, veterans, and people with disabilities. The greater the diversity of our people, the better we can serve our communities.

The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our lifesaving mission. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.

 

Position Description

JOB SUMMARY

The Fellow will design a tobacco and cannabis use (incl. e-cigarettes) research program focusing on the biological, psychological, social, and other factors predicting consumption or cessation, and/or relationships between tobacco/cannabis consumption with psychological and medical outcomes, cancer incidence, and mortality. Fellows will have access to survey data from the longitudinal Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS) cohorts. Blood biospecimens are available for analyses of genetic, metabolomic, and other biomarkers of cancer risk or protection. The CPS cohorts include assessments of stress, social isolation, social support, and quality of life, in addition to demographics, medical, behavioral, lifestyle and other constructs linked to cancer incidence, morbidity or mortality (e.g., cancer screening and health care utilization, medical conditions, medication use, anthropometric measurements, physical activity/sedentary time/built environment, dietary habits, hormonal/reproductive factors, sleep/light at night/shift work, etc.). Each post-doctoral fellow will train under behavioral and epidemiological scientists in the Society’s intramural research department to lead analyses, conduct, publish and present peer-reviewed original research.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Analyze data from Cancer Prevention Study cohorts and biospecimen repository to test specific questions or hypotheses related to tobacco and/or cannabis use and cessation of use.
  2. Publish original scientific research in peer-review journals and present at professional or internal ACS meetings.

 

Position Requirements

REQUIREMENTS

Formal Knowledge

  1. PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Statistics, or related fields (e.g.,  Public Health, Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology).
  2. Excellent working knowledge of SAS and R. Proficiency with Mplus or other statistical software programs is desirable.
  3. Excellent knowledge of epidemiologic research methods and experience in epidemiologic data analysis and interpretation.
  4. Knowledge and experience in conducting tobacco and/or cannabis-related analyses for publication.
  5. Interest in social ecological and/or biopsychosocial models of disease will be viewed favorably.

 

Other Skills

  1. Ability to manage multiple tasks and excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  2. Excellent analytic, conceptual, and quantitative/qualitative methodology skills and strong attention to detail.

The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).

ACS provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: jobs.cancer.org/benefits. We are a proud equal opportunity employer.

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