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Post-doctoral Fellow, Cancer Disparity Research

Job ID 3663771328 Location Atlanta, Georgia Position Type Full-Time


Position Description

Save lives. Fulfill yours. 

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. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We achieve our mission by drawing on our core values of integrity, compassion, courage, determination, and diversity.

It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.


The recruited post-doctoral fellow (hereafter, Fellow) will participate in a multidisciplinary postdoctoral training in cancer disparities research. Specifically, the Fellow will use complex statistical models to estimate the contribution of social determinants of health to disparities in exposure to cancer risk factors, preventive care, screening, incidence, treatment, survivorship, and survival to inform public policies. The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with experts from multiple stakeholder groups, as part of the training opportunity. The Fellow will spend 3 years in the program. 


  • Estimate the contribution of social determinants of health to disparities in exposure to cancer risk factors, uptake of preventive services and care, and cancer occurrence.
  • Publish research findings in high impact journals.
  • Publicize research findings by speaking at scientific meetings and to the media.
  • Participate in meetings and other relevant activities at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Data Science Program.
  • Participate as the ACS’s faculty in grantee ECHO calls of grantees funded through the ‘Addressing Racial Disparities in Cancer Care Competitive Grant Program’ and contribute to a final project manuscript and/or journal supplement.
  • Participate in project assessment opportunities at the ACS’s Cancer Control Interventions Program.


Position Requirements



  • Doctoral level degree in epidemiology or biostatistics.
  • Having strong quantitative/methodological skills.
  • Experience in cancer research and/or health disparity research.
  • Experience working with at least one statistical analysis software system, preferably SAS or Stata.
  • Experience with large databases and national surveys (such as NHANES) is preferred.


Demonstrates Intramural Research Competencies:

  • Action oriented
  • Communicates effectively
  • Drives results
  • Manages complexity
  • Builds networks
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Optimizes work processes
  • Manages ambiguity

 Other Skills:

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytic, conceptual, and quantitative/qualitative methodology skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Substantial record publications in peer-reviewed journals is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

See our commitment to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity to continually ensure equal opportunity to our employees and to our applicants.

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