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University of Utah Cancer Communication Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/19/2023

Requisition Number PRN35763B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Cancer Communication Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00085 - Communication

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $56,880 - $65,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This transdisciplinary training opportunity is to participate in a variety of projects focused on the translation of cancer and genetic information in clinical and public health settings. We are looking for a fellow with experience and interest in the intersection of cancer and health communication, health behavior change, epidemiology, or health equity. The fellow will participate in projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and will be encouraged to develop independent projects in this area. Data are available from projects such as a current randomized clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute to compare delivery of cancer genetic services via a conversational agent to standard of care. Extensive genetic counseling resources and cohorts of patients are available at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

The post-doctoral fellow will be mentored by Dr. Kimberly Kaphingst, Professor of Communication and Director of Cancer Communication Research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah. Many collaborative opportunities are available within the University of Utah (e.g., Utah Genome Project, Utah Population Database, Cancer Control and Population Sciences program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Department of Population Health Sciences, Consortium for Families and Health Research).


  • Design cancer and genetic communication research studies and lead research team.
  • Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analyses of existing data and interpret study results.
  • Prepare and submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Disseminate study findings via presentations at national meetings.
  • Design and oversee recruitment strategies for studies.
  • Assist with grant development and writing.
  • Mentor research assistants and other study staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in communication, public health, epidemiology, health psychology, or related fields is required. The position requires excellent analytical, writing and communication skills. History of peer-reviewed publications is preferred. Applicant should have proficiency with quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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