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University of Utah Post-doctoral in Behavioral Pediatric Preventive Oncology in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 11/02/2023

Requisition Number PRN36809B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post-doctoral in Behavioral Pediatric Preventive Oncology

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 President

Department 01552 - HCI Yelena Wu Research Program

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 52,704 to 64,008

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences research program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) at the University of Utah with Dr. Yelena Wu. The post-doctoral fellow will work on behavioral intervention research studies, including NIH and ACS -funded randomized controlled trials of skin cancer and risk communication interventions for children and families delivered via telehealth and in community settings. Several ongoing and planned studies use wearable sensor technology and mHealth approaches to health behavior change.

This position will help to prepare the postdoctoral fellow for an independent academic research career. The fellow will have opportunities to develop new research projects, lead and collaborate on manuscripts with a multidisciplinary team, receive mentored grant-writing experience, to mentor team members including undergraduate and graduate students, and present research at national meetings. The fellow will also have opportunities to develop their own research program through pilot work and/or grants. Fellows can also take advantage of the many workshops, seminars, and other trainings at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute focused on topics such as behavioral research, quantitative analysis, grant-writing, and leadership development.

The University of Utah encompasses both the flagship university and the health sciences campus for the state, competes in the Pac-12 conference, and is the largest institution in the entire Mountain West.Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation (e.g., skiing, hiking) and a very affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 7th highest proportion of LGBTQ+ residents among U.S. cities. The CCPS Program at HCI is a comprehensive research program that spans the cancer control continuum from etiology, primary prevention, screening, and early detection to continuing care, survivorship, and end-of-life care. HCI offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a 220,000 sq. ft. research building that opened in the summer of 2017 where Dr. Wu’s research team is housed.

Successful applicants will have a PhD in psychology, public health, or other relevant social or population science fields. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Anticipated start date is flexible.

Applicants should include the following in their application: 1) cover letter describing research interests and experiences, along with short- and long-term career goals, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three references with contact information (email and phone). Candidate review will start immediately.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veteran’s preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. Additional information is available at:

Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to cancer prevention, care, and survivorship for all communities within the area we serve – which includes Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming – with impact worldwide. Partnerships with individuals, communities, and many other entities are crucial to our work. Huntsman Cancer Institute values cancer-related health equity and inclusion as integral to our guiding principle to serve our patients and their communities, and our commitment to foster a culture of belonging for all within our organization.

In your cover letter or during your interview process, we invite you to share how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you to serve as a member of our team as we work to reduce the cancer burden experienced by all people and communities. This may include description of your prior experiences related to research, prevention, clinical care, community engagement/outreach, training, administration, or other areas relevant to Huntsman Cancer Institute’s mission and this position.

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Type Benefited Staff

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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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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