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Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Cancer and Health Disparities

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: VP- Acad Suppt Services
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer (DF/HCC) jointly announce a basic science Post-Doctoral Fellowship designed to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce to meet the national need for highly skilled faculty and researchers committed to better understand and address cancer and cancer health disparities. The joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program will build up on a new educational model established by the existing partnership between the two institutions, which embraces and is made stronger by interdisciplinary participation with a blend of resource sharing and talents from practice and academe. The program allows collaborative training that can occur at either or both of the partnering institutions.

Examples of Duties: 

The Program is modeled after the NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA), where a program combines a more traditional postdoctoral mentoring experience with an opportunity to academic skill, such as teaching. Fellows receive funding from the recently renewed U54 Partnership supported by the National Cancer Institute.  The Program consists of three interrelated components:

  1. Research Training: Development and implementation of independent research with the guidance and mentorship of an experienced and funded researcher from UMass Boston or DF/HCC.  Areas of emphasis for research purposes will include but not limited to cell cycle control, development, cell signaling, systems biology as it relates to cancer and/or cancer disparities. Research training will include travel to scientific meetings and workshops related to the trainee’s research interests and research training needs.
  2. Professional Development Training: Provide direction and resources for career guidance and preparation for an academic or research career. Resources will address leadership development, project management, training in grant writing and other skills necessary for success as an independent investigator with an established program of research.
  3. Educational Preparation: Provide opportunities to develop teaching and pedagogical skills needed in academia. The teaching experience occurs on the UMass Boston campus, the most diverse University in New England. Fellows receive guidance from an experienced educator-coaches, assisting in the preparation and execution of skills learned.



Eligibility criteria include:

  • Completed PhD in any basic science field applicable to cancer research
  • Primary research interest in understanding and addressing cancer and cancer health disparities
  • Applicants from various, racially or ethnically diverse, or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Each post-doctoral fellow is eligible to receive financial support comprised of:

  • Annual salary of $50,000
  • Financial support to attend one conference per academic year


Additional resources include:

  • Fellowship position allows individual to within the DF/HCC network of scientists.
  • Partnership labs have access to multiple Core facilities at both the DF/HCC and UMass Boston.
  • Mentorship support in preparing for an academic or research career. Guidance toward resources and training opportunities in the areas of leadership development, project management, grant writing, and other skills necessary to obtain future funding and support through fellowships, award programs, and independent research grants.
  • Ability to participate in DF/HCC post-doctoral network and UMass Boston’s professional development activities.
  • Access to services offered by DF/HCC and UMB Post-Doctoral Offices

Interested candidates should submit the below

Curriculum vitae

  • A Goals Statement:
    • Describe your career goals and how the fellowship program will help you achieve them. Explicitly describe activities desired in the training program. If you are particularly interested in working with a specific individual, please specify. A candidate could be match with a U54 partnership investigator(s). Describe how your research interests mesh with those of a potential mentor. Additionally, include previous research experiences and how those experiences relate to your research career goals.
  • Partnership Statement:
    • Describe how your future professional goals fit within the goals of the UMass Boston-DF/HCC Partnership.
  • Provide names of 3 contacts from which we will request letters of reference (including the doctoral committee chairperson)


Questions may be addressed by Drs. Adán Colón-Carmona ( or Jill Macoska (


This is a non-union position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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