New opportunities in cancer and cancer health disparities research!

"There's lots of fun in exploring the unknown. There's no greater thrill than in having an experiment turn out in such a way that you make a positive contribution." -- Dr. Jane C. Wright describing her pioneering research in chemotherapy.

Good morning, GMaP Region 3!

This month we have many great opportunities for professional development, training, and funding! Please take a moment to view this message in web browser so that you can read it all the way to the end! We have information on several programs and happenings including:

Professional Development Opportunities!

  • National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, Scientific Review Officer -- New!
  • Health Science Administrator Positions at the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) -- New!
  • Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Training at the University of Texas, The MD Anderson Cancer Center  -- New!
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine -- New!

Training Opportunity!

  • Four New AACR Educational Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities - New!
  • Éxito! 10th Annual Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Summer Institute - New!

Mentorship Opportunity!

  • It's National Mentoring Month! Check out some new resources at the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) - New!

Professional Development ...

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
Scientific Review Officer (Health Scientist Administrator) Position


The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. We organize the peer review groups or study sections that evaluate the majority (75%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. We also receive all grant applications for NIH, as well as for some other components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the home to a community of over 240 diverse and accomplished scientists who share a deep commitment to science and health and making sure NIH grant applications are fairly and expertly reviewed.  These Scientific Review Officers (SROs) play pivotal roles in ensuring that the NIH peer review process identifies the most promising research grant applications, because the most important factor in determining whether an NIH grant application is funded by NIH is how well it fares in peer review.
SROs help ensure the vitality of NIH peer review by using their scientific expertise and communication and interpersonal skills to—
  • Analyze the scientific content of grant applications,
  • Identify the scientists invited to serve on study sections and assign the applications each member will review,
  • Organize and run peer-review meetings to assess grant applications,
  • Provide applicants with a succinct written summary statement explaining how the review committee viewed the applications.
CSR is actively seeking scientists who combine a broad and current understanding of research in biomedical and behavioral sciences. We are particularly interested in the following specific expertise: Epidemiology, population research, demography, social science, health services research, health informatics, and related fields. Successful candidates will be respected, accomplished scientists with maturity, integrity and outstanding communication skills. Requirements include an M.D. or Ph.D. in the biomedical or behavioral sciences (or equivalent training and experience); American citizenship; and a record of independent research accomplishments, documented by an outstanding publication record and administrative background.              
The Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health invites you to apply for a professional track currently available at CSR. The vacancy announcements can be found through the NIH Recruitment website (  If interested, please contact Valerie Durrant at
Would you—or someone you know—be interested in joining a dynamic team dedicated to eliminating cancer health disparities?
The National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities is now recruiting for multiple Program Director position vacancies. These positions are instrumental in the Center’s efforts to enhance diversity training and community education and outreach in cancer and cancer health disparities.
The vacancies are Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) positions and are posted online at the following links: and (Status Candidates).
The vacancy notices are open from January 21, 2020 through January 30, 2020. Please find detailed information below:

  • Job Title: Health Scientist Administrator (HSA)
  • Series and Grade: GS-0601-12/14
  • Position Information: Full time-permanent
  • Duty Location: Shady Grove, MD
CRCHD seeks motivated scientists to serve as Program Directors in its Diversity Training Branch (DTB) and Integrated Networks Branch (INB). These Program Directors will manage and develop a portfolio of innovative grant-supported diversity training (DTB) and network-based initiatives (INB), and identify scientific opportunities to generate new knowledge supporting the NCI mission. The successful candidates will hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree.
We encourage you to read the position descriptions (see bullets below) to learn more about the respective responsibilities, contacts, and the desired research focus areas and educational background/experience:

  If you are interested in applying, please respond to the NIH Global Recruitment announcement for Health Scientist Administrators (HSAs), which will only be open from January 21, 2020 through January 30, 2020. There are two GS-12/14 HSA (Program Officer) vacancy announcements: one for federal employees only and one for all other applicants. 
The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.
We would be grateful if you would share this announcement with colleagues and others who may be interested in joining this exciting and dynamic team of scientists.

Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Training Opportunity in Behavioral Science at the University of Texas The MD Anderson Cancer Center

We are looking for candidates for postdoctoral fellowships to join the Family-Focused Supportive Care Research Team in Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  This postdoctoral fellowship will provide individuals with the opportunity to contribute to the design, implementation, analysis, and publication of studies in social support processes and patient-caregiver dyadic intervention trials in the cancer control setting.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Kathrin Milbury, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, this fellowship will focus on quantitative methods for assessing critical issues in supporting understudied patients and their families throughout the cancer treatment continuum, such as:
  • Examining dyadic mind-body medicine as a supportive care strategy for both patients and their family caregivers
  • Compare different behavioral intervention delivery approaches (e.g., individual, dyadic, group-based, in person, telemedicine and web-based)
  • Developing and testing interventions aiming to reduce financial distress, parenting-related concerns and distress associated with fertility preservation. 
Qualified candidates should have a doctorate in psychology or a related field.  Prior experience in dyadic or family research is preferred.  Publications and strong statistical skills are important.  All candidates must have evidence of strong writing skills.  This postdoctoral fellowship provides and exceptional opportunity to develop research experience and publications in cancer prevention and control including NIH funded randomized controlled trials. 
Within the context of the mission and objectives of the department of behavioral science, postdoctoral trainees will be exposed to a wide array of translational research in cancer prevention and control including smoking cessation, genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer susceptibility, psychosocial oncology, physical activity, neuroscience, psychophysiology, and undeserved and minority populations.

Eligible candidates interested in this opportunity will partner with the Department of Behavioral Science and will seek funding through the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) with Dr. Milbury or other faculty as sponsoring mentors.
At MD Anderson, the CPRTP prepares health scientists and clinicians to assume leadership roles as research investigators in cancer prevention and control.  Trainees appointed to the program will increase their knowledge of cancer prevention and control research and practice through curriculum-based learning; obtain hands-on experience in ongoing cancer prevention and control research projects under the mentorship of established investigators; and participate in workshops, scientific presentations, scientific writing, grant preparation, and professional development skills.  Centered around mentored research in cancer prevention and control guided by experienced faculty mentors, multidisciplinary training will be accomplished through a robust training plan that is founded on rigorous quantitative methods, a specialized cancer prevention educational curriculum, an individual development plan, and career development activities.  Trainees are immersed in the type of cross-disciplinary research environment characteristic of cancer prevention and control, with the objective of launching the trainee in the role of principal investigator early in his or her career.  The CPRTP is committed to building a demographically and scientifically diverse research workforce.

Selected applicants will be appointed to a two-year, full-time research postdoctoral fellowship position with a competitive salary and benefits.  These positions are funded by a research training grant award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (Award# RP170259, Drs. Shine Chang & Sanjay Shete, Principal Investigators).  For more details about the CPRTP, please visit:
For inquires specific to working with Family-Focused Supportive Care Research Team, please email:
All application documents are due Monday, February 17, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. CT.

Thank you,

Kathrin Milbury, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Behavioral Science
Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics

Seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to collaborate on cancer epidemiology research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Informatics under the direction of Dr. Anne Marie McCarthy. Projects will cover topic areas including breast cancer risk prediction, integration of genetics into breast cancer prevention, evaluation of novel biomarkers of breast cancer risk, personalized screening, and racial disparities in breast cancer. The position is for 2 years, with flexible start date.
Ph.D. in epidemiology or biostatistics or a related field. Knowledge and experience with cancer and/or genetic epidemiologic research, a strong publication record, excellent communication, presentation and writing skills. Interested candidates should send a CV, list of publications, writing sample, and cover letter via email.
Anne Marie McCarthy, ScM PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics (DBEI)
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
833 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 | 215-898-9294


AACR Educational Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Committed to building and training a diverse cancer research workforce, the AACR invests in the training of the next generation of cancer researchers and early-career investigators by offering the following Educational Workshops in 2020.

AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop (Vail, CO) *

Clinical fellows and junior faculty level clinical investigators will learn the essentials of effective clinical trial design and discuss the full spectrum of challenges and opportunities in clinical cancer research.

Application deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

For more information:  Contact: Kathryn Leonard (

Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop (Snowmass Village, CO) *
Physicians or clinical oncology fellows in any subspecialty with the intent of a career as a physician-scientist will be guided in the principles of designing scientific experiments based on examples from faculty, grant writing, and hands-on laboratory techniques.

Application deadline: Monday, March 30, 2020

For more information:     Contact: Amy Baran (

Integrative Molecular Epidemiology Workshop: Bridging Cancer Biology and Precision Medicine (Boston, MA) *

Molecular epidemiologists, geneticists, statisticians, bioinformaticians, molecular biologists, physician-scientists, and others who have completed basic coursework in epidemiology will be trained in the integration of biology and epidemiology in studies of cancer etiology and disease outcome.

Application deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020

For more information:        Contact: Shakira Nelson (

Translational Cancer Research for Basic Scientists Workshop (Boston, MA)
Basic scientists at the pre- or postdoctoral level and early-career scientists will gain an in-depth understanding of translational research, enabling the adaptation of their research for maximum clinical impact and transition into translational cancer medicine.

Application deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2020

For more information:          Contact: Lyngine Calizo (

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Do you know any promising Latino master’s-level students?

In June 2020, the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio will be hosting its 10th Annual Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Summer Institute.
Éxito!, funded by the National Cancer Institute and led by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, encourages minority master’s-level students and master’s-trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in cancer health disparities research.
Éxito! provides participants the opportunity to:
  • Attend a weeklong Summer Institute from June 1-5, 2020, in San Antonio, TX, where they will hear from state and national experts and leaders, including doctoral program directors, faculty, researchers, and Éxito! alumni mentors.
  • Apply for one of ten paid internships in areas focusing on Latino cancer health disparities research.
We would like to extend this wonderful opportunity to students/alumni from your organization. We are asking student groups like yours to forward our program information to your members so they can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Applications are being accepted now through March 2, 2020.
To learn more about Éxito, please visit our website at
If you have any questions, please email us at


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