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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Prevention and Control

The Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control is an NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral trainee program that will equip participants to work at the interface between behavioral and social science, technology, clinical oncology, and cancer biology. Our distinguished program provides an immersion in the following (as applied to cancer prevention, control and survivorship): 1) fundamentals of cancer biology and clinical oncology, 2) MOST designs (SMART, MRT, JITAI) to optimize theory-based, technology-supported behavioral interventions, 3) RCT methodology to evaluate behavioral interventions; 4) health information technologies in integrated care delivery, 5) outcomes science and measurement, and 6) community engagement strategies and cancer health equity.

The two-year training program will consist of research, educational and career development components and will prepare participants for academic and related careers. Fellows will hold appointments at the Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, a top 10 nationally ranked cancer center that boasts an exceptional score with the National Cancer Institute. An appointment provides postdoctoral trainees with a comfortable salary, tuition funds for classwork related to research training, and funds to defray research expenses and travel to scientific meetings.

Fellowship Highlights

  • One to two years of funding
  • Earnest salary
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Networking & social events held by program and The Graduate School of Northwestern University
  • Travel & tuition support
  • Publication opportunities
  • Mentorship from academic & clinical Leaders at the forefront of their fields
  • Guidance from experts at The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Living & working in the heart of Chicago, IL
  • Training at a world-leading medical school & healthcare system
  • Optional enrollment in master’s degree programs

Eligibility Criteria

  • Qualified doctorates (PhD, DrPH, MD, DO, or equivalent)
  • Clinicians with a strong research background
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Required Application Materials

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Letter of Support from at minimum one mentor

Application Process

Please submit all required application materials listed above to Bonnie Spring, PhD c/o Frank Granata IV, MSc. After thorough review, exceptional candidates will be extended invitations to interview with program faculty and potential research mentors. Applications are continuously reviewed and offers of admission will be extended until all positions are filled. Special preference will be given completed applications submitted before Friday, February 18th, 2022.

For more information about our fellowship, potential research mentors, current trainees, and the notable accomplishments of our alumni, please visit our website.


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.