Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity in the Department of Health Disparities Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center

We are inviting candidates to apply for a post-doctoral scholar position. The scholar is expected to start in Summer/Fall 2018 in the Department of Health Disparities Research, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston. Our overarching goal is to understand health from cultural and biopsychosocial perspectives, to improve cancer survivorship and cancer prevention, and to eliminate health disparities. We are a collaborative group who are passionate about our research and we welcome those who share our passion and vision.

The post-doctoral scholar will primarily work with Dr. Qian Lu on cancer survivorship, psychosocial interventions, and health disparities research. Recently completed and on-going studies led by Dr. Lu’s team include cross-cultural comparison between Caucasian and Asian cancer survivors on adjustment, factors influencing adjustment, psychosocial interventions among Chinese breast cancer survivors (expressive writing and social support), biomarkers in psychosocial interventions, caregivers’ adjustment, and validation of questionnaires. In addition, the scholar will have access to a group of dedicated mentors at MDACC whose expertise include and not limited to exercise and life style intervention, psychoneuroimmunology, technology-based intervention, and underserved populations. The mentoring team has successfully helped scholars to obtain fellowships and developmental awards. The post-doctoral scholar will have plenty opportunities to work on manuscript writing (opportunities to publish as the first author), to participate in projects funded by NIH and ACS, and to develop independent studies and provide mentoring to undergraduates/graduates. The scholar will have access to several datasets including Asian cancer survivors and non-Hispanic whites. The scholar will have opportunities to work with mentors to develop new projects surrounding cancer health disparities (particularly concerning Asian, Latino, and low SES populations). The scholar’s main responsibilities include developing study protocols and managing IRB proposals, assisting with grant proposal development and submissions, and assisting with project management.

Applicants should send a cover letter stating research interests and experience, curriculum vitae and up to three reprint/writing sample(s) to Qian Lu, Ph.D., M.D. at (luteam@ with the subject line “Postdoctoral Scholar Application”. Please also arrange for two letters of references sent to Qian Lu at (luteam@ with the subject line “Recommendation Letter for Postdoctoral Scholar Application”. The position is open immediately and the latest starting date is Sep 2018. We accept and review applications – and make hiring decisions – on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Qian Lu at (qlu at ). Candidates with a doctorate who are well trained in psychology, public health, or other behavioral science are welcome. This is a two-year position.

This position comes with competitive salary ($50,000/year), health and other employment benefits.

Houston is the nation's most diverse city, the fourth largest city, and an international destination, bursting with energy. The low cost of living and ethnic diversity have attracted more and more young people to move to this vibrant city. Houston is a diverse city with low cost of living, friendly people, great food, and access to lakes, beaches, and biking trials. It has fairly large minority populations (African American, Asian, and Hispanics) and is a wonderful place for researching cancer, culture, and minorities. There are lots of resources at MDACC, including patient access, access to diverse communities and community partnership, dedicated mentoring teams, effective administrative support, competitive salary, and regular workshops on manuscript and grant writing. The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center offers competitive health and other employment benefits, including a gym on site for employees. The Center's Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity policy provides equal treatment and opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation except where such distinction is required by law and promotes the full realization of equal opportunity through an affirmative action program.