This postdoctoral fellowship opportunity provides innovative research training in community outreach in engagement in cancer prevention and control.  The postdoctoral fellow will work under the auspices of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC) Office of Community Outreach and Engagement.  The aims of this office are to:  assess and prioritize the cancer-related needs, disparities and opportunities in our catchment area populations and assess impact; engage with institutional programs to facilitate research that is responsive to our catchment’s cancer-related needs and community-driven priorities; and work with community partners to promote participation in clinical trials and to implement/disseminate evidence-based interventions and guidelines, in order to impact clinical practice, health behaviors and public policy in Louisiana and the Gulf region.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in public health, population health, sociology, health policy, or a related discipline focused on behavioral intervention research. Highly motivated candidates with excellent writing, communication, and engagement skills are desired. Candidate should also have strong problem solving, analytical skills and strategic thinking. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of working in a diverse environment, preferably at the community level. Quantitative or qualitative data analysis skills including ability to use statistical packages and proficiency in navigating and maintaining databases

The fellowship project will collaborate with the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program and LCRC researchers to implement and evaluate the impact of evidence-based interventions at the community level to coordinate LCRC community research and activities, evaluate the impact of these activities, build community partnerships, and provide venues for community inclusion in cancer research.  Research activities will focus on health disparities and equity in order to: raise awareness and engagement in cancer screening and treatment; promote cancer prevention via modifiable risk factors (smoking, obesity, other risks); and promote multi-level, translational, and transdisciplinary approaches to cancer research.

There will be considerable opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar to participate in the development and implementation of several research projects, project coordination, recruitment, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. The postdoctoral fellowship is for a 12-month period, with the option to renew for additional years, contingent on performance. The fellow will report to Dr. Donna Williams, Associate Director of Population Sciences & Community Outreach and Engagement.

Community Health Science & Policy is focused on promoting wellness, preventing disease, and improving the quality of life among marginalized communities and populations by focusing on systems, equity, and policy impact. Our program advocates the use of a socio-ecological approach to identify and understand the social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants affecting health. Using this understanding, this program works to improve personal and population health through planning, implementation, and operating effective and community responsive programs and organizations.

LSU Health New Orleans is committed to leveraging diversity as an educational resource and an institutional core value. We seek candidates who will contribute to a climate where students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds have equitable access and success opportunities. As an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, we welcome all to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

LSU Health New Orleans is located within the biomedical district of New Orleans. It consists of six professional schools and twelve Centers of Excellence. The School of Public Health (SPH) offers degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD levels in Public Health. The SPH is CEPH accredited and maintains a diverse research portfolio with funding from NIH, CDC, and other state and federal agencies and private institutions. The School’s mission is to advance the public’s health and well-being through education, research, and service, focusing on issues affecting Louisiana. For additional information about SPH, please visit https://sph.lsuhsc.edu.