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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Bricker Studies in Seattle, Washington | Careers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology (HABIT) Group, led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, is part of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson. Funded by multiple large R01-level NIH grants from the NCI and NIDDK ($25 million USD cumulative total to date), the Group’s research mission is to develop and rigorously test behavioral interventions for tobacco cessation and weight loss health and disseminate them with the goal of high public health impact. Technologies for delivering these interventions include smartphone applications, chatbots, websites, and telephone counseling. One of the behavioral approaches the Group has been testing is called Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). The HABIT Group is committed to increasing the diversity of future scientists passionate about research devoted to scaling behavioral principles for public health impact.


Under the mentorship of Dr. Bricker, a Full Professor, and one of the HABIT Group’s Staff Scientists, Dr. Margarita Santiago-Torres, the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will lead and co-author multiple scientific research papers and conduct original research that is part of the ongoing research from any one of our three current NIH R01 Phase III clinical trials. Regarding scientific research papers, the Fellow will be mentored in writing papers and presenting results at scientific national and international conferences. The Fellow will have access to existing data from large, randomized NIH R01 Phase III trials on tobacco cessation conducted by the HABIT Group. Existing data will include the recently published iCanQuit study (JAMA IM, 2020) of a smartphone application proven efficacious for smoking cessation. The Fellow with receive full support from the HABIT Group’s biostatistician as well as training in clinical trial design, analyses of outcomes and mechanisms of action. The HABIT Group’s administrators will provide support for manuscript preparation and submission.

Regarding conduct of original research, the Fellow will be mentored in proposing a 2 to 3 year NIH Diversity Supplement grant (NCI or NIDDK) for a research project that will be an integral part of the ongoing research of one of our three current R01 Phase III clinical trials. A Diversity Supplement grant will contribute significantly to the health research career development of the Fellow. The Group’s three NIH R01 Phase III current trials focus on testing the efficacy of (1) an artificial intelligence chatbot for cigarette smoking cessation, (2) a smartphone application to help cancer patients stop cigarette smoking, and (3) telephone coach-delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for weight loss. The Fellow will receive ongoing mentoring in the Diversity Supplement research project, interact with the Group and collaborators on the selected clinical trial, contribute intellectually to the research, and enhance research skills and knowledge in tobacco cessation, obesity, beha vioral science, and delivery of digital interventions.

Summary of Responsibilities:

* Write peer reviewed publications from our existing trial data (lead & co-author)
* Give national and international research presentations
* Submit an NIH Diversity Supplement for a mentored research project
* Funded by the NIH Diversity Supplement, conduct a research project that is integral to one of our ongoing NIH funded trials.


To be considered, the successful candidate must:

* Hold a doctoral degree in psychology, behavioral sciences, public health or related field
* Have a track record in smoking cessation or obesity research
* Have at least one first-authored publication on the topic of smoking cessation or obesity
* Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Demonstrate ability to work well within interdisciplinary teams and collaborations
* Provide a diversity statement

Position duration will depend on Diversity Supplement funding. The first year of funding is guaranteed. If the Diversity Supplement is funded, the position will last a total of 2-3 years depending on the duration of the Diversity Supplement research proposed.

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity
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(This information was submitted on March 18, 2021)

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