Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Posted Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2022
Mays Cancer Center
Position Description: 

The Mays Cancer Center (MCC) at UT Health San Antonio invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow. The trainee will work with Multiple PIs, Dr. Jennifer Huberty and Dr. Ruben Mesa, Executive Director of the Mays Cancer Center on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded RO1 grant. The Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson is a long-standing NCI-Designated Cancer Center recognized for excellence in early phase cancer clinical trials, cancer biology research, and population science. The fellowship is remote and will prepare the trainee for a career in academic research and/or industry. The postdoctoral research fellow will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students conducting an active program of research related to the use of complementary and integrative medicine (e.g., yoga, meditation, physical activity) for symptom management (e.g., fatigue, pain, depression, sleep disturbance) in cancer patients. Unique to this position, there will be an opportunity to work closely with digital health to conduct this research and to build upon a foundation of studies that have been conducted in previous years delivering complementary and integrative medicine to cancer patients using these platforms. The trainee will be involved in all aspects of the research including Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, recruitment, enrollment, data management and analyses, reviewing protocols, and mentoring research coordinators. Additionally, the candidate will actively participate in manuscript writing, grant proposals, presenting at academic meetings, and other essential duties as necessary. The candidate will receive training in grant writing and help with the preparation and submission of NIH and other grant proposals. Opportunities exist for first-authored manuscripts and new projects. The mission of the MCC is to reduce the cancer burden in Central and South Texas through the highest quality cancer care with expanded treatment options from our early phase clinical trials, cancer research aimed at reducing the incidence and mortality of cancer as well as improving treatment options, education of the future leaders of cancer scientists and clinicians, and cancer prevention programs that focus on our unique population. The MCC strives to be the institution of choice for cancer care in South Texas, a highly-productive research institution that attracts and retains the best cancer scientists, is the institution of choice for cancer education, and an organization devoted to reducing the burden of cancer in our region. For additional information related to Dr. Jennifer Huberty go to: For additional information related to Dr. Ruben Mesa go to:

Position Requirements: 

Required Qualifications • Earned doctorate or equivalent degree within the last 5 years in public health, epidemiology, behavioral science, exercise science, health education and health promotion, health communication, medicine, social psychology, or related field; • Record of related research experience appropriate to rank. • Record of strong writing ability (i.e., first authored publications, grant applications submitted) Desired Qualifications • Knowledge and experience conducting health behavior interventions in cancer patients/survivors; • Knowledge and experience of the objective monitoring of sleep and physical activity; • Demonstrated experience in quantitative research methods; • Demonstrated experience in qualitative research methods; • Experience with R, SPSS or SAS • Evidence of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations in public health, exercise science, or behavioral medicine; • Evidence of being self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team-oriented, creative, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and able to synthesize literature Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

How to Apply: 

To apply, please submit the following: • A letter of interest including the name of the position, your qualifications and experience as it relates to the position, and a research statement • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications • Copies of two recent publications • Information for 3 professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number). Finalists will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation. This is a grant-funded appointment for up to four years from date of hire, with renewal contingent on funds and excellent performance. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to: Dr. Jennifer Huberty, by email at

Contact Name: 
Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D.
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Job Number: 

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