Postdoctoral fellow in Symptom Research department

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7062835
Posted: December 18, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We are searching for a post-doctoral researcher to join the MD Anderson Center for Integrated Systems for Patient-Reported Data in Cancer Care. The mission of the Center is to enhance cancer care and research by engineering, implementing, and evaluating computational tools to assess and report patient data. Concretely, the Center aims to solve two related problems. Firstly, that patient reported-outcomes are useful but are not routinely used in cancer care; and secondly, that the quality of patient-reported data could be dramatically improved by leveraging modern technologies, including psychometrics and machine learning.

We are searching for applicants who have a Doctoral degree in which they have gained demonstrable experience with tools relevant to the INSPiRED Cancer Care mission which may include any combination of data science and machine learning, psychometrics, epidemiology, or computational linguistics. Applicants will be comfortable working with R and RStudio and will be motivated to constantly develop their skills with self-directed training. Frequent one-to-one supervision will be available for technical aspects of work as well as early-career strategy and planning.

The successful applicant will have the opportunities to use both their problem-solving skills to help enhance patient-reported outcomes in routine clinical care and their analytical skills to create new data-driven discoveries from patient data.


1. Research Activity
• Statistical programming using R (primarily), Python, SAS, or STATA (occasionally).
• Data preparation, cleaning, and manipulation with R (e.g., TidyVerse).
• Self-directed learning of new programming or statistical techniques (e.g., using stackoverflow).
• Expert knowledge and nascent history of publication in either psychometrics, computational social science, or machine learning.
• Developing proposals for grant-funded research.
• Developing research protocols and IRB submissions.
• Present results in departmental meetings.
• Engage with collaborators at MD Anderson and around the world.
• Present work at international and national meetings.
• Lead the preparation, submission, and revision of manuscripts for publication.

2. Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Learning Skills
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Experience of working collaboratively on data science projects.
• Good problem-solving abilities.

3. Other
• Maintaining databases relating
For further information you should contact Birute Ziemiene (

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or veteran status except where such distinction is required by law. All positions at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information. Smoke-free and drug-free environment.


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