Postdoctoral Fellow in Patient-Reported Data Research (Dr. Christopher Gibbons)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

ID: 7063771
Posted: February 17, 2020
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 new strategies to collect, analyze, and report patient data. 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 in biostatistics, psychometrics, machine learning or epidemiology. Applicants will be comfortable working with code-based statistical tools (e.g., R, MPlus, SAS, STATA). Successful applicants will be given training on data science and statistics using R and have access to one-to-one supervision will be available for technical aspects of work as support for early-career planning and strategy building.

The successful applicant will have the opportunities to apply both technical and problem-solving skills to create now data-driven discoveries to improve the lives of cancer patients.


1. Research Activity
• Data analysis (preferably with R, Python; training provided).
• Data preparation, cleaning, and manipulation.
• Self-directed learning.
• Expert knowledge and nascent evidence of publication in either biostatistics, 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 derived from electronic health records.

Stipend support will follow the NIH NRSA level for the appropriate PGY, starting at $50,004.

Diversity and inclusion at MD Anderson are not just important; they are essential. We take an expansive view of diversity, considering differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religious beliefs, as well as communication styles, thought, skill and ambition. We constantly examine our culture to create an inclusive working environment that effectively attracts, retains, develops and utilizes the skills and talents of all employees. Our Diversity Council develops strategies to attract and retain superior talent and enhance workforce diversity and inclusion. We also offer multiple diversity training programs to our employees.


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