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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Neurocognitive & Psychological Aspects of Cancer Survivorship
St. Jude Children's Resarch Hospital

Applications are being accepted for two full-time clinical research postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Anticipated start dates are Summer to Fall 2014. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, or related field. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

These positions offer individualized training in the evaluation and characterization of neurocognitive and psychological outcomes, and the design and implementation of interventions to prevent or remediate deficits in child, adolescent and adult survivors of pediatric onset cancer. Fellows will engage in active collaboration with a multidisciplinary survivorship team. Note: a large percentage of the research cohort is comprised of adult survivors 18-55 years of age, with the remaining cohort being survivors 7-17 years of age. Training will include the design and implementation of outcome studies, neurocognitive and psychosocial assessment, data analysis, and publication and grantsmanship. Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct research leading to high impact scientific publications and presentations at national and international conferences.

Fellows will participate in a longitudinal study designed to characterize neurocognitive and psychological functioning in over 4,000 adult survivors enrolled in a St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Included in this cohort study are protocols examining chronic disease in relation to neurocognitive outcomes and brain integrity as well as interventions for the treatment of insomnia, cognitive dysfunction, and anxiety/depression. Fellows may also devote a proportion of their time working on active institutional and grant funded studies, including an NIH funded protocol linking neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes in adolescent survivors of pediatric leukemia to quantitative MRI (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI), and genetic polymorphisms. Experience in neuroimaging and genetics is not required, and training is available. Additional research opportunities are available based on fellow interest and training, and fellows are supported in the development of their own protocols.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a private nonprofit academic research institution, supports a range of programs to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic disease through research and treatment. St. Jude is a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the largest free-standing pediatric cancer center in the U.S. For more information on St. Jude see www.stjude.org.

The postdoctoral stipend is competitive and above current NIH fellowship guidelines. Benefits include 3 weeks paid vacation, a professional development account, relocation assistance, tuition reimbursement, paid leave and travel support to attend conferences, and medical, dental and vision coverage. St. Jude is committed to providing an outstanding environment for mentored career development, and offers a rich intellectual and resource environment for research and training.

Interested applicants should direct questions or submit a current CV and cover letter to Dr. Kevin Krull kevin.krull@stjude.org and/or Dr. Tara Brinkman tara.brinkman@stjude.org

Tara M. Brinkman, PhD
Assistant Member
Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 735
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901.595.5683
Fax: 901.595.5845

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