Postdoc in Indigenous Cancer Research: Environmental Cancer Health Disparities

Cancer Prevention and Control
Full time
Commensurate with NIH Post-doc Pay Scale and Previous Post-doctoral Experience
Description of Duties

Project(s). The connection between Indigenous peoples and the natural environment has important ancestral, historical, cultural, and health related elements. The Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research seeks a postdoc to collaborate in project(s) development across tribal areas dedicated to environment, human exposure and the human condition as they relate to cancer health issues and population science.  We seek applications from a researcher who has worked and has experience with Indigenous populations, bench or basic science, cancer health disparities, and environmental research.   The work will be community-based, community-driven, and seek to advance the understanding towards solutions related to environmental challenges and concerns including but not exclusive to environment and human exposure, land-based learning and public health at the tribal, local, regional, national, and international levels. The projects and position will engage by means of a participatory and tribally driven fashion with Indigenous community partnerships including tribal workforces and tribal environmental programs.  The evolving research will make contributions to scientific knowledge that may include basic scientific research and outcomes that will translate to the Indigenous experiences and understandings of cancer disparities related to environment and the human condition. Altogether, the postdoc role includes the development of research partnerships and collaborative research efforts related to the natural environment (e.g., soil, water, wind) for Indigenous decreasing cancer and co-occurring health disparities within Indigenous landscapes and/or Indigenous urban settings.

Duties.  Under the supervision of Rodney Haring, PhD, Director for the Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research and in collaboration with the Center’s Community Advisory Board, regional, national, and international Indigenous partners, the postdoc will receive mentored support for creating and implementing research projects, analyzing data, writing manuscripts and submitting for publication. The postdoc will also assist with coordinating existing partnerships with the Center’s outreach team, Roswell’s Community Outreach and Engagement, Roswell’s shared resources and along with the support for building new partnerships toward community-based research and wet/dry lab investigation dedicated to services and innovation.  The postdoc will also work with the Center’s research coordinator and research assistant to manage the logistics of community-engaged including ethics review, finance and grant budget, report and grant preparation.  Lastly, the postdoc will collaborate with Roswell’s education team by supervising a summer research experience student who will contribute to these efforts. Ability to travel inter-tribally, regionally, nationally, and internationally is required.


Qualifications. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a field relevant to this project. Other qualifications include:

  • Record of scholarly publication, including first-authored scientific journal articles
  • Expertise in basic science, environmental science, research design
  • Experience working in or collaborating with Indigenous communities and students
Applicant Instructions

To apply: Please email a cover letter with career aims; CV; two publications; and contact information for three references. Emails can be sent to: