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Program Overview

The Surgical Oncology Research Training Program at UAB will provide promising physician-scientists entering a career in academic surgery, particularly surgical oncology careers, with the opportunity for comprehensive translational and health services research training in a mentored multidisciplinary, collaborative environment.

In addition to a mentored research experience, with clear expectations to present and publish research results, participants will complete tailored cancer-related coursework and are exposed to an established curriculum including principles of clinical trials, research design, laboratory management, responsible conduct of research and data analysis. The training program fosters the development of knowledge, competence, skills, professional attitudes, and experience required for successful academic careers in surgical oncology research.

Application Process

We typically anticipate positions opening in July-September each year. Applications are currently considered on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by October 15 for positions to begin July 1 or September 1 of the following year. We typically accept three new post-doctoral trainees each year.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Individuals from underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following components through this online web form:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. One-page statement describing background and interest in the training program
  3. Brief statement of research interests and long-term career goals
  4. Two letters of recommendation


Herbert Chen, M.D.
Co-Program Director

Vikas Dudeja, MBBS
Co- Program Director


Kristi Herritz
Program Coordinator

Note: This program is supported by NIH/NCI institutional training grant (T32CA229102).