Program Directors: Drs. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried or Marie Bakitas, Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham



The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is home to one of the original eight NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers.  UAB also has one of the nation’s oldest and continuously-funded research training programs in cancer prevention and control (NCI R25T now converted to a T32).  For almost three decades, we have provided interdisciplinary research training to both pre- and post-doctoral fellows, who now have established independent research careers in academic and scholarly organizations.

This program prepares fellows for independent research careers in the field of cancer prevention and control.  Our program is comprehensive, competitive and provides training in areas that range from primary prevention to cancer survivorship, from the cell to populations, and from basic science to community-based participatory research and interventions.

This successful and interdisciplinary postdoctoral program provides expert and closely-mentored training by a multi-disciplinary team. Senior faculty mentors represent diverse disciplines, including epidemiology, nutrition sciences, cancer survivorship, palliative and supportive care, nursing, informatics, health policy, social & behavioral sciences, cancer biology, and genetics.  The program provides didactic and experiential training opportunities, including practical experience in grant preparation, data analysis, project management, professional skills training, and scientific writing (abstracts/manuscripts).

The program seeks highly qualified and experienced individuals who are passionate about advancing the science of cancer prevention and control, and who are motivated to take full opportunity of the rich, scholarly resources available at UAB.  Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Post-doctoral candidates must possess a doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, MD, DO or equivalent) from an accredited university.

The CPCTP offers:

  • Up to three years of funding
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Tuition   
  • Health insurance   
  • Research support   
  • Travel allowance

Consideration of applications is on a rolling basis (In 2020, it is estimated that 1 post-doc and 2 pre-doc positions will become available). 

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter including a statement of research interests and how the training grant will further your scholarly career in cancer prevention and control
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation and reprints of first authored papers.

For more information or to apply, please contact Program Directors: Drs. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried or Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN or visit our website http://www.uab.edu/cpctp.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


About the University:

UAB is a major research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches UAB is a major research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and the nation. UAB has been ranked the top young university in the United States and the No. 12 young university worldwide in the Times Higher Education 2019 Young University Rankings. The UAB faculty is renowned for its excellence in interdisciplinary research programs.The successful candidates have opportunities to accept education and training in multiple- &interdisciplinary research environment..

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.