Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cancer Disparities

Fellowship Description

This position will serve in a leadership role for an innovative new project aiming to increase adoption and implementation of evidence-based precision medicine approaches to address cancer disparities in a low-income Latino community in Monterey County. The ideal candidate will be bilingual (Spanish and English), have experience leading diverse teams, significant skills conducting community-engaged research, and excellent research skills. This role will include working closely with primary care and oncology healthcare organizations in Monterey County as well as a Community Advisory Board and partner community-based organizations.  Significant travel to Monterey County will be a necessity once it is safe to do so and based on restrictions from the University.

Duties include:

  1. Manage and lead research projects related to cancer care delivery
  2. Lead research and draft manuscripts for submission.  Ideally first author.
  3. Serving as primary contact with research participants, sponsoring organizations, regulatory agencies, and community partner site leaders
  4. Managing several studies form the start-up through close-out
  5. Overseeing patient data, eligibility and study consents

Applicant Requirements


  • PhD or other doctoral degree required


  1. PhD in programs such as Public Health, Implementation Science, Health policy, Epidemiology or related field desired.
  2. Experience with research protocols and regulatory or governing bodies, which include HIPAA and FDA regulations, Institutional Review Board requirements, and Good Clinical Practices.
  3. Knowledge of some medical and public health terminology.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  5. Experience leading diverse teams, significant skills conducting community-engaged research, and excellent research skills.
  6. Excellent communication and organizational skills and superb attention to detail.
  7. Experience with MS Office products and database applications including data analysis software.
  8. Multi-site clinical trial management experience.
  9. Strong working knowledge of protocol, clinical study design, study planning and management, and monitoring.
  10. Project management experience.
  11. Qualitative and quantitative research skills, and experience with implementation science.
  12. Bilingual in Spanish-English.
  13. Shown problem-solving abilities and strong organizational skills; comfortable in a dynamic environment and able to adjust workload based on changing priorities.
  14. Experience with community-based participatory research approaches or community-engaged research

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:  

  1. Curriculum vitae;
  2. References
  3. Examples of protocols and publications

Please email materials to Dr. Manali Patel,

Additional Information

Faculty Sponsor: Manali Patel, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology)

Appointment Start Date:  Immediate