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Postdoctoral Fellow
Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date Posted 04/08/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Description:


According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoctoral fellow is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our team. The applicant must be willing and able to focus on the quantitative analysis of the ongoing and longitudinal Prevent Anal Cancer (PAC) screening study. These studies assess the utility of self-screening modalities. Dr. Alan Nyitray’s research is recruiting 1200 cis-men and transgender persons who have sex with men in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Houston. Outcomes include assessment of compliance with screening and its accuracy, and assessment of molecular biomarkers that allow stratification of persons by their risk for development of high-grade anal intraepithelial lesions and anal squamous cell carcinomas. Dr. Nyitray’s team is centered at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and the Center for AIDS Intervention Research. The postdoctoral fellow will report to Dr. Nyitray and work closely with biostatistician Timothy McAuliffe, PhD.

Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:

It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:

  • Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
  • Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
  • Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
  • Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
  • Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
  • The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is typically two years but recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
  • As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.

Primary Functions

  • Analyze the clinical trial data in the PAC Study to include
    • factors associated with anal cancer screening compliance
    • factors associated with the low-grade and high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) in the anal canal
    • HPV DNA and host-viral methylation biomarkers associated with HSIL
    • Comorbidities and sexual function
    • Findings on Digital Anal Rectal Exams
    • Accuracy and adequacy of self-swabbing and self-exams
  • Assess the impact of COVID-19 on data in the PAC Study.
  • Assess longitudinal data in COVID-19, HIV, and Sexuality Study to determine pandemic impact on study participants with attention to age, race, and presence/level of sexual minority stress.
  • Write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Plan, design and execute NIH-grant applications focused on HPV-associated cancers.
  • Coordinate data collection, storage and database maintenance, and ensure timely data transfer to NIH data archive.
  • Ensure accurate implementation of research protocols.
  • Manage research study activities.
  • Collaborate closely with faculty in the MCW Center for AIDS intervention Research and Clinical Cancer Center including social epidemiologists, behavioral medicine researchers, and biostatisticians whose research centers on LGBT health.
  • Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff in which you will evaluate/interpret the validity of data.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • Strong foundation in epidemiology and high proficiency in statistical packages including SAS and/or R to conduct data analysis.
  • Excellent English reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills.
  • Strong organizational and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent skills in preparing scientific reports, abstracts, manuscripts and grant submissions.
  • An aptitude in mentoring students and research assistants.

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:

Organizational Structure

Building:                                               Center for AIDS Intervention Research/Clinical Cancer Center

Department:                                          Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

Reports to (Title):                                  Principal Investigator

Direct Reports (Titles):                           Principal Investigator

Collaborates with (Titles):                       Center Directors, Faculty, Biostatisticians


Minimum Required Education:               PhD in a scientific field with expertise in epidemiology and quantitative analysis.

Minimum Required Experience:              None

Preferred Education:                              PhD in a scientific field

Preferred Experience:                            Strong work experience in quantitative analysis with a track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in writing grants with competitive NIH scores and reviews

Field:                                                    Epidemiology

About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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