Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) of the NCI Designated Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow (2-3 year appointment) who aspires to become an independent academic researcher in the areas of mobile health (mHealth), tobacco cessation, cancer prevention, and health disparities.

The fellow will primarily work with Dr. Michael Businelle on multiple completed and ongoing research studies that utilize smartphones and sensors (e.g., mobile carbon monoxide monitor, GPS, Bluetooth pill bottle cap) to collect data and automatically intervene to reduce unhealthy behaviors (e.g., smoking, at-risk drinking) in real-time (see our current research projects). Dr. Businelle is the director of the SCC mHealth Shared Resource

The fellow will receive training in developing and testing Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAI) and will be highly involved in manuscript preparation (primary and secondary roles) using data from multiple completed and ongoing JITAIs including: 1) Project Smart-T2 – a smoking cessation JITAI that assesses risk for imminent smoking lapse multiple times per day and automatically tailors intervention content to participant needs; 2) Project Smart-T Alcohol – a newly NIH funded treatment development study that will use phone based assessments, passive alcohol sensors, and geolocation data to identify antecedents to drinking/heavy drinking and will pilot test a new JITAI; 3) Project Phoenix – a 3-armed smartphone based smoking cessation induction trial; 4) Project M-ICART – a marijuana reduction/cessation JITAI; 5) Project Link2Care – an NIH funded 3-armed randomized clinical trial that tests a novel app that links shelter based case managers to homeless adults; and 6) Project Smart-T Diabetes – a pilot JITAI that combines a Bluetooth enabled pill bottle with a smartphone app to increase metformin medication adherence.

The fellow will also receive training in novel quantitative and statistical approaches such as multi-level modeling and structural equation modeling, training in grant writing and preparation, conducting clinical trials, and tobacco-related research methods.

Qualifications include a doctoral degree in the behavioral sciences, public health, psychology, or other relevant area. Excellent writing skills are required. Experience with diverse populations, tobacco research, health disparities, and quantitative methods are preferred but not required. Salary and benefits are significantly above average. In addition, fellows will have access to funds to conduct research, and attend external trainings and conferences.

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and cover letter stating their research interests and career goals to angela-helt@ouhsc.edu.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The University of Oklahoma is an EO/AA Institution http://www.ou.edu/eoo/. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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