Overview

The newly renamed Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC; formerly the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center) of the NCI Designated Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is seeking applications for one (1) 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) to collect data and automatically intervene to reduce unhealthy behaviors (e.g., smoking, at-risk drinking) in real-time (see recent studies at https://www.businellelab.com/). Dr. Businelle is the Co-Director of the HPRC and Director of the SCC mHealth Shared Resource. View information about the HPRC, the training program, and the mHealth Shared Resource here: https://otrc.stephensoncancercenter.org/).

The fellow will receive training in developing and testing automated smartphone-based Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAI) using our InsightTM mHealth Platform. InsightTM enables researchers to rapidly (i.e., within 1-2 weeks) create smartphone-based research studies that may include ecological momentary assessments and sensor data (i.e., activity monitor, mobile carbon monoxide monitor) to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of health risk behaviors and deliver context-specific adaptive interventions in real-time. The mHealth Shared Resource is currently staffed by 7 computer scientists/engineers and 4 additional staff members. To date, the mHealth Shared Resource has supported approximately 50 studies worth over $30 million in total costs, including 25 studies funded by the NIH.

The fellow will be highly involved in manuscript preparation (primary and secondary roles) using data from multiple completed and ongoing JITAIs that address smoking (i.e., Smart-T2, Smart-T3, Phoenix), alcohol use (i.e., Smart-T Alcohol), case management (i.e., Link2Care), anxiety/depression in cancer patients (i.e., Persist), and COVID-19 (i.e., Symptom Tracker). 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 mobile health research methods (see more here: https://otrc.stephensoncancercenter.org/Training).

Qualifications include a doctoral degree in the behavioral sciences, public health, psychology, or other relevant area. Fellow duties are highly focused on writing (e.g., papers, grant applications), thus 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 excellent! 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 Derek-Matthesen@ouhsc.edu and include “Businelle” in the subject line.

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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.