Women’s cancer research jobs and resources

10/5/2018 2:05:27 PM

During October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people all across the country are donning their finest pink attire and lacing up their sneakers to participate in races for the cure. These events spread awareness of the importance of early-cancer screenings, build community support and raise needed funds for research. At the ASBMB, we join these efforts by sharing a collection of our members’ personal stories and research advances in breast cancer. (And, ICYMI, last month we observed another important health observance related to women’s cancer. See the health observances webpage for information related to National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.) We are proud to support our members who are leading the way in women’s cancer research. This week on the careers blog, we looked more into research funding and job opportunities related to women’s cancer research for those of you also considering such a career path.   

Research grants and fellowships  

To identify research grant and fellowship opportunities, we searched through the websites of top funders of women’s cancer research. Additionally, we reviewed recent press releases for other foundations working in this funding landscape. This list definitely is not all inclusive. You can further find opportunities by doing a little more research to identify which organizations are most active in cancer-research initiatives (e.g., review the websites of the organizations below for sponsors and collaborating partners).  

  • The American Cancer Society awards postdoctoral fellowships to recent Ph.D. graduates who are starting to train for independent careers in any area of cancer research. Funding is provided for three years with a progressive stipend. The next application deadline is Oct. 15.

  • The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer is accepting applications for its scientific scholar award program that provides two years of funding for postdoctoral or early-career scientists (both U.S. and international applicants). The application deadline is Dec. 3.

  • The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation provides a number of small grants in areas that include research and community outreach. The application deadline is Dec. 14.

  • Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test invites applications on a rolling basis for pilot projects focused on improving the early detection of breast cancer, especially biologically or immunologically based tests. The next round of proposals is due Dec. 15.

  • The Susan G. Komen charity offers a number of research grants, including graduate training in disparities research, postdoctoral fellowships and career-catalyst research awards. Review the website for more details and to stay updated on when funding announcements are posted.

  • The Foundation for Women’s Cancer awards a number of women’s cancer research grants and postdoctoral fellowships. Most application due dates have passed for this year, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year and create a grant-planning calendar. Additionally, check out the award sponsors for ideas on potential employers who are active in this research area.

  • The DoD’s office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program funds research in many disease areas that include breast and ovarian cancers. Funding opportunities include early-career investigator and fellowship awards. Review the archived funding opportunities page to see what they fund. FYI, there is a current funding call in the breast cancer research program for breakthrough awards. Senior postdocs who are not eligible for the fellowship award are eligible to apply for level I and II awards. See the funding announcement for more details. The letter of intent is due Nov. 1 with an application deadline of Nov. 15. 

  • Previously, we covered career resources related to the National Cancer Institute in a post on shooting for a career in cancer research. Be sure to check that out for more information about NCI-funded research programs and other useful resources.

Weekly jobs roundup

Jobs were found for this week’s roundup by searching generic and cancer-research related job boards with combinations of keywords that included “cancer research” and women’s, gynecologic, breast or ovarian. There were lots of positions found. Here is just a small sampling.
  • The Indiana University School of Medicine is recruiting faculty to develop a breast cancer-focused research program in the areas of genomic medicine and precision health. Minimum qualifications include an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and demonstrated research excellence in the field of breast cancer research. The priority application deadline is Nov. 23.

  • The laboratory of Michael Birrer within the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center is hiring a postdoctoral researcher focused on the genomics of ovarian cancer. Projects range from biomarker identification for early-disease detection to the testing of novel therapeutics. No application deadline is provided. (Note: Contact information for the PI is provided in the post, and I recommend reaching out to see if this position is still open.)

  • The Functional and Chemical Genomics Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (Oklahoma City) has openings for several postdoctoral fellows. One position may be available in the lab of Magdalena Bieniasz to study the role of oncogenic drives in ovarian cancer progression and drug resistance. No application deadline is provided.

  • The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston) is searching for a research technician to perform research related to studying DNA damage response and differentiation control in mammary epithelial cells, with implications for understanding the molecular basis of breast cancer. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry. No application deadline is provided.

  • The Gayther Lab within the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) is hiring both a laboratory manager and research associate. The lab is focused on identifying genetic risk loci related to the development of ovarian, breast and prostate cancers. Both positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and three to five years of relevant lab experience. No application deadlines are provided.

  • The Susan G. Komen charity has several openings for positions that require a scientific background. Current jobs listed include a scientific programs manager and research grants manager. See the website for more details and qualifications. No application deadlines are provided.    

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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