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Postdoctoral Fellow
Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date Posted 02/15/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Description:


The postdoctoral fellow will be an essential collaborator in our newly funded strategically focused research network (SFRN) of the American Heart Association with a focus on Disparities in Cardio-Oncology. MCW is one of four sites nationally. The successful applicant will cross train on two of the three projects of this center grant and have opportunities to interact with other sites of the SFRN. The center consists of a population science project, clinical project, and basic science project. Existing expertise in at least one of the focalfollowing focus areas is desired: population science, human physiology, behavioral interventions,cardiovascular OMICs, data science.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc 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.

goals are to:

Goal 1. Quantify physiological and molecular differences in inflammation and endothelial function before and following CTx among Bl/AA vs. NHW BC patients receiving CTx.

Goal 2. Test the feasibility and efficacy of an exercise intervention designed to mitigate the adverse effects of CTx.

Goal 3. Examine the influence of socio-ecological factors (individual, interpersonal, systemic, environmental) on inflammation, microvascular endothelial function, QoL and response to the exercise intervention.

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We aim to implement a rigorous transdisciplinary post-doctoral training program designed to develop future investigative leaders to work at the intersection of cancer, cancer therapy, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and health disparities/health equity. Our program emphasizes the principles of collaboration, innovation, rigor and reproducibility, and appreciation for the social determinants of health, health disparities and cultural humility. Each trainee will gain meaningful knowledge, skills and experience, forming a strong foundation on which to build a career trajectory leading to independence in cardiology/cancer and disparities research. Our curriculum and SFRN project engagement will ensure that 

each fellow is exposed to the spectrum of investigative approaches including molecular biology and proteomics physiological assessments population health, disparities, and community engagement. A highly focused research project will provide the opportunity for the fellow to develop deep expertise in one or two of these areas. Mentoring teams will provide expertise, support, and connections among projects and with other SFRN centers. Our network is committed to bringing together diverse teams and creating an environment of belonging and inclusive excellence. The overarching goal of this center is to define the impact of cancer therapy on the human circulatory system, with a focus on racial disparities. Specifically, we address the role that socioeconomic and environmental factors play in modulating exercise capacity, quality of life, endothelial function, and molecular cardiovascular risk profile among women with non-metastatic breast cancer currently undergoing chemotherapy. A clinical trial will be conducted to determine whether exercise has beneficial effects in reducing vascular toxicity. We aim to capture the molecular and physiological correlates of cancer treatment toxicity in the blood and microcirculation as a potential means of predicting advantageous and adverse effects of treatment.  Our focus will be on non-Hispanic black and white populations in Milwaukee and Chicago using geospatial approaches to identify and characterize high stress environments.


In order of importance

  • Engage in all SFRN training activities: core curriculum, mentored research experience, professional development and community engagement.
  • Contribute to design and execution  of  focused research study grounded in the existing center projects.
  • Collaborate with a transdisciplinary research team, community advisory board, and scientific advisory board.
  • Engage with human subjects; collect and analyze data from human subjects, including surveys, physiological assessments, and biological samples
  • Participate in center project meetings with principal investigator and research staff and implement study activities, as directed. methodologies
  • Prepare high quality manuscripts for submission to publication and research presentations for presentation at conferences.
  • Teach/train technicians and students.

    Perform other duties as assigned.

    Preferred Schedule:
    Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.

    Position Requirements:


    Minimum Required Education:               PhD in a scientific field or MD

    Minimum Required Experience:              Non

    Preferred Experience:    Previous experience with human subjects research, work in health disparities/health equity, community engagement racially diverse, vascular function and/or OMICs 

    Diversity and Inclusion

    The Medical College of Wisconsin defines diversity as a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of individual differences in an environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement. The diversity of MCW continues to be an important source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments.

    MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
    The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.


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