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Applied Research I_Health Outcomes and Behavior

Job Description


Applied Research Scientist I

The Applied Research Scientist will be working closely with Dr. Tiffany L. Carson, Associate Member and George Edgecomb Scholar in Moffitt’s Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior.  Dr. Carson is an NIH-funded investigator with an active research portfolio involving multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research, primarily in cancer prevention and interception through lifestyle modification primarily focused on diet. Major areas of research focus on 1) behavioral weight loss interventions for underserved populations and 2) human gut microbiome studies to understand factors that influence the gut microbiome and associated health status/outcomes. More details about Dr. Carson’s research program are available at .  

The Applied Research Scientist will be responsible for helping to support and enhance the scholarly activities of the Carson Research Group. The Applied Research Scientist will independently initiate and lead scientific manuscripts. The Applied Research Scientist will also assist with developing sections of grant application in support of Dr. Carson’s research program. This non-tenure track position will have ample opportunities for authorship of peer-reviewed publications and other career-enhancing activities.

Position Highlights:

  • Writes and prepares manuscripts for a variety of research studies.
  • Generates scientific sections of grant applications with appropriate guidance, including preliminary data.
  • Manages the scientific advancement of multiple studies simultaneously.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience with human/population-level microbiome data is highly desired.
  • Understands the role of behaviors (e.g., diet, stress) in health outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • In-depth knowledge of how social/behavioral research is conducted.
  • A commitment to reproducible and open science workflows.
  • A critical, independent, and creative thinker.
  • A professional, personable, organized individual with research experience in the academic setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Grant writing experience is highly desired.


  • Participates in the planning, implementation and conduct of research projects in collaboration with the overseeing Investigator. This includes contribution to preparation of grants, clinical protocols, progress reports, scientific manuscripts, data analysis, and daily management activities.
  • Trains new staff and serves as a resource to other projects within the laboratory under the Investigator’s direction. May work individually or may have significant oversight over other less experienced research personnel.
  • Assists in planning and developing research projects within the laboratory under the Investigator’s direction.
  • Maintains research skills and acquires new ones as necessary.
  • Maintains membership and regularly attends appropriate professional associations, conferences, workshops, lectures, and seminars as supported by the overseeing Investigators. 
  • Maintains QA program, which includes maintaining familiarity with cutting-edge laboratory trends and techniques.

Credentials and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of an M.D. or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, math, internal medicine, machine learning or related field.
  • Postdoctoral experience preferred, but not required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Moffitt Cancer Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status. We seek candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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