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Postdoctoral position in Integrative Medicine for Cancer Survivors

Description of the position:
The Integrative Medicine Service (IMS) at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focuses on using research to inform evidence-based practice of complementary therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, or meditation, for people with cancer.

The laboratory of Dr. Jun J. Mao in the IMS is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to join a multi-disciplinary research team focused on clinical studies in symptom control after cancer. This is a full-time position for an individual interested in developing and implementing patient-oriented research projects that pertain to improving cancer survivorship. Currently, the lab is focused on the following research areas: 1) Comparative effectiveness trial of acupuncture for chronic pain in cancer survivors; 2) Acupuncture vs. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for insomnia in cancer survivors; and 3) Symptom distress and treatment adherence in breast cancer survivors. The research lab combines clinical trials, epidemiology, biomarkers, and mixed-methods research to understand both the mechanisms and effects of integrative medicine approaches for symptom management in cancer survivors. The postdoctoral research fellow will actively participate in funded studies led by senior faculty in order to gain expertise in all aspects of project development, grant writing, study implementation, data analyses, and manuscript writing. The fellow will receive guidance from senior faculty mentors in the development of independent research interests and grant proposals.


  • Doctorate in psychology, epidemiology, nursing, public health or a related behavioral/social sciences field
  • Strong work ethic and a commitment to becoming an independent scientist
  • Prior experience conducting clinical or community-based research related to cancer survivorship and symptom control
  • Background in epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Background or interest in investigating the biological correlates of symptom distress
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in spoken and written English


  • 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years
  • Stipends and benefits are highly competitive (based on training and years of experience) and subsidized housing is available for postdocs.

Application procedure:
Interested candidates should send a CV, including contact information for 3 letters of reference, and a short statement describing experience, goals and reasons for the interest in this position to: Dr. Jun J. Mao at