Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Cancer biology training

Postdoctoral training in cancer biology

VCU Massey Cancer Center offers fellowship positions for qualified postdoctoral applicants through a training program in cancer biology funded by the National Cancer Institute Training Grant (T32) in Cancer Biology. The objective of the postdoctoral training program in cancer biology is to provide an integrated educational experience that prepares fellows for successful independent research careers in the area of cancer biology. A unique feature of this program is its emphasis on basic research within the context of existing interdisciplinary programs that are integrated through VCU Massey Cancer Center.

An application for appointment, letters of recommendation from faculty members intimately knowledgeable about the candidate’s research, including the thesis adviser, and graduate and undergraduate transcripts are required. Fellows must have received their M.D. or Ph.D. or have successfully defended the thesis prior to their entry into the program.

Preference in review

In accordance with the goals of this training grant and the peer-review criteria used by the NIH to rank T32 grant applications, preference will be given to applicants:

  • With a track record of accomplishment in research, with preference for cancer-related research background
  • Judged to have the commitment and potential to develop a career as an independent cancer researcher, and
  • Whose predoctoral training was received from an institution other than VCU

Application and required documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement describing the candidate’s research career goals and plans for achievement of these goals
  • Graduate school transcript(s)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship/residency
  • Letters of recommendation from three faculty members knowledgeable about the candidate’s research interests and history

If the candidate’s research mentor has been identified:

  • a description of the research project proposed for the candidate and the estimated time frame for completion of the project
  • composition of the mentor’s laboratory in terms of other postdoctoral fellows, students and technicians
  • the mentor’s current and pending grant support.

Note: The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the U.S., owes permanent allegiance to the U.S. They are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence must be in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551) or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status.

Questions and the completed application package should be directed to:

Kate Webster, CRA
VCU Massey Cancer Center
P.O. Box 980037
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0037
Phone: (804) 628-1816
kcwebster@vcu.edu