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Applied Research Scientist Position at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

News Date: Monday, September 18, 2023 - 16:45

My lab is currently hiring for an Applied Research Scientist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Please click here for full job description: Please reach out directly to me if you have any questions!


Applied Research Scientist I


At Moffitt Cancer Center, we come face-to-face with cancer every day, but we also see courage. And it inspires us to be the safest and best place for cancer care – to bring greater hope to every patient we serve. It’s why we’ve been continually named One of the Top Places to Work in the Tampa Bay Area. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt employs some of the best and brightest minds from around the world. Moffitt is the leading cancer hospital in both Florida and the Southeast and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Because working at Moffitt is both a career and a mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join a dedicated, diverse and inclusive team of over 7,000 to be a part of the Courageous future we envision.


The Applied Research Scientist I is a non-tenure track researcher in the Health Outcomes and Behavior department who serves as part of a research team under the direction of Dr. Christine Vinci. Dr. Vinci has NIH-funded research that focuses on cognitive and affective mechanisms (e.g., affect, affect regulation, expectancies) implicated in the development, maintenance, and treatment of cancer-risk behaviors. Much of her research is focused on mindfulness-based treatments, as these interventions can target mechanisms that are central to changing behaviors including smoking cessation, decreasing alcohol use, and reducing caregiver stress. The research program also makes use of current and emerging technology such as augmented reality, wearable devices, and machine learning. Dr. Vinci is part of Moffitt’s Tobacco Research & Intervention Program (TRIP). More information about Dr. Vinci’s research program can be found at


The Applied Research Scientist will be responsible for supporting Dr. Vinci’s ongoing research activities. These responsibilities broadly include assisting grant development and preparation, drafting manuscripts for peer-review submission, dissemination of research findings, and managing the scientific advancement of multiple studies. 


Position Highlights:

  • Writes and prepares manuscripts for a variety of research studies.
  • Generates scientific sections of grant applications with appropriate guidance, including preliminary data, and supports the development of budgets.
  • Contributes and pursues novel scientific ideas to the research team.
  • Works in a highly multi-disciplinary environment, interacting with a variety of different researchers.
  • Oversees the implementation of various grant-funded projects and staff.


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has experience with mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, addiction, smoking cessation, and/or a cancer caregiving population.
  • Has experience in social/behavioral research.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Strong data management and data analytic skills in a major analytic platform (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS).
  • A critical, independent, and creative thinker.
  • A professional, personable, organized individual with research experience in the academic setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to reproducible and open science workflows.



  • 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 a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to psychology, social work, behavioral oncology, or related field.
  • Postdoctoral experience is preferred, but not required.

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