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Translational Cancer Research - TRIUMPH Fellowship Program

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Position Description:

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center is a post-doctoral program providing unique training in clinical and translational research. Our goal is to recruit talented and productive young PhDs and help them to further develop through cutting-edge research projects and structured programmatic enrichment such as didactic course work, clinical rotations, and unique team-science mentorship. The comprehensive training and enrichment provided ensure postdocs have the skills, rigor of research, and experiences needed to pursue fruitful careers in clinical and/or translational cancer research. 

All fellow are fully funded and receive salary (according to NIH postdoc guidelines), fringe, employee health care benefits, and an annual travel stipend to present their research at conferences. This is a three-year training program. First year postdoctoral fellows participate in a series of didactic clinical course work and strategically matched clinical rotations, while pursuing research in a basic or translational research laboratory. Second and third year fellows are co-mentored by a basic science/translational scientist mentor and a physician/clinical scientist mentor on clinical/translational research projects. The expectation for our post-docs is that by the end of their 3-year training, they will have first authored at least 2 papers in high impact journals. Our multidisciplinary training program will award a certificate upon completion.

TRUMPH faculty lead research in a number of cancer research-related areas including cell and membrane biology, immunology and immunotherapy, biochemistry and pharmacology, cancer biology, therapeutics design, DNA damage and repair, RNA biology, cell signaling, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, imaging physics, and tumor microenvironment research. Our program faculty includes more than 30 of the top pioneers globally in cancer research. All are outstanding research faculty who have long histories of extramural funding and excellence in mentoring and training postdoctoral fellows. We are currently recruiting in all cancer-related research areas.

Additional information, including a full faculty listing, is available on our website:


  • Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. from a top graduate school program in any of the life sciences
  • Publications in top tier journals (must have at least 1 first author publication) 
  • Dedication to pursue translational cancer research
  • If the applicant is not a US citizen or permanent resident, he/she must be a valid US visa holder. If the applicant has a visa, it must be valid for the duration of the fellowship

To Apply:

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • PDF reprints of all first authored publications 
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters should be written on official letterhead and contain original signatures. They should be submitted by email from the referee’s institutional/organizational email account to 
  • A two-page essay describing your goals and dedication toward a career in clinical and translational cancer research (single-spaced, 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font) – please note that this is not intended to be a research statement.
  • Applications may be submitted to We are currently recruiting for 4-5 positions.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020


This post will be available until September 11, 2020 or until filled.

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