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Post Doctoral Associate
Job Number: 2016-26572
Category: Post Doc
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: SCHOOL
Department: School - Surgery - W824000
Salary Grade: 86
Union Code: Non Union Position-W63-Residents/Post Docs
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Feb. 16, 2016


We are accepting applications for the Mark Kusek Colorectal Cancer Research Fellowship, a funded position in our Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 


We will provide a comprehensive research experience for a motivated, focused, and driven young surgeon who has a strong interest in pursuing a career in colon and rectal surgery. There will be significant opportunity for active participation in clinical trials, outcomes research, quality improvement programs, as well as translational research protocols, including a novel humanized mouse model of colorectal cancer. Through collaboration with the UMASS Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research (SOAR) group and the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, exposure to advanced statistical analysis and large database research will be available. Interest in technology and media is advantageous. There will be several opportunities for presentations at national and regional meetings throughout the year.

UMASS is a major academic tertiary regional referral center in Worcester, MA—less than a one-hour drive from Boston. We are a 5-physician colorectal-only academic practice. We are a dynamic, team-oriented group with a diverse and vibrant colorectal practice. We have a clinical focus on minimally invasive techniques for colorectal cancer, including robotics, transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME), and endoluminal colonic stenting. There will be significant opportunity to work on projects alongside our general surgery residents and clinical fellow in Colon & Rectal surgery. We are eager to mentor a research fellow who has promise for a successful career as a leader in academic surgery.

Our staff:
Justin Maykel, MD (Division Chief)
Jennifer Davids, MD (Research Fellowship Director)
Karim Alavi, MD, MPH (Clinical Fellowship Director; Director of Colorectal Research)
Paul Sturrock, MD
W. Brian Sweeney, MD

Start date is July 1, 2016.


We are seeking candidates who will have completed a minimum of two post-graduate training years in an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program by June 30, 2016. This includes recent general surgery residency graduates who are interested in pursuing an intensive research experience. The focus of the research will be related to novel treatment and approaches to colon and rectal cancer. The position can be either a one- or two-year commitment, depending on the candidate’s research goals.


Additional Information:

All interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation to Jennifer Davids, MD ( by March 15, 2016. Any inquiries regarding the position may also be directed to Dr. Davids either via telephone ((508)-334-8195) or email.

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