Pre-Doctoral Training Position

Location | 2001 N Soto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Experience | PhD, MD, DDS, ScD, DrPH, PharmD

Pre-Doctoral Training Opportunities in Tobacco Regulatory Science

(Tobacco Policy Research)

Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2019

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine is accepting applications for the position of pre-doctoral scholars in the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS).  Tobacco Regulatory Science is an emerging field of applied research that has the overall goal of developing research evidence that will support the Food and Drug Administration in implementing the policies and regulations called for by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  Through our theme, the Intersection of Products with Populations, USC TCORS will conduct research on the use and health effects of specific e-cigarette products across populations. For additional background, see and


The up through two-year training program will have four core elements including required coursework, project immersion, research funding, and professional development and mentoring.  Trainees will be matched to one of the TCORS research projects and brought onto the project team.  The research will be an appropriate platform for identifying a dissertation project.  Trainees will be encouraged and supported to apply for the TCORS pilot research grants to enhance their ability to carry out independent research.  Trainees will also attend professional development seminars and receive individualized mentorship from members of the TCORS advisory groups matched to their interests and needs.  Upon completion of the training, fellows will be well positioned to be active participants and take on leadership roles in the future development and implementation of tobacco policies and tobacco control interventions.

Required Qualifications: Student enrolled in a full-time graduate program leading to a doctoral degree.  Trainees may come from diverse disciplines relevant to tobacco regulatory science, including, for example, the basic sciences, health behavior, psychology, sociology, pharmacy, epidemiology and law.

Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.


Required Qualifications:  This opportunity is for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in medical, biological, social, behavioral, and policy sciences.  Applicants must hold a PhD, MD, DDS, ScD, DrPH, PharmD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign institution.  Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.

Benefits of Training

  • Strong mentoring with USC TCORS Faculty
  • Opportunity to apply for pilot funding
  • Opportunity for immersion experience
  • Networking with experts from the FDA and NIH

Application Deadline:   April 1, 2019 for Fall semester    


To Apply:  Apply online at  If you encounter technical problems, please email all required materials to

Required Application Materials:


  1. Letter of interest speaking directly to qualifications, professional activities, research interests and accomplishments.  The letter should specifically address:  1) the relevance of the candidate’s background to tobacco regulatory science; goals for the training program; and potential research projects related to tobacco regulatory science.
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation


For more information about the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science or about this training opportunity, please contact: Kiana Rowshan,, 323-442-7253.

The University of Southern California's Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS) for Vulnerable Populations is one of 9 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science in the U.S. We were created to serve in the production of relevant scientific data to inform the regulatory decision making at the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products. Additionally, we are here to educate and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists.

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