Postdoctoral Research Associate

Location | Los Angeles, CA
Experience | 3 Years

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Tobacco Regulatory Research

University of Southern California

Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS)

Los Angeles, CA

The Department of Preventive Medicine is in search of a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct sophisticated social media monitoring and machine learning analyses relevant to tobacco regulatory science.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will serve as the expert on social media monitoring and machine learning on an FDA-funded grant to inform the FDA about trends in tobacco product marketing and use. The position involves planning, designing, and conducting highly technical and complex research projects to monitor and analyze social media messages about tobacco products, as well as developing innovative concepts, techniques, algorithms, and standards for the analysis of tobacco-related social media data.  The Senior Research Associate will conceptualize and conduct new analyses, interpret findings, and prepare reports for peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, and the funding agency.  The successful applicant will have a thorough knowledge of the FDA’s regulatory authority of tobacco products, current is current issues in tobacco regulatory science, health communication theory, social media monitoring, machine learning, computer programming in multiple languages, and advanced statistical analysis.

The applicant must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. (successful dissertation defense and submission) before beginning the position.

USC-TCORS is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student interested in the intersection of tobacco products with populations. USC-TCORS conducts research on the use and health effects of specific e-cigarette products across populations. The team studies e-cigarette product characteristics and marketing approaches hypothesized to increase tobacco product attraction, use, and addiction in youth and young adults. USC-TCORS is housed within the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Preventive Medicine, which administers a Ph.D. program in health behavior research.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible. To apply, please send a cover letter describing interest and fit with the position, CV, and contact information for three professional references to

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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