Postdoctoral Research Fellows/Instructors

Dana-Farber Cancer Center
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 23, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Training in Oncology Population Sciences (TOPS) T32 program provides advanced education to physicians and/or scientists for the purpose of conducting research at the T3 and T4 interface to translate knowledge from the lab into practice and population health to reduce the burden of cancer. TOPS is part of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

​The need for translational research at the T3 and T4 interface stems from persistent disparities in cancer outcomes and implementation gaps between what is possible in the context of clinical trials and what happens in routine practice. The TOPS Program provides a focused educational experience each year in collaboration with more than 40 faculty from across the 7 institutions of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). TOPS fellows may select a mentor from any Harvard University affiliated faculty or school. TOPS program leaders will help applicants navigate these choices based on their interests and career objectives. Co-mentorship arrangements with faculty at MIT, Tufts, BU, U. Mass, Brandeis and other area faculty are also feasible.

The program will provide researchers who may also be clinicians (physicians, nurses, pharmacists) with the skills necessary to effectively address the challenges and opportunities brought about by the tremendous growth in the complexity of cancer care, precision medicine, electronic health records, mobile health, machine learning and data sharing.

The TOPS program has 3 specific strategies to achieve this overarching objective:

Training in core methods and skills necessary for investigation through coursework and participation in regular seminars, workshops and reading;

Intensive focus on a research project with close supervision from one or more mentors; and,

Training in professional skills that are prerequisite for investigation including project development, grant writing, presentation, building and working with diverse teams, running a dry-laboratory and the responsible conduct of research.

TOPS is most often a two-year program for participants, but may be shorter. The TOPS Program focuses exclusively on T3/T4, population sciences, and health services research.

TOPS Program participants will receive a stipend, tuition for coursework, a travel allowance, and a budget for research-related expenses.

TOPS participants are required to participate in all 3 components of the program: (1) Mentored research experience, (2) Didactic learning and coursework, including the Harvard Chan School of Public Health's Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness, and (3) Professional development, including participating in the TOPS seminar series.

Academic rank of Research Fellow or Instructor at Harvard Medical School will be commensurate with experience, training, and academic achievements.  Instructors are required to provide and document a minimum of 50 hours of teaching of Harvard learners per year.


To learn more about the TOPS T32 Postdoctoral Training program including a list of mentors, information about program alums, and more, please visit