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The training program includes a stay of between 9 and 12 months at MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston.

  • On finalizing the research period, candidates may opt for a bridging contract of employment at MD Anderson Cancer Center Madrid.

  • The foundation is also offering postdoctoral contracts for researchers specializing in translational oncology.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Foundation Spain is inviting tenders for their training contracts for young researchers who wish to specialize in Clinical and Translational Oncology. “The objective is to provide candidates with multidisciplinary training, offering them the chance to participate in some of the most relevant research studies in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer”, states Dr. Juan Fernando Garcia, head of Anatomical Pathology and President of MD Anderson Foundation Spain Scientific Committee.

The candidates selected will form part of a fellowship program, an excellent complementary training opportunity. The training program includes a stay of between 9 and 12 months at MD Anderson Houston.

“Through these grants, we are seeking to attract young talent, thus encouraging highly-qualified professionals to join our staff”, says Dr. Garcia. So, candidates successfully completing the training periods will be proposed for a bridging contract of employment to join the hospital as new members of staff.

Requirements, documents to be presented and application deadline.

Applicants to the grant programs must hold a (Spanish MIR) specialization in Pathology, Oncology, Hematology, Surgery or Radiation Oncology. Specialty training or ‘MIR’ must have been completed after the year 2013. Furthermore, candidates must propose a training program associated with a research project related to any of the following priority areas of this invitation to tender: Molecular Translational Pathology and Cancer Therapy Research / Phase I Clinical Trials.

Researchers meeting these requirements can submit their applications no later than November 15 2015, accompanied by the following documents: Curriculum Vitae, a one-page letter of motivation laying out the candidate’s professional objectives, a letter of recommendation and a formal proposal for their research project. In the case of applicants requiring a USMLE Certificate for their stay in Houston, they must also submit a copy of the relevant certificate.

The candidate evaluation committee will also consider other merits, such as papers published as main author and abstracts, communications or presentations at congresses, forums and international meetings, and also the securing of other grants and scholarships and the relevance of these.

Evaluation of candidacies presented

The evaluation committee, made up of specialists from MD Anderson Houston and MD Anderson Madrid, will study each proposal. On completion of the deliberations, the center will announce the bases of the fellowship project to be carried out. To reach their decision, they will take into account the applicant’s academic and professional background, the objectives laid out and the characteristics of the research project proposed.

A committee comprising the director of investigation and the Managing Director of MD Anderson Foundation Spain, three members of the scientific committee at MD Anderson Madrid and a member of MD Anderson Houston Advisory Board will evaluate all applications.

Postdoctoral contracts for translational oncology researchers

Meanwhile, MD Anderson Foundation Spain is offering, for the period 2016-2017, postdoctoral contracts for translational oncology researchers specialized in Molecular and Cellular Biology. 

Candidates selected, who must have read their thesis after 2013, would join the current call for proposals in the field of translational research in cancer, preferably in the area of breast and gynecologic cancer. In the selection process, the competences and curricular merits of applicants will be evaluated.

Researchers interested in these positions should submit to MD Anderson Foundation Spain the following obligatory documentation: curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction as a summary of his/her career in research, two letters of reference and accreditation of his/her level of English to a minimum B2 level.