TCORS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University invites you to apply for a GSU TCORS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position. The GSU TCORS, located in Atlanta, GA and with research projects at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at RTI International, is one of 14 Centers established by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health to advance the science of tobacco regulation and use findings from research to inform regulatory policy.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Description

The 2-year GSU TCORS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship will provide academic and practical training in tobacco regulation science. The first year will consist of an academic program tailored to the background and interests of the Fellow. Course work and independent study will draw on pedagogical resources at Georgia State University, and can include (but not be limited to):

  • Epidemiologic and statistical methods (School of Public Health)
  • Legal basis for the US regulatory framework (College of Law)
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management (Robinson College of Business)
  • Health Policy (Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and School of Public Health)
  • Health Economics and Addiction Economics (Andrew Young School of Policy Studies)
  • Psychology of addiction (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Toxicology and bio-physiology of tobacco use (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Political Science (College of Arts and Sciences)

Applicants interested in courses and independent study at the University of Illinois at Chicago will also be considered.

Each Fellow will partner with a mentor from a department or discipline in which he/she wishes to focus and they will together devise a course of study for the first year of the program. The Fellows will draw on the mentoring resources of other Departments and disciplines as well, and a series of regular mentoring sessions (based on the British approach to individualized instruction from an area expert) will be arranged for the first year.  It is expected that each participant will co-author a publishable paper in regulatory science during the academic year.

The second (practicum) year will consist of rotations with agencies that are involved with tobacco regulatory science directly or provide technical support to regulatory agencies. These may include, but at not limited to: the Food and Drug Administration; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Congressional offices; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Energy; State and Local Health Departments; the Federal Bureau of Investigation [and their state congeners]; Foundations and other grant-giving organizations concerned with tobacco control and prevention; and appropriate Non-Governmental Organizations.  An advantage of the Atlanta area is that many of these agencies have a major presence and the program makes considerable use of the attendant synergies. Each participant will write summary reports based on their practicum experiences.   During this year, the Fellows will develop and seek funding for a major research project focused on regulatory science.

Program Eligibility

Scholars with a PhD or equivalent degree from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the GSU TCORS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, since the field draws from epidemiology, public health, law, social and behavioral science, laboratory science, and urban and rural studies. TCORS is especially receptive to persons who focus on target populations, and are concerned with the regulatory implications of disparities and inequalities. Prior relevant research and a strong commitment to a research program in regulatory science are desirable.

Candidate Instructions

Applications are being accepted now for August 2014 positions. Applicants should submit: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) all graduate or professional school transcripts, 3) a two-paged (single spaced, 1 inch margins) synopsis of research interest/proposed work and career plans related to tobacco control, and 4) three letters of recommendations (including one from dissertation advisory or equivalent). Please submit application by April 30, 2014.

For more information on the GSU TCORS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, contact Dr. Richard Rothenberg, GSU TCORS Research Training and Education Director at

Applications should be sent to:

Richard Rothenberg, PhD
Director of Training and Education Core
Phone: 404.413.1144