Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Announcement 2016 – 2018

Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science is currently not accepting applications for the Postdoctoral Research Associate Position. If you have any question, please contact Rachel Lawley at

The postdoctoral research fellowship at the Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (GSU TCORS) is a high-profile opportunity in the growing field of tobacco regulatory science. The GSU TCORS is seeking postdoctoral research associates interested in conducting research related to tobacco use patterns and the perceptions of risk around traditional and new products as well as developing and testing communications to accurately portray the risks associated with electronic nicotine delivery systems and other tobacco products.  The goal of the postdoctoral fellowship is to prepare participants for active roles in regulatory science in academic setting, government agencies or private organizations.  The positions are located in vibrant downtown Atlanta, a city known as the heart of public health. Urban Atlanta offers affordable quality of life in a mild climate. In addition to competitive salary and full benefits, the fellowship offers a mentored research experience, training in grant writing and manuscript development, and a generous travel/training budget.

Program Details

The goal of the GSU Tobacco Regulatory Science postdoctoral training program is to prepare participants for active roles in regulatory science in academic setting, government agencies or private organizations. The program aims to develop the next generation of transdisciplinary tobacco control researchers through a mentored research experience focusing on communications, social, behavioral, economic, and legal forces that shape the actions of individuals especially with regard to traditional and novel/alternative tobacco products. Fellows are matched with two mentors to support their research and professional development. The program supports postdoctoral trainees to obtain specific training, attend conferences and engage with relevant research and regulatory institutions. In addition, the fellow will be able to apply for independent research funds through the GSU TCORS Awards Core.


A curriculum and course of research is developed for each individual and provides opportunities for training and education via

  • Grant writing course and support
  • Tobacco Regulatory Science Journal Club
  • Tobacco Regulatory Science Seminar Series to engage with guest tobacco control experts
  • Manuscript Writing Workshops and individual support from writing pros
  • Graduate level courses across the University (economics, criminology, public health, etc.)
  • National TCORS conferences
  • Opportunities to attend other national conferences and external trainings

Current TCORS Research

The GSU TCORS collects and analyzes nationally representative survey data about the use of and perceptions of risk related to both traditional and novel tobacco products. The research team also collects data through focus groups and key informant interviews.  Please see the research pages on the TCORS website for more details about the ongoing research and the investigators.

Mentors: Fellows are matched with two mentors to support their research and professional development.

Location: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Dates: Positions currently funded through August 31, 2018. Positions will be open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Requirements: Applicants must have completed their PhD or other equivalent terminal degree, including JD and MD, prior to entering the program.

Compensation: The Postdoctoral Research position offers a competitive salary and benefits, and the program provides a generous travel/training budget for each Postdoctoral trainee.

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made as applications are received. Please submit your application with the following to Rachel Lawley by email:

  1. Application Form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Official transcript(s) from your terminal degree program(s)
  4. Personal Statement: up to two-page (single spaced, 1 inch margins) including a synopsis of research interests, proposed work, and career objectives related to tobacco control/regulatory science
  5. Three letters of recommendations (including one from dissertation advisor or equivalent).

Contact Person

Rachel Lawley, Assistant Director of Research Training and Education
Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science
Georgia State University School of Public Health
140 Decatur St. Atlanta, GA 30302