Post-Doctoral Training Opportunity in Tobacco Regulatory Science

The University of Southern California Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS) is recruiting post-doctoral scholars.  Scholars will receive training and become immersed in research designed to inform FDA regulations that prevent adolescents and young adults from e-cigarette, oral nicotine, and other tobacco product use and addiction. 

Scholars will join one or more research project teams:
Project 1) National surveillance surveys in US 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students

Project 2) Longitudinal cohort survey research in adolescence and young adulthood
Project 3) Appeal and addiction liability clinical research in young adults that use tobacco Project 4) Social media web analysis and youth marketing exposure experiments

Description:  Trainees will receive individualized mentorship from one or more USC TCORS faculty investigators matched to their interests and needs.  In addition to working on one of the four USC TCORS research projects, post-doctoral scholars will be encouraged to apply for internal pilot research grants to support their own independent research. Scholars will have considerable opportunity to enhance their scientific writing skills in the context of authoring and co-authoring papers and writing grant proposals. These positions offer a unique opportunity to join the national network of tobacco regulatory scientists across the seven funded TCORSs, FDA Center for Tobacco Products, and NIH Office of Disease Prevention.  Virtually all previous scholars who completed post-doctoral training at USC TCORS obtained positions as faculty at universities or as scientist or administrators at FDA or NIH. 

Required Qualifications:  Applicants must hold a doctoral degree from an accredited institution.  Applicants can be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.  

Application Deadline:  On a rolling basis.
Start Date:  Spring, summer, or fall 2024.

To Apply:  Please email application materials to with a cc to

Required Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest speaking directly to qualifications, professional activities, research interests and accomplishments. The letter should specifically address the relevance of the candidate’s background; goals for the training program; and potential research projects they are interested in.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2 Letters of recommendation to be sent directly from recommenders.

For more information, please contact Delia Beck,