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Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. NCI designation means our research has undergone a rigorous review and meets the highest standards for quality research. Research conducted every day by our employees.

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Education and Training Opportunities for Students

Research at Moffitt emphasizes translating basic and population science into improved diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic advances. Research activities are focused around five programs: Cancer Biology & Evolution; Immunology; Chemical Biology & Molecular Medicine; Cancer Epidemiology and Health Outcomes & Behavior. There are numerous areas of opportunity within research including:

Laboratory Research

Laboratory Research (wet)

As a research scientist, research assistant, or research associate, you’ll engage in bench research in state-of-the-art facilities in labs led by well-known cancer-focused scientists in the areas of biology, chemistry, structural biology, and immunology.

Laboratory Research (dry)

As an applied research scientist, research assistant, or research coordinator, you’ll work with well-known cancer-focused scientists on population-based and prevention-based research in areas including epidemiology, quality of life, health disparities and behavioral oncology.

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Contribute to the advancement of science using your statistical and analytic expertise as a biostatistician, applied research scientist or core staff scientist.

Training and Support

Postdoctoral Training Program

Our training program was designed to advance the careers of promising scholars who are interested in sharing our mission. Effective mentoring by our faculty and access to cutting-edge research facilities are part of Moffitt’s collaborative, interdisciplinary environment that prepares produce strong, successful candidates for research positions throughout the scientific community.

Shared Resources & Laboratory Support

Moffitt supports over 14 shared resources, or cores. The highly skilled staff including core staff scientists, research associates and research assistants provide vital services to Moffitt’s investigators by providing access to the latest technology at reasonable costs. Research Support Services provides service and consultation, training and interpretation of safety regulations and standards for research operations. Their team members include facilities coordinators, health and safety specialists and glasswash assistants.

Research Administration

Serve our renowned researchers in a variety of positions in various departments.

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) supports researchers in their efforts to obtain and manage federal, state, and other agency financial assistance awards for their research. The staff handles the submission of grant proposals and negotiation and receipt of awards for the Moffitt Research Institute.

The Grant Support function is handled by a team providing the investigator with a grant administrator and a research financial analyst to develop the budget, prepare grant proposals and monitor expenditures for awards.

Clinical Research Support

Clinical Trial Contracting staff develop budgets and negotiate contracts related to clinical trials.

The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) provides support to Moffitt’s multidisciplinary clinical programs and the Moffitt Screening Center. The CTO employs research nurses, clinical trial coordinators, research data specialists and regulatory specialists to support clinical trials. The staff works together as a team to support physicians-scientists.

The Protocol Support Office (PSO) staff, consisting of protocol analysts and committee coordinators, serve to assist Moffitt investigators with the efficient and accurate processing of research protocols, including scientific review, review of serious adverse events, data and safety monitoring and administration of OnCore, Moffitt’s Clinical Trials Data Management system.

The cancer center’s culture and organizational structure underscore a basic value: collaboration and inter-disciplinary teamwork. The size of the center, its singular focus on cancer and the close interaction and outreach with academic partners and caregivers throughout the state, nation and world, all contribute to the rich, collegial and collaborative environment required to perform outstanding cancer research.

Research Careers