The Center for Evolution and Cancer (CEC, at the University of California, San Francisco is seeking applicants for the Evolution and Cancer Fellowship to start in the Fall of 2012. This fellowship will involve the application of life history theory to three main areas of cancer biology:
  1. Life history evolution of somatic cells during neoplastic progression,
  2. Life history evolution of cancer cells during therapy and evolution of resistance
  3. Organism-level life history tradeoffs affecting cancer susceptibility


Successful candidates will have expertise in life history theory and a strong interest in the application of evolutionary and ecological theory to cancer biology.  We encourage applications from candidates with training and/or active interests in any of the following areas: theoretical biology, mathematical or computational modeling, cancer biology, human or social evolution, evolution of resistance, evolutionary medicine.


The Evolution and Cancer Fellow will work primarily with Dr. Athena Aktipis (, Director of Human and Social Evolution at the CEC and will be co-advised by Dr. Carlo Maley, Director of the CEC. Applicants should send a (1) Curriculum Vitae, (2) a letter of interest describing their training and relevant background and (3) contact information from three references willing to provide letters to with “Fellowship Application” in the title of the email.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.