Research Associates

Rewarding Work with an Interdisciplinary Team

The THANC Foundation’s Research Associates interact with an interdisciplinary team of doctors and scientists to write and publish scientific papers and posters. They have presented their work to a variety of head & neck and thyroid-related conferences and have published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including Laryngoscope, Thyroid, Head & Neck, and JAMA Otolaryngology. Research Associates follow patients throughout their entire clinical course. Under direct supervision, they assist with collecting data for clinical studies.

If you are interested in applying for this position, we will be accepting applications in November. Please check back later.

medical staff reviewing a patient record

Working Together to Push the Needle Forward


Research Associates work together on many levels to gain professional team experience by leading the development of many patient education initiatives. Currently, the THANC Foundation fosters a nationwide thyroid cancer database system and recently launched an educational website for head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers.


Research Associates spend one day per week observing thyroid and head and neck surgery in the operating room. They develop an understanding of the role of surgery in the treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer patients, as well as how medical professionals from different specialties work together on patient care from diagnosis to treatment and ultimately to rehabilitation.


This is a full-time position with a required two-year commitment. Research Associates must hold a bachelor’s degree and have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Applicants should have a robust scientific background and previous experience in a clinical environment is desired as well. Applicants must have completed the MCAT before their start date.

Application Process for 2023 is now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2023. Please come back soon. Registration will re-open in November 2023 for the 2024 season!

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