Associate Director for Cancer Population Sciences, The University of New Mexico National Cancer Institute, Albuquerque, NMPosting Date: 10/22/2019
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR CANCER POPULATION SCIENCES
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER
AN ENDOWED CHAIR AND SENIOR LEADERSHIP ROLE
The University of New Mexico National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) and the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine at the UNM School of Medicine (UNM SOM), are seeking a distinguished national leader in cancer population sciences to serve as the new UNMCCC Associate Director for Cancer Population Sciences. We seek applicants with a sustained track record of outstanding scholarly achievement reflected in peer-reviewed funding (preferably NCI and NIH), high quality publications, and collaborative interdisciplinary research with a scientific focus in either cancer epidemiology, cancer prevention and control, health services research, behavioral intervention, or cancer health disparities. A distinguishing characteristic of the UNMCCC is the multiethnic, multicultural, rural, and underserved populations it serves in its catchment area – primarily Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and non-Hispanic White – with strikingly different patterns of cancer incidence, mortality, and disparity. The successful candidate will lead the UNMCCC mission in cancer population sciences by focusing on those cancers with high incidence and disparity in the New Mexico catchment area and translating discoveries to community interventions. Candidates must have interest and expertise in working with underserved and minority populations; strong leadership, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and the ability to develop and lead successful interdisciplinary collaborations. Holding the Carolyn R. Surface Endowed Chair in Cancer Population Sciences and joining the UNMCCC Senior Leadership Team and Executive Committee, the successful Associate Director will oversee the highly collaborative and vibrant Cancer Control & Cancer Disparities Research Program and facilitate its collaborations with other UNMCCC Research Programs and institutions; the Behavioral Measurement and Population Science Shared Resource; and the faculty and staff of the Office of Health Equity and Community Partnerships. Particularly exciting opportunities include collaborative biomedical research consortia with New Mexico’s Tribal Nations and extensive education and training programs for underrepresented minorities. Additional infrastructure and opportunities include: the NCI SEER-funded New Mexico Tumor Registry; the nation’s only prospective HPV/PAP Screening Registry; a developing Colorectal Cancer Screening Registry; the innovative Project ECHO™ (echo.unm.edu), a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers which center investigators are using to conduct cancer control, cancer care delivery research, and therapeutic and community interventions; the New Mexico NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NM NCORP: Minority/Underserved), a statewide cancer research and clinical trials network; and the NIEHS/USEPA-funded Center for Native Environmental Health Equity, the NIEHS/NIH/NCI-funded METALS Superfund Research and Training Center, and the Navajo Birth Cohort/Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes Program who are investigating the role of environmental exposures in our catchment area with cancer causation; and a NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Center. The UNMCCC is a member of the ORIEN National Cancer Precision Medicine Network (http://oriencancer.org/). The successful candidate will have a tenure track academic faculty position in the Department of Internal Medicine, membership in the UNMCCC, and will be provided significant resources, including an Endowed Chair, excellent salary, a comprehensive start-up package, and support to recruit additional faculty.
Minimum Qualifications: 1) Ph.D. or M.D. with graduate training in epidemiology, cancer control, behavioral sciences and intervention, or health services research; 2) A track record of sustained high quality scholarly achievement, including peer-reviewed funding, high-quality publications, and successful interdisciplinary collaborations; 3) Strong leadership, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; 4) Expertise in engagement with minority and underserved populations; and 5) Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Preferred Qualifications: 1) Sensitivity and culturally appropriate awareness of underserved populations; 2) Experience in training and mentoring students and faculty; 3) Experience in public health programs with experience/interest in clinical and community intervention and a commitment to disparities research; and 4) Expertise in leading interdisciplinary teams and successfully competing for multi-investigator programmatic grants.
The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. The 134 oncology physicians, 122 cancer research scientists, and staff are particularly focused on discovering the causes and the cures for cancers that disproportionately affect the people of the American Southwest – primarily Hispanic, American Indian, and Non-Hispanic White – with strikingly different patterns of cancer incidence, mortality and disparity. The Center treated 12,000 unique patients in FY18, 12% of whom participated in therapeutic interventional studies and 35% of whom participated in interventional studies. The UNMCCC has outstanding research programs in Cancer Control and Cancer Health Disparities; Cancer Genetics, Epigenetics, and Genomics; Cancer Cell and Systems Biology; and Cancer Therapeutics. These programs house several national centers including: The Molecular Discovery and High Throughput Target Screening Center (nmmlsc.health.unm.edu), one of the nation’s 6 Chemical Biology Consortium Centers of Excellence in The NCI NExT Program; The New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling (stmc.health.unm.edu), one of 13 NIH National Centers for Systems Biology; and a NIH Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Rich collaborations with UNMCCC partners (Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories; Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute) enrich our research endeavors. The UNMCCC has well-established Shared Resources for centralized biospecimen collection and tissue analysis, genomics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, cancer population science and behavioral interventions, and the conduct of clinical interventions. The UNMCCC is the center of a collaborative statewide cancer clinical trials and health delivery research network funded in part through a NCI NCORP Grant (Minority/Underserved) and is also a member of the ORIEN National Cancer Precision Medicine Network (http://oriencancer.org/). Center members have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Learn more at http://cancer.unm.edu/.
To apply and view the complete description, please access Req6959 at: https://unmjobs.unm.edu/. Complete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with mailing address, phone numbers and email address.
For all inquiries or questions, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Amanda Leigh at ([email protected])
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