Associate Director of Population Sciences

Associate Director of Population Sciences

Associate Director of Population Sciences

Posting Date: 02/25/2022

Closing Date: 11/25/2022

Job Information/Description:

The Knight Cancer Institute, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, aims to be the workplace of choice nationally and internationally for individuals to reach their potential and perform the most innovative research, education, and care in service to our patients, students, workforce, and community. We inform our work by the needs and the input of our geographically and racially diverse state and strive for a mission-driven work environment; diverse in people and ideas, equitable in opportunities, and promoting a climate of respect and trust. We instill these principles throughout our workplace culture, clinical care, educational programs, community engagement, and research activities. We expect all Knight employees, faculty and staff, to support this aim and demonstrate these principles in daily interactions.

The Knight includes the Division of Oncological Science (DOS) that provides an academic home for cross-disciplinary cancer researchers that leverages team science and collaboration ( DOS consists of four sections representing research areas and scientific disciplines that support innovation and translation of discovery to impact cancer patients and the broader population we serve. The Cancer Population Science (CPS) section of DOS is committed to addressing the most challenging cancer prevention and control problems in populations with or at risk of cancer and across the translational continuum. CPS includes researchers interested in studying genetics, behaviors, and exposures at a population level that increase the risk of developing cancer and conducting cancer prevention and control intervention studies with individuals, communities, healthcare systems, and populations. CPS researchers collaborate with basic, clinical, and population health researchers. Co-location with other sections in DOS fosters dynamic collaborations. At the same time, shared resources across the Knight, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Office, and OHSU provide abundant access to state-of-the-art tools, approaches, and cohorts for innovative science.

The Associate Director (AD) of Population Sciences serves to develop and shape population science relevant to the mission of the Knight Cancer Institute. The AD is part of the Knight senior leadership team of esteemed scientists and oversees the strategic vision of the Knight’s population science research programs. This comprehensive vision for population-based research in cancer builds on the Knight’s existing strengths and advances the overall mission of the Knight. Exciting research areas rich for collaboration include cancer and aging, cancer and the microbiome, cancer symptom science, digital technology, and eHealth. Areas of potential growth include adding faculty with expertise in epidemiology, genetics, behavioral science, implementation science, and community-engaged research. Research with underserved populations, particularly Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native, is also a focused development area.

The AD will promote securing multi-investigator grants and identify and develop resources to advance cancer prevention and control research. To achieve this vision, the AD will partner closely with the co-leaders of the Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program and the AD for Community, Outreach, and Engagement (COE).

Established scientists or physician-scientists engaged in research in cancer prevention and control, including epidemiology, behavioral science, survivorship, health outcomes research, health disparities, and implementation science, are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

Faculty candidates (PhD, DrPH, MD, or MD/PhD) must:

1) Be at the Associate level or higher with appropriate post-doctoral training or experience in an area of cancer population sciences. MD candidates who wish to practice must be board-certified and eligible to practice in Oregon.
2) Must have an established track record of scientific accomplishments with extramural peer-reviewed funding or senior experience in governmental or other agencies focused on cancer population sciences.
3) Must have demonstrated administrative and leadership experience.
4) Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Ideal candidates will possess exceptional leadership skills, the ability to secure national cancer research grants, and a track record of developing successful multidisciplinary teams. A strong appreciation for team science and experience fostering research across basic, clinical, and population research programs is highly desirable. This role does not carry a separate, specific FTE, but is compensated by a stipend that can be used as compensation or to further build the researcher’s program.

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