Faculty Positions, Cancer Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM

Faculty Positions, Cancer Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology, The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, Albuquerque, NM

Posting Date: 03/21/2018

Job Information/Description:




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 are seeking population scientists with expertise in population-based molecular and/or genetic epidemiology to expand programmatic efforts in cancer control and population science in New Mexico. While these are open rank, tenure track positions, we seek highly interactive population scientists with active or developing externally funded research programs and a high degree of academic accomplishments. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across multiple scientific and clinical oncology disciplines. We are particularly seeking epidemiologists in the areas of genomics, epigenetics, gene-environment interactions, and genetic ancestry and genetic risk assessment. Numerous opportunities are available for translating laboratory-based approaches to improvements in screening, diagnosis and treatment of several cancers for which New Mexican’s suffer significant cancer health disparities, including cancers of the breast, gynecologic malignancies, hematologic malignancies, and cancers of the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and genitourinary systems. Preference will be given to candidates whose research incorporates biological specimens and employs and develops laboratory-based genetic/genomic measures of risk. Experience with collecting and integrating genomics/genetics, patient electronic health records and population-based research data to address health disparities is highly desirable. The UNMCCC has substantial opportunities for energetic multidisciplinary collaborations in a highly collegial environment with potential for growth; applicants may have a laboratory-based program and may utilize an extensive array of UNMCCC Shared Resources. The UNMCCC also houses or supports many additional registries and resources, including the NCI SEER New Mexico Tumor Registry, the New Mexico Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Registry, and the Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity. The UNMCCC is also a member of the ORIEN National Cancer Precision Medicine Network of NCI Cancer Centers engaged in cancer sequencing, precision oncology, data sharing, cancer clinical trials and collaborative research (http://oriencancer.org/). Significant resources, including excellent salaries, comprehensive start-up packages, and potential for an endowed position, are available.

Minimum Qualifications: 1) PhD in epidemiology or a related field; 2) Postdoctoral training in molecular or genetic epidemiology; 3) A track record of sustained scholarly achievement, including peer-reviewed funding and high-quality publications focused on cancer; and 4) Eligibility to work in the United States, (this is not a J-1 visa opportunity.) Preferred Qualifications: 1) Interest or expertise in cancer disparities research; 2) Expertise in primary data collection with human populations; 3) Laboratory–based genetic/genomic methods related to cancer in humans. 4) All outstanding candidates applying molecular or genetic epidemiologic methods to the study of cancer will be considered.  Successful candidates will have a joint appointment in a UNM School of Medicine Department and the UNMCCC.

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 FY17, 15% 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) with unparalleled computing and technology infrastructure enrich our research endeavors.  The UNMCCC is the center of a collaborative statewide cancer clinical trials and health delivery research network and is funded by 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/


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To apply and view the complete description, please access Req #3282 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 Chairs: Linda Cook Ph.D. (lcook@salud.unm.edu) or Cosette Wheeler PhD (CWheeler@salud.unm.edu) or Search Coordinator: Amanda Leigh (ALeigh@salud.unm.edu).

This position may be subject to criminal records screening in accordance with New Mexico law.  UNM’s confidential policy (Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment, UNM Board of Regents Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at https://policy.unm.edu/regents-policies/section-6/6-7.html.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

Application Link: https://unm.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=13&c=unm