Leader of the Population Science & Cancer Control Research Program in the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is seeking a mid- or senior career faculty member to lead our dynamic Population Sciences and Cancer Control Program.
This role will be an exciting opportunity to build on the program’s aims to: identify and evaluate biomarkers to assess cancer risk, detect it early, and predict progression; identify multi-level factors associated with cancer prevention and outcomes; and develop and test interventions to improve implementation of evidence-based cancer prevention and control services.
We are particularly interested in applicants with innovative, independent, and collaborative research programs in biomarker validation, obesity and metabolic syndrome, molecular/cancer epidemiology, and cancer care delivery across the cancer control continuum. Applicants should hold a terminal degree (PhD or MD) in behavioral or biological science, bioinformatics or biostatistics, communications, epidemiology, health services, psychology, public health, or medicine. Appointment rank will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.
Population Science and Cancer Control is one of five research programs in the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, which received NCI designation in 2010 and achieved Comprehensive status in 2015. The Program has 26 members from diverse disciplines (social and behavioral sciences, economics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, implementation science, outcomes/health services) and receives annual peer-reviewed funding of $4.5 million in direct costs. The Program has established research portfolios in cancer care delivery research in safety-net healthcare settings and cancer screening, cancer survivorship, and dissemination and implementation research. Members are highly collaborative, with several multi-investigator awards.
We focus on reducing disparities and promoting equity within our culturally rich environment that has Dallas ranked number 4 in diversity among U.S. cities. The 7.8 million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex reside in 13 counties across 9,000 square miles. Close to 20% if the population are foreign born, speak Spanish only, and lack health insurance. The entire DFW Metroplex population is 29% Hispanic and 16% African American and, within Dallas County alone, 41% of residents are Hispanic and 26% are African American. UT Southwestern’s new School of Public Health has received a $100M foundational gift from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Foundation to grow population research, practice, and training. The O’Donnell School of Public Health, the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and UT Southwestern clinical departments will enjoy a close partnership in addressing cancer-related challenges and opportunities in our catchment area.
UT Southwestern offers an outstanding collaborative environment for research with world-class basic science and clinical colleagues, excellent benefits, and competitive salaries. Attractive start-up funds are available commensurate with rank and record. Faculty will be eligible to apply for grants from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the second-largest cancer research funding agency in the US. CPRIT also provides competitive faculty recruitment awards for investigators new to Texas.
Qualified candidates should apply online and upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status. To learn more, please visit: https://jobs.utsouthwestern.edu/why-work-here/diversity-inclusion