Assistant or Associate Professor in Cancer Biology

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POST DATE 9/9/2016
END DATE 2/2/2017

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Doctoral Degree


Position Overview
The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant professor or Associate professor level in Cancer Biology expected to begin as early as August 18, 2017

We are seeking applications from outstanding researchers with experience in basic cancer biology research directed towards understanding fundamental biological processes relevant to tumorigenesis and cancer progression using experimental approaches. The Department of Molecular Biosciences provides a highly interactive, multi-disciplinary research environment that includes successful researchers in cancer biology, cell and developmental biology, genetics and genomics biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, microbiology, and computational biology (

The University of Kansas has many excellent core facilities that enhance departmental research, for example: high-throughput screening, protein structural analysis, genomics, and microscopy. In addition, resources from our NCI-designated KU Cancer Center ( will be available to support cancer research. All scientists with successful, innovative research programs in the area of basic cancer biology are encouraged to apply.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see .

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in the biological sciences and at least two years of post-doctoral research experience. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level are expected to demonstrate potential for establishing an independent, externally-funded research program, and those at the Associate level must have an established and currently-funded program with clear potential for continuance. The successful candidate will also direct graduate student research and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the University. Women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description
Maintain an active and productive research program that includes:
1) applying for and obtaining external research funding,
2) publishing in scientific journals, and
3) presenting findings at professional conferences.

1) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biology.
2) Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
3) Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
4) Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.

1) Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.
2) Participate in professional service.
3) Participate in departmental meetings.

Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct,

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of doctoral and postdoctoral experiences in the letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity described in curriculum vita, (3) statements of research plans and teaching interests, and (4) information provided from three professional references:

1) PhD, or equivalent degree in the biological sciences or related area

2) At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience

3) Publications in highly-ranked journals, innovative research objectives that demonstrate potential for excellence in research

4) Commitment to teaching courses in the life sciences, as evidenced by educational background and statement of teaching philosophy

PLEASE NOTE: For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, all of the above are required. In addition, the individual must have an established record of funding, hold an active extramural grant, and be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching. The candidate must meet KU standards for research, teaching, and service sufficient to qualify for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application includes the following materials: a cover letter, CV, statement of current research achievements and future research plans, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Initial review of applications will begin November 2, 2016 and will continue as long as required to identify a qualified pool.
Informal inquiries can be directed to Ms. Linda Wiley at

Contact Information to Applicants
Ms. Linda Wiley
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
3037 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-4631

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with education and experience

Strategic Initiative
Strategic Initiative #2: Promotion Well-Being, Finding Cures

Additional Strategic Initiative(s)
Strategic Initiative #4: Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge

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