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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Cancer Research

University of Texas at El Paso, College of Science
El Paso, Texas
Competitive Salary Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Sep 27, 2023

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Field of specialization
Biological, Education, Pharmaceutical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The College of Science at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for an Assistant, Associate, or full Professor (tenure-track/tenured) in all areas of Cancer Research. Preference will be given to biomedical researchers working in disease models that represent disparities in our majority Hispanic population. Additional areas of preference include cancer pharmacoethnicity: pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic factors (Cancer metabolism); pharmacogenomic factors: genetic/epigenetic cancer susceptibility differences; pharmacoeconomic factors: role of healthcare access and quality drivers of early onset of cancers (Biomarkers); computational analysis and modeling; influence of obesity or obesity-associated metabolic changes/chronic metabolic diseases on the tumor microenvironment; drivers of chromosome instability among racial/ethnic populations; host response (such as microbe) or biological determinants; precision oncology; and new animal and cell culture models/systems development. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students and be a member of the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC). The College of Science boasts multiple state-of-the-art core facilities with full-time staff and BSL3/ABSL3 and small-animal (rodent) facilities. The core facilities include those focused on mass spectrometry, genomics, tissue culture and high-throughput drug screening, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics and biostatistics. Faculty in the college maintain strong collaborative and programmatic ties across multiple departments within and outside the college, including Psychology, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science. Candidates’ research should have the potential for strong extramural funding, and appointment will be considered in any department within the college that represents a strong fit with the candidate’s expertise. Appointment is commensurate with the applicant’s history of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and leadership. The start-up package is negotiable and contingent upon available funding, and the appointment is expected to begin Fall 2024.




RESPONSIBILITIES: The recruited faculty member will: (1) work to implement and deliver a curriculum using innovative teaching practices; (2) contribute to the department’s and college’s curriculum accreditation; (3) engage and mentor a culturally diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in research experiences; (4) communicate well across diverse faculty disciplines and student populations; (5) advance teaching and research skills through faculty development opportunities; (6) provide leadership through university, professional, scientific and/or community service; (7) demonstrate scholarly activity as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals; (8) develop and maintain a sustainable and extramurally-funded research program; (9) develop collaborations with established graduate programs at UTEP and neighboring institutions; and (10) mentor junior faculty members (for the Associate and full Professor ranks).




About UTEP and El Paso: The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. We advance discovery of public value and positively impact the health, culture, education, and economy of the community we serve. UTEP enrolls 24,000 students—eighty-four percent of whom are Hispanic, and half of whom are the first in their families to attend college.




The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.


The Paso del Norte region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding more than $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.


El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. 




For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues including Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.




REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in a biomedically-related field of sciences with an emphasis on Cancer Biology from an accredited institution, with documented evidence of:


  1. Success in collaborative scholarship, external funding, and/or publications; Evidence of successful teaching in a higher education institution; Ability to work effectively as a team with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; Involvement of students in research and/or publication opportunities; Service in their discipline/profession and at the university; and Mentoring of junior faculty (for the Associate and full Professor rank).

Minimum qualifications for appointment at the rank of Associate and full Professor include an extensive and continuing body of research published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Applicants eligible for the Associate Professor and full Professor ranks may be considered for leadership opportunities that are available or might become available within the School of Pharmacy.




BENEFITS: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


APPLICATION INFORMATION: Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter (indicating which rank you wish to be considered for), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research goals, 4) statement of teaching philosophy, and 5) contact information for at least three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Questions should be directed to the Chair of the search committee– Marc Cox, MSPH, PhD – at / Phone number: 915-747-5429.




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Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.




In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.




The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.


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