Associate/Full Professor-Cancer Biology

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites nominations and applications for an Associate/Full Professor faculty position in Cancer Research in the Department of Biological Sciences (tenure-track/tenured), while outstanding Assistant Professors with a strong research program and funding may be considered.  The primary area of research interest should focus on cancer biology with a preferred emphasis on cancers that disproportionately affect underrepresented populations. The successful candidate will be a talented faculty member who will collaborate in teams to cultivate and embrace excellence in teaching, research, and service in a predominantly Mexican-American community. Preference will be given to candidates whose research analyzes cancer samples and patient data to address health disparities in the majority Hispanic population within our border region. 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 Department of Biological Sciences offers two Ph.D. tracks (Bioscience and Ecology/Evolution) and has over 100 graduate students and over 2000 majors. The department 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. Biological sciences faculty maintain strong collaborative and programmatic ties with several other departments, including Psychology, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science.  Candidates’ research should have the potential for strong extramural funding. This position represents a unique opportunity for an outstanding individual to be a part of shaping/delivering an integrated curriculum and advancing scholarship in cancer research at UTEP, a research-intensive university. Appointment is commensurate with the applicant’s history of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and leadership. The start-up package is negotiable, and the anticipated appointment date is Fall 2021.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The recruited faculty member will: (1) work to implement and deliver a cancer-based curriculum using innovative teaching models that connect science to practice; (2) contribute to the department’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 Professor rank).

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. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic and more than 50% the first generation 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 has awarded about 133,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding $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 cancer biology or a related field from an accredited institution, with documented evidence of:

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

Minimum qualifications for appointment at the rank of associate professor include an extensive and continuing body of research published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Applicants eligible for the associate/full professor rank may be considered for leadership opportunities that are available or might become available within the College of Science.

Preference will be given to candidates at the Associate and Full Professor level but Assistant Professors positions will also be considered depending on the applicant pool. All applicants should have completed postdoctoral research, have a cancer-training background, and/or have experience in a U.S.-accredited school/college.

BENEFITS: The initial salary is competitive, based on qualifications and experience, and comes with excellent fringe benefits.  

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, 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 Dr. Renato Aguilera, Ph.D., the Chair of the Search Committee at raguilera@utep.edu/Phone number: 915-747-6852.

To apply, please visit https://www.utep.edu/employment.

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.

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.