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Research Faculty - Translational Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, & Drug Discovery

Virginia Commonwealth University
Ampthill, VA
Closing date
Apr 22, 2024

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Research Faculty - Translational Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, & Drug Discovery

Massey Cancer Center

Richmond, VA

Chief Purpose of this position:

The Massey Cancer Center welcomes applications for several tenure-eligible faculty positions. We are seeking faculty members who are conducting impactful studies with research interests in the cancer field. Preference will be given to those focusing on translational oncology, immuno-oncology & drug discovery including medicinal chemistry and structural biology. The faculty will also support the department with teaching responsibilities at the graduate level and mentoring students and/or trainees as appropriate.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a premier urban, public research university with a diverse student body and both research-intensive and community-engaged designations from the Carnegie Foundation. Located in historic Richmond, Virginia, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students on two campuses.

The mission of the School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the School seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, it is our mission to develop more effective health care practices to address the needs of the diverse populations we serve, and to provide distinguished leadership in the advancement of medicine and science.

VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 69 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America's cancer research efforts. Working with all cancer types, Massey conducts basic science, translational, clinical and prevention and control cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments, and promotes cancer education and training. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It offers one of the largest selections of cancer clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients at multiple sites throughout the state.

The mission of the Massey Cancer Center is to reduce the state cancer burden for all Virginians by addressing the confluence between biological, social, and policy drivers through high-impact, cutting-edge research; person-centered care across the continuum, from prevention through survivorship; community integration; and training the next generation of community-centric researchers and healthcare professionals.

Position Responsibilities:


The faculty member shares a deep commitment to effective instruction, creation of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. They demonstrate leadership in developing techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests, especially in the context of interdisciplinary research interests that complement the program. The faculty member will contribute to the teaching mission and will be engaged in training of students and faculty and will deliver lectures, contribute to course development and implementation in the identified department. In addition, the faculty member will mentor capstone projects of master-level students and supervise dissertation research.


Contribute to VCU's national reputation through research and scholarship (extramural funding, high quality publications, citations, and national recognition through honorific awards and committee leadership) and maintain active involvement in appropriate national or international organizations and bodies. Publish in peer-reviewed journals and submit grant applications for extramural funding in the field of translational oncology, immuno-oncology, and/or drug discovery including medicinal chemistry and structural biology. It is expected that the faculty member will establish and maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research laboratory.

The faculty member is expected to direct the research lab and comply with all regulatory requirements. They supervise laboratory personnel, write and submit multiple grant applications during the course of the academic year; write and publish multiple manuscripts during the course of an academic year. They serve as a PI on peer-reviewed grants and are responsible for complying with all institution and sponsors terms and conditions for grant funding.

The member will participate in Massey Cancer Center Core Grant application preparation as needed, this includes providing updates on active research, grants and publications. They participate and engage with other members of the Massey Cancer Center in cancer center activities and in collaborative research projects.


Faculty members will serve on Departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field (e.g., reviewer, conference organizer, etc.)

Required Qualifications:

* PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degree basic, translational, or clinical sciences
* Extensive cancer relevant research experience
* Proven extramural funding track record
* Extensive publication experience
* Proven trainee and faculty mentorship skills
* Track record working in multi-disciplinary fields
* Experience in, and coordination of, collaborative grants and managing trans-disciplinary research
* Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience working in a matrix environment within academic medicine
* Proven success in collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams

Position Type: Teaching & Research Faculty

Full time equivalent: 100%

Tenure: Open

Rank: Open

Months: 12

Department: Massey Cancer Center

Salary: Commensurate with experience

ORP eligible: Yes

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