University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Assistant Professor



Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin TBD Based on Candidate


The Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah invite applications for a faculty positions at the Assistant Professor rank, Tenure Track. We are seeking genetic/molecular epidemiologists with a strong research program in cancer.

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is anNCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), supporting and fostering a vibrant research enterprise in a highly collegial environment.HCIhas a strong history of academic achievement and impact as well as a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching and service.HCIis undergoing a major expansion which includes a new research building, and seeks outstanding candidates for faculty positions at all levels and at all ranks in basic, translational, and population sciences cancer research. We seek researchers with interests in cancer prevention, treatment, or survivorship or in basic mechanistic studies in the genetics, biochemistry or biology of cancer as outlined below.

The new Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine drives health care transformation and aims to be a hub for education, investigation and expertise in health services, cost, quality,outcomes and health delivery systems research. The department provides methodological expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for population health scientists to pursue impact-driven research and allow clinical professionals to provide better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex health care delivery system.

HCIand the University are home to exceptional shared resources, including the Utah Population Database, with more than 16 million records linking genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Using this data, researchers have identified several major cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. Our integrated health system and our participation in theORIENnetwork of leading cancer centers, provide superb resources for multidisciplinary collaborations in translational/clinical epidemiology, cancer biostatistics and research design, genomics/metabolomics/proteomics resources, and biospecimen repository.

HCIand University of Utah Health provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and services through exceptional Core Facilities (see that enhance both discovery and translational science.

The University of Utah Department of Population Health Sciences offers and innovative graduate program for training PhD and MD/PhD students. For more information about the Department of Population Health Sciences, please visit:

HCIleadership has made a strategic commitment to develop disease-oriented research teams (DOTs) as a mechanism to enhance translational cancer. DOTs specialize in adult and pediatric cancer research in the following areas: Colon Cancer, Genitourinary and Hematologic Malignancies, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Melanoma, Neuro-Oncology, Pancreatic Cancer, Sarcoma, Upper Aero Digestive Tract (with existing strengths in lung cancer) and Women’s Cancers. Candidates whose cancer research interests are aligned with theHCIDOTs are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Candidates are encouraged to apply at the following link:

Cover letter may be addressed to: Dr. Cornelia Ulrich, Search Committee Member, Senior Director, Population Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, The University of Utah, 2000 Circle of Hope, Room 4165, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5550.

For questions regarding this position, please email: or call: (801) 587-2100.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


Cancer Control and Population Sciences:

We seek outstanding scientists in a number of areas including, but not limited to: cancer prevention (including behavioral interventions), cancer epidemiology, with emphasis on molecular/clinical epidemiology or genetic epidemiology, cancer survivorship, exercise and cancer, health outcomes, and risk communication. We are looking for collaborative and engaged colleagues who are interested in advancing their career through interdisciplinary team science.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for Assistant Professor are expected to hold a PhD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), have received appropriate postdoctoral training and to have a track record of impact and research productivity.

HCIparticularly encourages and welcomes applications from physician-scientists across the continuum of cancer research. Highly competitive recruitment packages are available with appointment and rank in an academic department at the University of Utah determined by the applicants’ qualifications.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSare subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 05/16/2017

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01731F

Type Faculty