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University of Utah Basic Science Investigator in Pediatric Cancer in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position/Rank Basic Science Investigator in Pediatric Cancer / Rank Dependent on Qualifications

Department 00857 - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin CY2022 or later


The Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah (U of U) School of Medicine, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ), have several immediate openings for a Basic Science Investigator in Pediatric Cancer. Selected candidates will have a tenure track appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, with a concurrent appointment as a lab investigator at HCI . The Department of Pediatrics, HCI and Primary Children’s Hospital ( PCH ) have collaborated to make a significant investment and strategic commitment to exploring Pediatric Cancer Areas of Excellence, with the goal of fostering a sustainable culture of discovery. In support of this collaboration, pediatric oncology research has been allotted significant space in the newly built Primary Children’s and Families’ Research Center at HCI . Pediatric Areas of Excellence of highest interest include cell therapy, cancer genetics, epigenetics, tumor modeling, and experimental therapeutics. Candidates whose cancer research interests are aligned with these fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Although the focus of this position is basic laboratory investigation, M.D. and D.O candidates will have the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary pediatric oncology clinic and/or management of the care of patients in the inpatient unit.

The Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is located at PCH , which is ranked by U.S. News among the top 20 programs in the nation\_oncology/. The program has focused expertise in Oncology, Hematology, Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, Population Sciences, Cancer Control, and Pediatric Cancer Genetics and sees over 220 newly diagnosed children annually. The Department of Pediatrics ranks among the top 15 Pediatric Departments in NIH funding and has a premier Research Enterprise providing infrastructure, faculty mentoring, and grant writing support. The U of U also has a robust biotechnology and venture commercialization program.

HCI is an NCI -designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network ( NCCN ), supporting and fostering a vibrant cancer research enterprise in a collegial environment. HCI has an outstanding history of academic achievement and impact and a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and service. Our integrated health system and HCI’s participation in the ORIEN network of leading cancer centers provide opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations in basic and translational laboratory-based cancer research, epidemiology and cancer biostatistics, as well as population-based studies of childhood cancers and outcomes. In addition, U of U Health and HCI are home to valuable shared resources, such as the Utah Population Database with more than 16 million records linking genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. U of U Health and HCI provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and services through exceptional core facilities (, including genomics/metabolomics/proteomics, a GMP -certified cell therapy and regenerative medicine facility, and a comprehensive biospecimen repository.

Qualified candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O. degree, and must have focused training in basic and/or translational science directly related to pediatric cancer. Qualified candidates at the Assistant Professor level should have a track record of innovative research and peer-reviewed publications of impact in the areas of cell therapy, cancer genetics, epigenetics, tumor modeling, and/or experimental therapeutics. Qualified candidates who additionally have an extensive track record, and an established history of extramural funding will be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Candidates who desire to participate in patient care, must also be Board Eligible/Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology Oncology.

A cover letter containing a description of professional experience and the names and contact information of three professional references; a curriculum vitae; a three-page research plan; and a description (up to 1 page) of contributions and plans related to equity, diversity and inclusion – must be submitted at the time of application. Interested individuals can apply for the position at: For additional information about the position, please contact Michael Pulsipher M.D. at

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. HCI is committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture. Learn more about HCI’s commitments at

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

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

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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if 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 from URS are 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 09/28/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02767F

Type Faculty