The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University (MSU), in association with the newly formed Center for Cancer Health Equity Research (CCHER), invites accomplished and innovative scientists to apply for three tenure-track faculty positions, open to all ranks. These positions will primarily focus on cancer research, with an emphasis on the molecular and biochemical mechanisms underlying cancer health disparities. One of these positions is as the Co-Director for CCHER. This role is reserved for an established investigator who will be instrumental in driving the Center's strategic direction and overseeing its research and funding initiatives. The other two positions are aimed at emerging scientists with a strong track record in cancer research, but more senior researchers with outstanding credentials in this area will also be considered. CCHER is a collaborative endeavor between MSU's Colleges of Natural Sciences, Human Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine, along with the Henry Ford Health System.
Successful candidates will:
Lead independent research on molecular or biochemical mechanisms of cancer, emphasizing health disparities.
Pursue and obtain external research funding to sustain their research program.
Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in related fields.
Participate in service activities across department, college, and university.
Guide graduate students and postdoctoral researchers academically and in research.
Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams within and beyond the university.
Demonstrate commitment to institutional efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Desired Areas of Research (including but not limited to):
Molecular signaling pathway variations in tumor development and progression.
Genetic mutations specific to certain demographics.
Epigenetic modifications and their impact on health disparities.
Varied tumor metabolic responses.
Proteomics or transcriptomics of population-specific tumor heterogeneity.
Gene-environment interactions influencing differential cancer susceptibilities.
About MSU and East Lansing:
Michigan State University is a land-grant institution situated in East Lansing, MI, that welcomes a diverse body of over 50,000 students from around the world. East Lansing is known for its vibrant collegiate atmosphere and has been ranked as one of the 'Top 100 Best Places to Live' by Livability.com. Its proximity to Lansing, the state capital, ensures easy access to urban amenities and a regional airport, with two international airports within an hour’s drive that offer direct connections to destinations worldwide. The university and the surrounding East Lansing area offer many recreational opportunities, including parks, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, water activities, winter sports, cultural events, sporting events, and community festivals.
Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
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Doctorate -Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer
Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, or related fields.
At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience in relevant areas of cancer research (for non-established candidates).
Demonstrated excellence in desired areas of research through peer-reviewed publications.
History of securing external research funding (for Co-Director candidates and other established researchers).
Leadership/administrative skills and clear vision for the direction of the CCHER (for Director position).
Plans for future scholarly work target desired areas of research, emphasizing health disparities.
Commitment to teaching, mentorship, and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Required Application Materials
Letter of Interest (please specify if applying for the Co-Director role and list specific qualifications and vision for this role)
Curriculum vitae (CV) (including past and current funding, publications, and other relevant scholarly achievements)
Detailed account of research accomplishments, with an emphasis on findings, methods, and impact (limit to 3 pages)
Outline of future research objectives, highlighting key questions, approaches, and projected impact (limit to 2 pages)
Teaching Statement, describing teaching experiences and pedagogical approach (limit to 1 page)
DEI Statement, outlining contributions and approach to integrating inclusive practices in the candidate’s scholarly work (limit to 1 page)
Names and contact information of three references
Interested candidates should submit electronically as a single PDF at CAREERS@MSU (https://jobs.msu.edu , position number 914278) and include the required application materials.
Review of applications will begin preferably by December 15, 2023. Late submissions will be considered if suitable candidates are not identified by the deadline. For additional information about the position(s), please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Erik Martinez-Hackert (email@example.com).
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