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(F68760) Basic Sciences Faculty - Multiple Positions - Massey Cancer Center


(F68760) Basic Sciences Faculty - Multiple Positions - Massey Cancer Center

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  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
  • Massey Cancer Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University and Massey Cancer Center are seeking highly qualified PhD, MD, or MD/PhD funded investigators with research interests in the cancer field as broadly defined with preference given to those focusing on lipid and other cancer cell signaling and metabolism, chemical biology, tumor immunology and/or integrative genomics. These faculty positions are at the rank of Associate or Full Professor and could be tenure-eligible for qualified candidates. Appropriate academic department assignment will be based on the expertise and training of the candidate.

The VCU Massey Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that hosts 1000-plus researchers conducting basic, population, translational and clinical cancer research. Massey Cancer Center is dedicated to saving and improving lives by discovering, developing, delivering and teaching effective means to prevent, detect and treat cancer and to making those advancements equally available to all.

Massey Cancer Center provides support for a variety of shared resources including Flow Cytometry Shared Resource, Microscopy Core Laboratory, Cancer Mouse Models Core, Biostatistics Shared Resource, Cancer Informatics Core, Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory, Tissue and Data Analysis and Acquisition Core Laboratory, and Transgenic/Knockout Shared Resource. Additionally, Massey Cancer Center has a comprehensive Clinical Trials Office that provides administrative, regulatory, and nursing support for the clinical trials conducted at the center.

Purpose: This position is a senior-level faculty position who will play a key role in advancing the research mission and will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the Massey Cancer Center so as to harness the considerable intellectual talent and scientific resources of VCU and focus them on solving the nation’s cancer problem. The faculty member will serve as a basic science investigator with expertise in cancer cell signaling, lipid and other cancer-related metabolism, integrative genomics, tumor immunology, or chemical biology. They will also support the department with teaching responsibilities at the graduate level and mentoring students and/or trainees as appropriate.


The faculty member shares a deep commitment to effective instruction, training and mentoring of medical students, graduate students, undergraduate, and post-doctoral fellows in the laboratory. They are expected to actively participate in providing laboratory research opportunities to fellows and mentor junior faculty.

Contribute to VCU’s national reputation through research and scholarship (extramural funding, high quality publications, citations, and national recognition as 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 Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetic or Cancer Biology. The faculty member will establish and maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research laboratory which focuses on on lipid and other cancer cell signaling and metabolism, chemical biology, tumor immunology and/or integrative genomics.

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.

Serves on institutional committees, study sections, review groups, as a journal editor, or editorial boards.

Required Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree in basic, translational, or clinical sciences
  • Extensive cancer relevant research experience
  • Nationally-recognized scholarly/research portfolio with a strong track-record of continuous NCI funding
  • 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
  • Established track-record of leading inter- and multi-disciplinary teams as principal investigator of multi-investigator projects such as P01s and SPOREs

Further questions can be directed to Said Sebti, Ph.D., Associate Director, Basic Research (c/o Andrea Wade, afwade@vcu.edu).


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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