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Associate Director, Population Sciences (Associate/Full Professor Tenure Track) - Cancer Center

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona

Posting Number: req6782

Department: Cancer Center Division

Location: UAHS - Tucson

Address: University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (the Cancer Center)-the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in the state of Arizona-seeks a nationally recognized and dynamic leader to serve as its first permanent Associate Director of Population Sciences (AD).

Holding the Maynard Chair in Prevention Research and serving on the senior leadership team of the Cancer Center, the successful candidate will build and develop the Cancer Center's nationally recognized research in Population Sciences with the aim of reducing the cancer burden on its uniquely diverse 5-county catchment area, which includes significant Hispanic/Latino and Native American communities, low-income communities, communities residing in rural and frontier locations, and communities located near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The AD will bring an extensive track record as a federally-funded investigator focused on population-based cancer research, along with a collaborative approach to leadership and a management style that supports the mentoring of junior investigators.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

All University employees, including student workers and graduate assistants/associates, must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have been granted a religious or disability/medical accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities

AD will collaborate closely with other Cancer Center senior leaders, the
co-leaders of the CPCP, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, geneticists,
biologists, behavioral scientists, and clinicians across the UA, as well as
with numerous public health partners and collaborators throughout the state of
Arizona, to advance population sciences. Importantly, the AD will build on the
existingefforts concerning health disparities and social determinants of
health across the state with an emphasis on serving the Cancer Center's
catchment area, which includes significant Hispanic/Latino, Native American,
rural, frontier, and border communities, as well as older adultsand those
who are under-resourced economically.

Reporting to both the Cancer Center Director and the Department
Chair housing their faculty appointment, the AD will have oversight of the
Cancer Prevention and Control Program. The AD will develop a multidisciplinary
team of researchers from within the UA science community and through external
recruitments focused on research that addresses priority catchment-related
cancers, including breast, prostate, gastric, lung, colorectal, liver, kidney,
and melanoma,especially in underrepresented populations.

The AD will be charged with developing a comprehensive vision for
population-based research in cancer that builds on the Cancer Center's existing
strengths and further develops its ability to serve the diverse communities
that reside within the catchment area. To achieve this vision, the AD will
intentionally nurture existing relationships across the University of Arizona
(UA), as well as those with external communities/partners, to strategically
facilitate cross-disciplinary research that advances the mission of the Cancer

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is one of 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and the only one headquartered in the state of Arizona. The Cancer Center is a leader in research on breast, ovarian, prostate, gastrointestinal (colon, pancreas, and liver), lymphoma, and skin cancers, and is home to one of the largest Cancer Prevention and Control Programs among the nation's comprehensive cancer centers. The mission of the Cancer Center is to harness an insatiable quest to alleviate the burden of cancer across its catchment area, the state of Arizona, and beyond, through interdisciplinary discovery, compassionate care, and training of individuals to fight inequities through engagement, respect, and conviction.

In pursuit of this mission, the Cancer Center's strategic priorities are to:

  • Facilitate high-impact transdisciplinary research that drives improvements in patient outcomes through alignment with three Trans-Center Themes-Cancer and the Environment; Novel Therapeutics and Preventive Interventions; and Imaging and
  • Become a leader in proactive engagement, bidirectional learning, and facilitation of meaningful research in partnership with communities of high social vulnerabilities and disparities in cancer; and
  • Develop an integrated learning pipeline that excites and trains cancer researchers and health professionals, attracts more under-represented groups to the field, and emphasizes transdisciplinary, translational research.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a significant and successful track record as a collaborative leader, funded researcher, and supportive mentor. Bringing strong experience in strategic development and implementation, as well as a demonstrated ability to develop partnerships,
empower colleagues, and build a research program, the successful candidate will bring many, if
not all, of the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • A doctoral level/terminal degree in population health/population science, epidemiology, health policy, health promotion sciences, exposure science, or a closely related field; academic achievement at the Associate Professor or Professor ranking;
  • A fierce and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, including a history of success in working with diverse communities, building a diverse team, and training exceptionally culturally competent health professionals;
  • A distinguished record in cancer-related population sciences as evidenced by impactful publications and extramural peer-reviewed research funding;
  • Experience in the development or implementation of cancer-centric population-based research programs;
  • Success leading the growth and development of an organizational unit, such as a research team or lab, department, or division;
  • An ability to articulate a compelling vision and implement a strategy that engages researchers, clinicians, institutional partners, and community members alike;
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to lead collaboratively and build internal and external partnerships;
  • Experience in the recruitment, retention, and development of excellent faculty, staff, and students; and
  • An entrepreneurial, collaborative, creative, and driven spirit

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience working with Hispanic/Latino and Native American populations.

Tenure Information

Tenure Track (T/TE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Keith Mason at Isaacson Miller
1700 Market Street, Suite 2140
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 617-933-1993

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Confidential inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest and candidate materials (including a cover letter and resume) should be submitted via email to the University of Arizona's search consultants, Patricia Hastie and Keith Mason, through the office of Keith Mason at, 617-933-1993. Materials that cannot be emailed should be addressed to: Keith Mason c/o Isaacson Miller; 1700 Market Street, Suite 2140; Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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