Associate Center Director, Basic Science

Tampa, Florida
Competitively compensated and executive incentives.
February 26 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Moffitt) is proud to be Florida’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Located in Tampa, FL, Moffitt strives to be the leader in understanding the complexity of cancer through innovative team science and in applying those insights for human benefits. We are currently recruiting an internationally recognized researcher to serve as Associate Center Director (ACD) of Basic Science. This critical institutional leadership position will help drive innovation and provide leadership in advancing translational science to achieve our mission: To contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer


The ACD oversees the five academic departments and collective research of the Division of Basic Science setting strategic direction and ensuring that there is a diverse and unified team that fosters trust, respect and collaboration. The ACD fosters collaboration within and across the other Divisions (Clinical, Population, and Quantitative Science). The ACD hires and provides ongoing review and mentorship of the Department Chairs and faculty in the Division. The ACD also reviews performance evaluations and promotion and tenure of the faculty in the Division.

Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Role

In collaboration with the Center Director and other senior leaders, the ACD contributes to the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) annual and competitive renewals, annual meetings of the External Advisory Committee, strategic planning and research retreats. The ACD fosters collaboration and translation of basic science findings through CCSG Programs and inter-program activities, including those with other Divisions.  This includes establishment of appropriate forums for exchange of ideas, changes in policies and procedures, and strategic planning and prioritization.

Administrative Role

This leader sets and oversees Division policies, collaboratively with other divisions and/or the Research Executive Committee, and with Human Resources as needed. Leads twice yearly Division meetings with faculty and senior administrators; serves on the Research Institute Steering Committee, the Scientific Leadership Committee and the Research Executive Committee;  Core Leadership Committee (and may serve as Co-Chair) and provides oversight in evaluation, prioritization, selection, and operation of basic science Shared Resources.


Moffitt has a highly integrated and collaborative structure, allowing nimble decision making and participation in all aspects of the Cancer Center. The ACD position reports to the Cancer Center Director, Dr. John Cleveland, who is an Executive Vice President and directly reports to the President and CEO, Dr. Patrick Hwu, an active physician scientist.

Credentials and Qualifications  

PhD or MD/PhD degree, in a field relevant to cancer research, as well as 10+ years of experience in leadership in a Cancer Center and/or academic setting and in grant management. Preference will be given to internationally recognized researchers with active laboratories and NIH funding.

Compensation & Benefits 

This position is competitively compensated based on national market review, with compensation based on base salary and executive incentives. The distribution of effort for the ACD position is envisioned as 25% administration, and 75% for research, education and service, though allocation is flexible. The position comes with eight (8) faculty slots to foster the continued academic growth of the Division, a substantial individual start-up package, and appointment as a Moffitt Distinguished Scholar, which is equivalent to an endowed chair that contributes $100,000 per year towards the research activity of the ACD. There is outstanding administrative support, including a full time executive assistant, a Division administrator, and dedicated central resources for sponsored research. The position is tenure-earning.


Qualified applicants should include a cover letter, an updated Curriculum Vitae, a synopsis of their past and current research programs (2-4 pages), and the names of three individuals who could provide letters of reference. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications should be sent to Ms. Brittany Palermo at

Questions regarding the opportunity may be directed to Dr. James J. Mulé, Interim ACD of Basic Science and ACD of Translational Science, at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Moffitt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status. Moffitt seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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