Open Rank of UNMCCC in IM Molecular Medicine - Signaling Scientist

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Based on Experience
September 23 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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Job Type

The University of New Mexico National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC), and the Department of Medicine, Division of Molecular Medicine, and the Department of Pathology at the UNM School of Medicine, invite applications from established mid-career or senior scientists engaged in studies of cancer systems biology, cancer cell biology, cancer cell signaling, and studies of the tumor microenvironment. We seek scientists particularly focused on dissecting mechanisms of perturbed signaling in cancer cells, on analysis and modeling of pathways that mediate response or resistance to targeted therapies, and/or signaling perturbations in the context of the tumor microenvironment. Successful applicants will join a vibrant and highly collaborative research community in the UNMCCC Cancer Biology and Signaling Research Program whose research spans from fundamental discovery to translational and clinical science. Many program members have identified novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets in breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancers and hematologic malignancies and are developing novel targeted therapies in collaboration with the UNMCCC Early Phase Clinical Trails Unit. We particularly seek scientists who would collaborate and benefit from superb, state-of-the-art core facilities in single molecule, live cell, and intra-vital imaging. Successful applicants will also benefit from collaboration with unique national centers and programs at the UNMCCC including: The Molecular Discovery and High Throughput Target Screening Center (; one of 6 of the nation’s Chemical Biology Consortium in The NCI NExT Program; and The New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling (, an NIGMS-funded National Center for Systems Biology. Successful applicants will have a strong track record of sustained scientific accomplishments exemplified by peer-reviewed funding (NCI, NIH, or other agencies), high quality publications, and collaborative research. Significant resources, including excellent salaries, comprehensive start-up packages, and endowed positions are available, as are UNMCCC leadership roles. Successful candidates will have a tenured track faculty appointment in a UNM School of Medicine Department (Internal Medicine or Pathology) and Membership in the UNMCCC.

Minimum Qualifications: 1) PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent advanced degree; 2) Peer-reviewed extramural funding from federal agencies, preferably NCI or NIH; 3) Impactful publications in the areas of scientific interest; 4) Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications: 1) Expertise in cancer-focused science in the areas of interest; 2) Commitment to collaboration with other UNMCCC scientists and participation in team science initiatives and multi-investigator, programmatic cancer-focused grants; and 3) Experience in education, training and mentoring.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 146 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 600 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provide treatment to 65% of New Mexico’s cancer patients from all across the state and partner with community health systems statewide to provide cancer care closer to home. They treated approximately 13,000 patients in more than 100,000 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. A total of nearly 1300 patients participated in cancer clinical trials, 40% of whom participated in clinical trials testing new cancer treatments that include tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The more than 100 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded $36.2 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects. Since 2015, they have published nearly 1000 manuscripts, and promoting economic development, they filed 136 new patents and launched 10 new biotechnology start-up companies. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 500 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at

To apply and view the complete description, please access Req11162 at:  Complete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with mailing address, phone numbers and email address.

For all inquiries or questions, please contact:

Search Chairs: Dr. Eric Prossnitz, PhD ( and Diane Lidke, PhD ( or Search Coordinator: Amanda Leigh Earnest at (

This position may be subject to criminal records screening in accordance with New Mexico law.  UNM’s confidential policy (Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment, UNM Board of Regents Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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