Assistant Professor- Cancer Biochemist

El Paso
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October 28 2021
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Assistant Professor- Cancer Biochemist

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Ninety-four percent of UTEP's nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and many are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, students have access to 168 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. UTEP is the only open-access, top tier research university in America, yet its retention rates exceed those of selective institutions. UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. It is one of only 28 institutions in the U.S. and 3 in Texas to hold both top tier research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $108 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs approximately 4,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value. Almost 25% of graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the top income quintile, placing UTEP in the top 10 universities in American for social mobility. For more information about UTEP, please visit our website

El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of more than 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been repeatedly named among the safest large U.S. cities and is one of the largest bilingual, binational, multicultural communities in the Western Hemisphere. El Paso experiences almost 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest, such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

El Paso's active arts and culture community features the state's longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum.

For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues including Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.

About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a vibrant department housed in a state of the art building completed in 2012, with all the major instrumentation needed to uphold its very high research activity. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in both chemistry and biochemistry that are certified by the American Chemical Society. It also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These degrees are designed to be consistent with the student's professional goals, which include chemical or biochemical research in an industrial (agriculture, petroleum, pharmaceutical, plastics, etc.), academic, or national laboratory setting, as well as non-traditional STEM careers.

The department serves over 3,000 students per semester from multiple majors across the colleges of science, engineering, and health sciences. The department hosts close to 60 students engaging in graduate research work at the MS and Ph.D. levels in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science and Engineering and Bioinformatics. Furthermore, there are currently over 300 undergraduate students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry of which, a large percentage engage in undergraduate research.

Job Description:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the College of Science at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position in biochemistry pertaining to the Biochemistry of Cancer. The successful candidate will be expected to bring a new dimension to the Department while complementing its existing strengths in both the interdisciplinary and traditional fields. Areas that will be given strong consideration include but are not limited to varied basic cancer research as well as the development of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to reduce Hispanic cancer disparities using genetic, molecular, and physiological markers from Mexican origin cancer patients. A successful candidate is expected to actively engage at a departmental level through curricular development activities, lead the expansion of the program through collaborations with other faculty, and attract external funding at levels needed to build and sustain his/her research program.


An earned doctorate cancer biochemistry or related field, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and problem-based research as well as publications in relevant areas. Postdoctoral experience and a strong record of high-impact publications are highly preferred. Evidence of existing/prior funding will be given strong consideration. Applicants with potential to attract external funding, and the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level are highly desired.

Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at

Application Instructions:

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. To assure full consideration, please submit the following as separate documents.



  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  4. Research plan
  5. Broadening Participation Statement
  6. Complete contact information for three professional references.

UTEP has a long-standing commitment to a culture of Inclusive Excellence that provides universal access to an excellent education and an environment for students to achieve at high levels. To sustain and enhance our commitment, UTEP hires and invests in faculty who value our culture of care and the success of students from diverse backgrounds. As such, we request a "Broadening Participation" statement of how you would approach contributing to that culture of Inclusive Excellence.

Contact Information: If you have questions about the position, you may contact Dr. Ricardo Bernal, Search Committee Chair at

Application review and Appointment Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated appointment date is fall 2022.

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