Assistant/Associate Professor in Cancer Research

El Paso, Texas
The initial salary is competitive, based on qualifications and experience.
November 02 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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POSITION DESCRIPTION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-track/tenured) in all areas of Cancer Disparities Research. Preference will be given to biomedical researchers working in disease models that represent disparities in our majority Hispanic population. Additional areas of preference include cancer pharmacoethnicity: pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic factors (Cancer metabolism); pharmacogenomic factors: genetic/epigenetic cancer susceptibility differences; pharmacoeconomic factors: role of healthcare access and quality drivers of early onset of cancers (Biomarkers); computational analysis and modeling; influence of obesity or obesity-associated metabolic changes/chronic metabolic diseases on the tumor microenvironment; drivers of chromosome instability among racial/ethnic populations; host response (such as microbe) or biological determinants; precision oncology; and new animal and cell culture models/systems development. Successful candidates will be talented faculty members who will collaborate in teams to cultivate and embrace excellence in teaching, research, and service in a predominantly Mexican-American community. This position represents unique opportunities for an outstanding individual to be a part of shaping/delivering an integrated curriculum and advancing scholarship in the pharmaceutical sciences in a new Pharmacy School at UTEP, a research-intensive university. Appointment is commensurate with the applicant’s history of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and leadership. The start-up package is negotiable and contingent upon available funding, and the appointment is expected to begin fall 2022.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The recruited faculty member will: (1) work in teams to implement and deliver an integrated foundational pharmaceutical sciences curriculum using innovative teaching models that connect science to practice; (2) contribute to maintaining Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE)  accreditation; (3) engage and mentor a culturally diverse Doctor of Pharmacy student body in research experiences; (4) communicate well across diverse faculty disciplines and student populations; (5) advance teaching and research skills through faculty development opportunities; (6) provide leadership through university, professional, scientific and/or community service; (7) demonstrate scholarly activity as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals; (8) develop and maintain a sustainable and extramurally-funded research program; (9) develop collaborations with established graduate programs at UTEP and neighboring institutions; and (10) mentor junior faculty members (for the Associate Professor rank).

UTEP PHARMACY: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) School of Pharmacy ( completed its transition from a cooperative pharmacy program with The University of Texas at Austin to a stand-alone School of Pharmacy at UTEP, with the first cohort of its stand-alone program graduating in Spring 2020. The mission of the School of Pharmacy is to “bridge borders for access and excellence by transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community service, research and leadership to benefit a 21st century demographic.” UTEP’s School of Pharmacy will be a pioneer for excellence in pharmacy education for “Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL).” The School of Pharmacy recruits students from the El Paso and Southwest region in larger numbers than were possible in the earlier cooperative program. The University of Texas at El Paso’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

About UTEP and El Paso: The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls nearly 25,000 students – 83% of whom are Hispanic and half of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college.

The city’s border location makes 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.

The Paso del Norte region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.

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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in pharmacology/pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis on Cardiovascular Biology and/or Immunology, or a doctoral degree in a related field from an accredited institution, with documented evidence of:

  1. Success in collaborative scholarship, external funding, and/or publications;
  2. Evidence of successful teaching in the pharmaceutical sciences or related fields in a higher education institution;
  3. Ability to work effectively as a team with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  4. Involvement of students in research and/or publication opportunities;
  5. Service in their discipline/profession and at the university; and
  6. Mentoring of junior faculty (for the Associate Professor rank).

Minimum qualifications for appointment at the rank of associate professor include an extensive and continuing body of research published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Applicants eligible for the associate professor rank may be considered for leadership opportunities that are available or might become available within the School of Pharmacy.

Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a postdoctoral experience, have a pharmacist-training background, and/or have experience in a U.S.-accredited school/college of pharmacy.

BENEFITS: The initial salary is competitive, based on qualifications and experience, and comes with excellent fringe benefits.  

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter (indicating which rank you wish to be considered for), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research goals, 4) statement of teaching philosophy, 5) statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 6) contact information for at least three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Team – Marc Cox, MSPH, PhD – at / Phone number: 915-747-8187.

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Hiring decisions are based on 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.