Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Spring/Summer 2016


The Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Seeks Applicants for Two Faculty Positions

Faculty Position Available
Cancer Prevention and Population Science - Epidemiology and Cancer Disparities

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), in conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine is recruiting for two faculty positions at the title and rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor on the tenure track with a research interest in any of the following areas:

  1. Cancer Population Science
  2. Cancer Health Disparities
  3. Cancer Epidemiology
  4. Behavioral Oncology

Successful candidates will join the CTRC’s cancer-prevention efforts with a particular emphasis on cancers that commonly or disproportionately affect the population of San Antonio and South Texas and will join the CTRC’s Population Science and Prevention Program, which has 26 members with more than $7.3M in peer-reviewed funding.  We are seeking independent investigators with expertise in identifying genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors that increase cancer risk and disparities; design and implementation of interventions affecting cancer risk and outcomes, particularly for our unique population; and the movement of findings in risk assessment and intervention into clinical practice.

The CTRC at UTHSCSA is one of four National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers in Texas and the only NCI designated center in South Texas, serving a region of 45,970 square miles (over 4 million people) including a large, multiethnic population. The CTRC is committed to integrated multidisciplinary research and care, and the translation of research findings into the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer while improving the quality of life of cancer survivors. The 77 CTRC researchers have more than $33.6M in extramural research funding and have a broad range of basic, clinical, and population science expertise. The CTRC's three research programs of Cancer Development and Progression, Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics, and Population Science and Prevention along with a group of developing programs are supported by eight shared core facilities. The CTRC is celebrating its 40th year as a cancer center in 2014 and has exceptional support from a fast-growing and committed community.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has 18 full-time faculty members with research interests including translational scientific discovery, clinical- and population-based investigation, the application of epidemiological and biostatistical principles to clinical problem solving, formulation of health policy, and application to health services organizational management, as well as the development of epidemiological and biostatistical research methods. The mission of the Department is to develop and enhance population-based, clinical and translational research in clinical and community settings, to develop epidemiologic, biostatistical, and medical informatics resources, and to promote the educational mission of the School of Medicine by teaching epidemiology, biostatistics and critical appraisal of the medical literature to students, house-staff, and faculty. The Department plays an integral role in UTHSCSA's research and educational missions by enhancing programs to prevent disease, promote health, deliver quality health care, and inform health policy decisions.

Candidates with a track record in population science and a cancer-related focus are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant should hold an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent degree and have a demonstrated track record of research productivity related to cancer prevention and control, a strong publication record and extramural peer-reviewed funding commensurate with the level of the faculty position applied for. Experience in obtaining multi-investigator research grants is desirable. Candidates with an interest in cancer disparities, prevention, early detection, treatment access, communications, and survivorship are encouraged to apply. Significant institutional support including a competitive compensation package, startup funds, and modern laboratory space and facilities will be provided. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to apply for additional support funds from a number of funding mechanisms administered by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas ( http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/funding-opportunities/). Applicants must be eligible to legally work in the U.S.

Applications are currently being received and will continue until the position is filled. All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and an overview of current and future research plans (1-2 pages) to varnerl@uthscsa.edu or by mail to:

Please address cover letter, CV, and overview of future research plans to:

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez
Chair ad Interim, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Health Disparities
Cancer Therapy and Research Center
c/o: Ms. Lori Moctezuma
Office of the Director
7979 Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78229