As the only academic medical center in the state, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is home to the state’s only pediatric oncology group, children’s hospital, bone marrow transplant unit, phase I clinical trials unit, AAHRPP-accredited Institutional Review Board (IRB), Level-I trauma center, Level-IV NICU, and organ transplant program. The Cancer Center & Research Institute (CCRI) at UMMC is an emerging, matrixed cancer center in the state capital of Jackson and includes the Mississippi Cancer Registry, the UMMC Cancer Registry, the Mississippi ACT Center for Tobacco Control, Treatment, and Research, and a rapidly growly research portfolio in three key program areas: Cancer Biology, Drug Discovery and Development, and Population Health/Health Equity.
A member of the executive leadership team, the Associate Director of Basic and Translational Research reports directly to the CCRI Director and serves as faculty leader in the planning, development, and implementation of the CCRI’s basic science and translational cancer research programs. The selected candidate will spearhead basic science faculty recruitment and retention efforts, and foster interdisciplinary and inter-programmatic partnerships to ultimately achieve National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. It is expected the Associate Director for Basic and Translational Research will have a faculty appointment in a basic science department and maintain an active research portfolio.
Competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with education, experience, and AACI national standards.
Duties and responsibilities include:
· Plans, develops, and implements the CCRI’s basic science and translational research program towards the achievement of NCI designation
· Maintains an active research program and serves as a mentor for more junior basic and translational research faculty
· Identifies, recruits, and retains top basic and translational research talent
· Sets and ensures strategic basic and translational research productivity measures are achieved
· Aligns efforts with strategic CCRI priorities
Required education, experience, skills, and abilities:
· PhD in basic science or other relevant biomedical field
· 5 years’ increasing responsibility in an academic, healthcare, or research setting
· Experience and proven ability to:
o Obtain significant extramural oncology research funding,
o Develop research programs,
o Disseminate research findings,
o Set and achieve strategic goals,
o Mentor faculty and students,
o Recruit and retain faculty members,
o Lead a diverse team,
o Promote interdisciplinary collaborations,
o Translate discoveries from bench-to-bedside,
· Experience obtaining and/or maintaining NCI designation preferred, but not required
(position R00031557). Questions may be directed to Dr. Leslie Musshafen ([email protected]
), CCRI Associate Director of Administration.