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Senior Director for Oncology Science

Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma

July 21, 2020
Senior Director for Oncology Science, Stephenson Cancer Center
Chair, Department of Oncology Science, OU College of Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

The Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (OU COM) seek a distinguished academic leader to fill the position of Senior Director for Oncology Science in the SCC. With the anticipated development of a Department of Oncology Science in the OU COM, this leader will also serve as Chair. These newly established leadership positions reflect the tremendous growth of laboratory-based cancer research within the SCC and the OU COM over the last several years. We are seeking candidates for anticipated appointment at the level of FULL PROFESSOR with TENURE-ELIGIBILITY.

THE CANDIDATE: The candidate will be expected to play a major role in developing and expanding basic and translational cancer research activities and an overall portfolio of related NIH-funded research in the SCC and OU COM. In the role of Senior Director at the SCC, the candidate will provide leadership in advancing basic and translational research activities at the SCC through promoting transdisciplinary and translational team science. In the role of Chair, the candidate will have the primarily responsibility for developing and overseeing a new Department of Oncology Science within the OU COM. The successful candidate will have an MD and/or PhD or equivalent degree. Candidates will have a strong record of career accomplishments, including a consistently funded research program, impactful publications, national recognition in his or her chosen area of research, and proven experience in developing and leading laboratory-based programs at an NCI-Designated cancer center. 

THE DEPARTMENT: The SCC and OU COM are committed to developing a new Department of Oncology Science that will serve as a departmental academic home for basic and translational cancer researchers and as a site for the integration of laboratory-based researchers with clinician scientists. A substantial department resource package includes several endowed chairs supported by philanthropy as well as other institutional commitments. A five-year department development plan includes salary and startup support for 10 new faculty positions as well as substantial new laboratory space to support department faculty. This new department will also house a multidisciplinary graduate program focused on oncology science.

THE STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER: The SCC is Oklahoma’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated cancer center, a distinction it earned in 2018, and a national Top 50 US News and World Report “Best Hospital for Cancer” for 2019-20. The SCC supports 135 Full and Associate member investigators engaged in the basic, clinical, behavioral, and population research at the OUHSC and OU Norman campuses. In 2019, these investigators conducted 345 cancer projects, supported by more than $60 million in annual extramural funding, including $32 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The SCC houses three scientific programs: Cancer Biology, Cancer Therapeutics, and Cancer Prevention and Control. These programs feature strong research in: cell cycle regulation and signaling; tumor microenvironment; biomedical engineering, nanomedicine, and imaging; cancer chemo-prevention; gero-oncology; gynecologic cancers; pancreatic cancer; cancer risk factors and social determinants; and cancer health disparities among American Indian, rural and other underserved populations. The SCC is a national leader in early- and late-phase clinical trials research. It is just one of 32 Lead Academic Participating Sites in the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and has led the nation since 2014 in overall patient accrual to NCTN treatment trials. In 2020 the SCC joined the NCI’s Experimental Therapeutic Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN), which will provide excellent opportunities for laboratory-based researchers to participate in clinical trial correlative science.  

THE ENVIRONMENT: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is a dynamic academic campus with seven colleges (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Allied Health, Public Health, Nursing, Graduate) and three hospitals (OU Medical Center, OU Children's Hospital, and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center). The OUHSC is home to multiple centers of excellence, including the Stephenson Cancer Center, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, Reynolds Oklahoma Center for Aging, and TSET Health Promotion Research Center. The OUHSC is also uniquely situated to allow interaction with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma Blood Institute.   

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter describing academic accomplishments and leadership vision to: The review of applications will be overseen by SCC Director Robert Mannel, MD and the OU COM Executive Dean John Zubialde, MD and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Robert Mannel at

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action institution http://www.ou .edu/eoo! Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.