Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Cancer Technology Development

Assistant Professor in Cancer Technology Development


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Open date: February 2nd, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Nov 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering invite applicants for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank (Ladder rank, tenure track).

This joint appointment will be in both Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and the candidate is expected to be an active member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Sacramento.

We seek an outstanding candidate with a strong translational research background in the development of new technologies that can advance our basic understanding or treatment of cancer. Examples might include “organ on a chip”, imaging, drug/cell delivery, devices, biomaterials, and computational methods or artificial intelligence. The candidate will be expected to develop an independent, extramurally funded research program at the frontier of cancer technology and to contribute to the teaching mission of the University in the School of Medicine and College of Engineering.

Applicants must be capable of teaching core undergraduate and graduate courses, be willing to contribute to an innovative multidisciplinary curriculum in the field of biomedical engineering, and eager to mentor graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and medical residents. Research activities will be housed in College of Engineering space in the GBSF building, but additional space may be available in Sacramento to leverage resources at the Cancer Center and Department of Surgery.

UC Davis has a vibrant research community focused on aspects of cancer biology, diagnosis, and treatment. Both the Department of Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering are active participants in this community. We are interested in scholars with strong records of innovative investigation that would complement and leverage these existing programs as well as others in the UC Davis School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and School of Veterinary Medicine.

The UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Both the Department of Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering are nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report and have vibrant research programs in a broad ranges of areas that complement cancer technology including cell and tissue engineering, computational and synthetic biology, biomaterials and devices, biomechanics and mechanobiology, and biophotonics and biomedical imaging. As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for and record of professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity, teaching, and inclusive excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

For fullest consideration, please review the full position description, which provides guidance on application requirements and recommendations to strengthen your application. Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our recruitment website for additional information about how their application materials - including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - will be assessed by the Search Committee in the screening and review process. The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation.

With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct.

To implement this process, UC Davis requires all Assistant Professor in Cancer Technology Development (JPF04575) applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.

Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

Department of Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body. The department consists of 35 faculty members, and serves over 450 undergraduate students in an ABET accredited program. The Department has existing strengths in the areas of tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, cellular and molecular engineering, biomechanics, biomedical imaging. micro/nano systems, therapeutics, and computational/ systems biology. BME faculty benefit from close collaborations with the School of Medicine, Division of Biological Sciences, and School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Department is home to state-of-the-art resources and facilities that serve both our academic and research programs, including the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging and the TEAM (Translating Engineering Advances to Medicine) Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Laboratories.

The Department is also highly engaged in the campus Aggie Square innovation initiative, located at the UC Davis Sacramento campus, including the development of new undergraduate and graduate focused education programs.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD, MD, or equivalent, and postdoctoral experience in an appropriate discipline; formal training (bachelors, masters, or doctorate) in engineering is desirable but not required. Terminal degree must be awarded by time of hire.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Record of research creativity, independence and productivity in cancer technology.

• Record of obtaining, or the potential to obtain, substantial extramural funding.

• Commitment to excellence in teaching. Ability to teach well and develop new courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in particular topics related to biomedical engineering.

• Commitment to mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars.

• Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and its integration with a career in education.

• Excellent potential for interactions and collaborations with faculty in the UC Davis School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Document requirements

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae with list of publications and professional activities

Your most recently updated C.V.

Statement of Teaching

Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit here for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Statement of Research

Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate.

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Reference requirements- 3-5 letters of reference required

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