Oregon Health & Science University

Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor (Cancer Population Science)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Division of Oncological Sciences - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Knight Cancer Institute (KCI) at Oregon Health & Science University, an NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center serving the state of Oregon, is seeking exceptional faculty candidates for tenure-track faculty positions at all ranks. Given the exceptional growth in cancer research, the KCI now includes the newly formed Division of Oncological Science (DOS) that provides an academic home for cross-disciplinary cancer research that leverages team science and collaboration (https://www.ohsu.edu/oncological-sciences). DOS includes four sections representing research areas and scientific disciplines that support innovation and translation of discovery to impact cancer patients and the broader population we serve. The Cancer Population Science (CPS) section of DOS is now looking for outstanding independent investigators committed to addressing the most challenging cancer prevention and control problems in populations with or at risk of cancer and across the translational continuum. Shared resources across the Knight, CTSA, and OHSU provide abundant access to state-of-the-art tools, technologies, approaches, and statewide cohorts for innovative science.


The Knight Cancer Institute is a pioneer in personalized cancer medicine and an international leader in research and cancer treatment.  The Knight envisions a world freed from the burden of cancer by working together to make bold advances in understanding cancer biology, detection, treatment, and survival.  Join the Knight Cancer Institute and work with us to end cancer as we know it. We offer highly competitive recruitment packages, strong institutional commitment to faculty support, comprehensive benefits, relocation services, and rewarding work and life environment. Portland, Oregon, offers breathtaking scenery, an exciting location featuring outdoor activities of all kinds, mild weather, and a vibrant and diverse social scene. Portland appears on numerous "Best Of" lists, including Online Insider's "Top 10 Least Expensive Cities", Money Magazine's "Top 10 Places to Vacation," and "Top 10 Best Places to Live" and American Style Magazine's "Top 25 Arts Destinations". To learn more about the Knight Cancer Institute, please visit https://www.ohsu.edu/knight-cancer-institute. To learn more about living in the Portland area, please visit: Travel Portland


Our Commitment to Diversity: DOS and the Knight Cancer Institute are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. The DOS and the Knight Cancer Institute aim to be the workplace of choice nationally and internationally for individuals to reach their potential and perform the most innovative research, education, and care in service to our patients, students, workforce, and community. We inform our work by the needs and the input of our geographically and racially diverse state and strive for a mission-driven work environment; diverse in people and ideas, equitable in opportunities, and promoting a climate of respect and trust. We instill these principles throughout our workplace culture, clinical care, educational programs, community engagement, and research activities.


Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team — We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Function/Duties of Position

CPS includes researchers interested in studying genetics, behaviors, and exposures that increase the risk of cancer and conduct intervention studies with individuals, communities, healthcare systems, and/or populations to improve cancer outcomes.  We are particularly eager to add expertise in two areas: molecular epidemiology and behavioral interventions; however, we are open to other foci that align with areas of strength in CPS and other programs in the KCI.  Current faculty areas of research include cancer and the microbiome, cancer symptom science, exercise oncology, tobacco cessation, nutritional epidemiology, and health equity research. Previous experience and/or leadership within an NCI designated cancer center is also desired.


Required Qualifications

Assistant – Full Professor, Division of Oncological Sciences: To qualify for this role, you must have a PhD or MD/PhD. At the Assistant Professor level, you must have relevant postdoctoral research experience, a strong record of research accomplishments that include publications in high-quality journals, and strong potential for independent funding. At the Associate or Professor level, you must have an established and funded research program and demonstrated ability to mentor others. 

Additional Details

Application Requirements:

  1. Institutional CV with a complete bibliography and history of external funding
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 3-page statement of research interests

For more information, see here.


Selected candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three references to provide letters of recommendation and to provide a Diversity Statement The statement should describe your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and contributions toward greater diversity and antiracism that would continue in your tenure at DOS. The statement should be 2 paragraphs or up to 1 page in length. For more information, see here.


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All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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