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Associate/Full Professor: Cancer Biology

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2023

Associate/Full Professor: Cancer Biology

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Oct 20, 2022

The San Diego State University (SDSU) Department of Biology seeks to hire one tenured/tenure-track faculty member at the Associate or Full Professor rank with expertise in the area of Cancer Biology research to begin Fall 2023. This position is part of a cluster of 11 faculty hired across the SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley campuses and is a component of the SDSU FUERTE (Faculty Unified towards Excellence in Research and Transformational Engagement) program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health FIRST program (NIH Award Number: U54CA267789). This position will be at the SDSU campus in San Diego, California. As of August 2022, nine faculty have been hired for the FUERTE program.

SDSU seeks to complete ​the recruitment of a diverse cohort of cancer research colleagues from a broad range of disciplines and a variety of academic and research backgrounds; therefore, candidates must have a demonstrated research focus on cancer biology and cancer health disparities research and a commitment to working with diverse groups (e.g., Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Asian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQI, etc.) through research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Individuals working in any area of cancer biology are invited to apply. Research expertise could include biochemical and biophysical mechanisms of cancer development and progression; molecular features of tumor metabolism or DNA repair; tumor biology and microenvironment; cancer immunology and virology; and the role of the microbiome in cancer initiation, progression, and response to therapy. Candidates whose research focus is upon a cancer that shows health disparities in our local catchment area are especially encouraged to apply.

Cancer research at SDSU is further facilitated by extensive interaction with the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, with whom SDSU is a consortium partner. The successful faculty member will be eligible for membership in the Cancer Center and will be encouraged to work collaboratively with UCSD faculty to further strengthen this partnership.

Associate or Full Professor Position: Candidates should have significant demonstrated experience conducting research in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and/or transdisciplinary environments as well as a strong record of extramural funding. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is preferred. The incumbent is also expected to serve as a member of the mentoring team to help mentor the three Assistant Professors hired in Fall 2022 as part of the cancer and cancer disparities cluster hired through the FUERTE program. An appointment with Tenure will be considered for candidates with an advanced academic and research record and with approval from the department and the Provost.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D., etc.) and are expected to make significant contributions to the scholarly literature. SDSU is home to a wide variety of student research support programs that facilitate faculty engagement of students and postdoctoral trainees in research. Research opportunities for underrepresented students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are highly encouraged.

SDSU FUERTE was funded as part of the NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program to promote scientific workforce diversity and build a community of scientists committed to implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence through recruitment of a diverse cohort of early-career faculty (Grant # NIH Award Number: U54CA267789). Given SDSU’s federal designation as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2012 and recent designation as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), SDSU FUERTE is committed to elevating the health and wellbeing of Latinx and other underrepresented communities through the support of a diverse research workforce.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Applicants are encouraged to indicate in the Building on Inclusive Excellence form (included in the application) areas where they support diversity and inclusion, and in separate diversity statements in the application how they meet at least two (2) of these criteria.

SDSU’s Vibrant Research Environment

Collaborative, transdisciplinary, and trans-border research opportunities abound at SDSU as well as at our two Imperial Valley campuses (Brawley and Calexico). For example, SDSU is home to one large NIH cooperative agreement, the SDSU HealthLINK Center, as well as many other Centers and Institutes focused on the health of underrepresented communities (SDSU Centers and Institutes). SDSU Imperial Valley is home to the recently established RISE Center. San Diego serves as an ideal hub for basic and applied cancer research with opportunities for collaboration beyond SDSU, including the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, UCSD, Moores Cancer Center, USD, CSU San Marcos, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, Scripps Research Translation Institute, Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys, local pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Federally Qualified Health Centers, etc. SDSU is home to a diverse student and faculty body. Over a third of our students, both undergraduate and graduate, are underrepresented minorities. SDSU is approximately 40 minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border and has a trolley line that extends directly to the border crossing to Mexico, thus facilitating research collaboration with faculty and students from universities in Tijuana. The San Diego region is a large metropolitan area with a wide range of diverse communities, which include newly arrived immigrants and refugees from many countries, and centuries-old Native American tribes and bands.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and HSI with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

SDSU strives for equity and inclusion in everything it does, building on the human and intellectual diversity of students, faculty, and staff as a source of innovation and strength. SDSU is ranked 35 nationwide for ethnic diversity, and roughly 54% of the university's undergraduates and graduates are students from historically marginalized populations. SDSU is the No. 1 LGBTQ+-friendly campus in California, and No. 8 nationally, according to Campus Pride and BestColleges. ​Further, the university is consistently ranked as a top school for veterans and serves more than 4,000 military-connected students. As a U.S.-Mexico transborder HSI, SDSU launched its Inaugural Global Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish in Spring 2021 to value and honor the language of our California/Baja California region. Most critically, the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion translate to results: Continuation and degree completion rates have increased over the last decade, and equity gaps have begun to close effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The SDSU Mission Valley Innovation District offers new opportunities for collaboration and entrepreneurship, with 1.6 million square feet of research and innovation space that will be developed primarily through public and private partnerships. SDSU researchers and Innovation District partners will work together to develop creative solutions to complex problems. SDSU’s entrepreneurship programs catalyze the public impact of research discoveries.

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Candidates should submit: a cover letter that includes a discussion of their research; a diversity statement that describes their commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia; a curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of three (3) references. Applicants are also encouraged to indicate on the Building on Inclusive Excellence form (included in the application) areas where they support diversity and inclusion.

Salary and benefits are competitive and are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review will begin November 11th 2022. For additional inquiries or questions, please contact Dr. Mark B. Reed ( or Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga (

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The anticipated salary for an associate professor position is $6,190 - $13,172 academic year full- time monthly salary and for professor is $7,794 - 13,797. This amount may vary with candidate rank, experience, and market considerations specific to the scholarly discipline. Salary represents one component of a job offer that will also include a full benefits package, moving expenses, and start-up support.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


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