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Cluster Hire in Cancer Research

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 3, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks to hire three tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant Professor rank and one tenure-track member at the Professor rank with expertise in the area of Cancer Disparities research to begin Fall 2022. These positions are part of a cluster of 11 faculty being hired across the SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley campuses and are 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). These four positions will be at the SDSU campus in San Diego, California. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree.

SDSU seeks to recruit ​a diverse cohort of colleagues from a broad range of disciplines and a variety of academic and research backgrounds; however, candidates must have a demonstrated research focus on cancer or cancer disparities research.  SDSU FUERTE is committed to elevating the health and wellbeing of Latinx and other underrepresented communities through the support of a diverse research workforce. 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 is required. 

Assistant Professor Positions: Candidates must have a research and funding record of accomplishment that demonstrates their potential ability to establish a clear program of research and a high potential for success in securing extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health. A history of experience with extramural funding from federal agencies (e.g., NIH, NSF, DOD, HRSA, CDC, USDA, etc.) is preferred. Ideally, candidates would have experience conducting research in interdisciplinary,  multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary environments. SDSU and the FUERTE program will provide structured faculty development to assist faculty in achieving success as independent researchers. 

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 required. The incumbent is also expected to serve as a member of the mentoring team to help mentor the three Assistant Professors hired as part of this cluster hire.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. To this spirit, candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (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 a separate diversity statement in the application how they meet at least two (2) of these criteria.

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Candidates should submit: a cover letter, a diversity statement (i.e., commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia), a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) references. Candidates should indicate in their application cover letter the department or school at SDSU that they believe is best suited for their academic training and expertise.

Salary and benefits are competitive and are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review will begin on December 15th, 2021. For additional inquiries or questions, please contact Dr. Mark B. Reed ( or Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga (

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX employer.

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