Oregon Health & Science University seeks a
Distinguished Scientist for the Cancer Early Detection Advanced
Research Center (CEDAR) within the OHSU Knight Cancer
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Location: Portland, Oregon
Distinguished Scientists have a record of
scientific and technical accomplishments, outstanding track records
of publications and grant funding, or patent and industry
experience. They are international leaders in their basic science,
engineering, or computational fields, with exceptional leadership
experience and demonstrated success in leading, managing and
participating in large collaborative projects or programs. They are
leaders in developing strategic relationships and partnerships with
As a Distinguished Scientist in CEDAR, you will:
- Focus on the mentorship of CEDAR researchers and project
- Leverage your deep scientific knowledge, expertise, and
experience, as well as your success in forming teams, to support
CEDAR’s team-based research.
- Cultivate collaboration and serve as a guide for CEDAR teams as
they work together to solve cancer’s toughest problems.
- Collaborate with other leaders and the OHSU Knight Cancer
Institute to inform and guide CEDAR’s scientific directions and
- Provide scientific, career, and team science-based mentorship
and guidance to CEDAR researchers at all levels, including graduate
students, postdoctoral fellows, RAs, scientists, and faculty.
- Collaborate to develop and implement mentorship resources for
utilization by CEDAR researchers.
- Collaborate to identify critical, mission-focused scientific
problems, design overall scientific approaches, and identify,
acquire and manage resources to perform investigations.
- Serve as a standing member of the CEDAR Review Committee, which
scores and decides on funding for internal research proposals.
- Develop, foster and maintain relationships with partners in
academia and/or the pharmaceutical and biotechnology
- Contribute to and build CEDAR’s culture of team science,
CEDAR’s guiding principles.
Mentorship: Provide scientific and career
mentorship and guidance to CEDAR researchers at all levels
including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, RAs, scientists,
- Leverage deep experience to mentor teams to successfully secure
research funding, including but not limited to advising how to
write and present effective project and/or grant applications.
- Provide expert advice to teams on their scientific plan,
methodology, and interpretation of complex experimental
- Mentor teams on preparing research results for presentation or
written communication at internal and external forums such as
review meetings, scientific advisory board meetings, abstracts,
conference presentations, manuscripts, patent applications, and
- Maintain a high level of professional expertise through
familiarity with current scientific literature.
- As needed, help develop innovative techniques and experimental
systems to meet research program goals.
Scientific Oversight: In
collaboration with CEDAR leadership, develop and oversee CEDAR
team-science based research.
- Collaborate to identify critical, mission-focused scientific
problems, design of overall scientific approaches, and to identify,
acquire and manage resources to perform investigations.
- Promote team formation, assess team fit, review team progress,
and promote maximum productivity.
- Foster and support teamwork.
Enabling Translational Research and Partnership
Formation: Develop, foster and maintain relationships with
partners in academia and/or in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology
- Enable and support the formation of research
- Promote the advancement of specific sponsored research
agreement (SRA) funded projects and ensure that external partners
receive regular project updates.
Every OHSU Knight Cancer employee is expected
to embody the Knight Cancer Institute’s 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
- We work as a CONNECTED team—We must leverage our collective
brainpower to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it
Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed
to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are
dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having
outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on
multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research
projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking
and new perspectives. Our research is milestone-driven to ensure
that each project is fulfilling its stated goals. CEDAR’s Diversity
Advisory Committee meets regularly and is engaged in actively
refining CEDAR’s culture, team science, communication, outreach,
and recruitment to foster a more inclusive, equitable
- Doctoral degree (Ph.D, M.D./Ph.D) in a relevant field (e.g.,
basic sciences, engineering, computation).
- 12 or more years of relevant work experience.
- Outstanding track record of mentorship.
- Exceptional ability to build productive cross-functional
collaborations both internally and externally.
- Excellent communication, analytical, and organizational
- Outstanding record of publications, and/or patents, and/or
partnerships, and/or translational outputs.
- Exceptional technical proficiency, scientific creativity,
innovation and collaborative ability.
- Understanding of program management including funding and
- Five (5) or more years in a research position, including at
least 4 years of supervisory and project management
- Expertise in early cancer detection in one of CEDAR’s focus
areas: early detection technology, risk stratification, population
health and prevention, prognosis assessment, early
About the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute:
At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, our vision is a world freed
from the burden of cancer. Our mission is to end cancer as we know
it, through innovative, collaborative research and education,
providing prevention, detection, and care – one person at a
As pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, we continue to
change the way the world understands and fights this disease
- Providing individually-tailored, compassionate care for every
patient, from diagnosis through survivorship.
- Discovering new ways to prevent cancer.
- Developing new personalized cancer therapies.
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is on the leading edge of
discovering new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. With over
400 clinical trials currently in progress, we are searching for new
cures, standards of care, treatments and therapies for cancer.
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute became Oregon’s only
NCI-designated cancer center in 1997. The institute is known
internationally for its leadership in fighting cancer at the
molecular level. The most celebrated cancer discovery in a
generation—the targeted drug Gleevec—was developed at OHSU by
Brian J. Druker, M.D., the director of the OHSU Knight Cancer
Institute and JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research. Druker is also a
member of the National Academy of Sciences and a former Howard
Hughes Medical Investigator.
Druker has been recognized with numerous awards, including the
Sjöberg Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the
Warren Alpert Prize from Harvard Medical School, the Lasker-DeBakey
Award for Clinical Medical Research, the Japan Prize in Healthcare
and Medical Technology, the Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical
Science, and the Prince Mahidol Award for outstanding achievements
in medicine and public health worldwide. He has been elected to the
National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
To learn more visit: https://www.ohsu.edu/knight-cancer-institute
About CEDAR (Cancer Early Detection Advanced
The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) is a
collaborative organization within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
At CEDAR, our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the
earliest stage, because early detection saves lives. This is an
ambitious goal, one that requires diversity of perspectives,
creativity, and innovation. We are composed of 100+ chemists,
biomedical engineers, computationalists, clinicians and support
staff, conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research.
We fund our own research and centralize our resources and
support in order to accelerate discovery. We are an organization
that encourages researchers from any level, from graduate students
to senior scientists to faculty, to propose a project idea, secure
funding, and lead a project.
Our guiding principles inform everything we do. They inspire our
organizational structure, our research support, and our long-term
At CEDAR, we are changing how cancer research is done.
We conduct groundbreaking translational cancer research to help
improve the lives and health of our community. We have three major
societal aims: reduce cancer mortality and maintain a high quality
of life for patients; create a global early detection community;
and have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.
To learn more visit: https://www.ohsu.edu/knight-cancer-institute/cedar
OHSU is Oregon’s only public academic health center, and a
system of hospitals and clinics across Oregon and southwest
Washington. We are an institution of higher learning, with schools
of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and public health – with
a network of campuses and partners throughout Oregon. We are a
national research hub, with thousands of scientists developing
lifesaving therapies and deeper understanding. We are a statewide
economic engine and Portland’s largest employer. And as a public
organization, we provide services for the most vulnerable
Oregonians, and outreach to improve health in communities across
Across our missions of healing, teaching and discovery, we unite
some of the world’s brightest minds in a singular vision: to
rethink everything. We are creators of precision cancer medicine.
We are innovators of an education model that lets each student
forge a unique path. We are the top-rated health care provider in
We are also a community — one of different colors, genders,
orientations, cultures and interests. Each of us chose Oregon’s
lush forests and sapphire rivers. Each of us chose OHSU’s
relentless pursuit of new ideas. Together we are working toward a
cause bigger than any of us: to bring health and hope to all. To
learn more about OHSU Facts: https://www.ohsu.edu/about/ohsu-facts
To view OHSU’s Mission: https://www.ohsu.edu/about/ohsu-vision-mission-and-values
Diversity and Inclusion:
Over the University’s history, OHSU has grown into a world-class
teaching hospital and research center that educates, employs, and
cares for people from many cultures, belief systems, and
experiences. Diversity is vitally important to OHSU’s evolution as
a world-class health and science university. Being a diverse
institution creates an intellectually vibrant climate where a
variety of ideas and perspectives work together to foster
innovation. Diversity is key to maintaining a competitive workforce
advantage. Integrating diversity into all areas and all parts of
its mission is critical to OHSU’s strategic goal of being a great
organization, “diverse in people and ideas.” OHSU is dedicated to
improving the health and quality of life for all Oregonians through
excellence, innovation and leadership in healthcare, education,
research, and community outreach and recognizes that diversity of
people and ideas are essential to succeed and thrive. To learn more
about OHSU’s Anti-Racism Action Plan: https://www.ohsu.edu/about/ohsu-anti-racism-action-plan
While applications and nominations will be accepted until the
position is filled, parties who apply by January 5,
2022 will be given first consideration. All applications
and nominations will be held in confidence. Please submit a PDF
version of your CV/resume and a letter of interest explaining your
interest in and suitability for this position.
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Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and
culturally competent workforce. OHSU is proud of its 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