Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 20, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Research Professor

Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: Biodesign Institute: Biodesign MDB



Tempe, Arizona


Open Date

May 19, 2022



The Biodesign Center of Molecular Design and Biomimetics at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona invites applications for a research track faculty position at the level of Research Assistant Professor. The successful candidate is expected to support multiple cancer research projects focused on colon, pancreatic, liver and breast cancer treatment, with a particular focus on guiding mixed methods research and addressing research questions related to the relationship of self-assembling drug to cancer treatment.


Essential Duties:

  • Establish cellular mechanism research of antitumor efficacy to evaluate the self-assembly DNA nanostructure drug or drug delivery nanoparticles.
  • Establish animal metastasis model of pancreatic, colorectal, and breast cancer.
  • Provides research support, imaging advice, technical guidance, and maintain complex collaborations with researchers across the medical colleges and hospital.
  • Trains and manages a team of graduate students, postdocs, undergraduate researchers and volunteers to maintain cell cultures and perform tasks in Cancer Biology and Molecular Pathology.
  • Ensures that the graduate students have effective administrative policies and procedures following both University and Environmental Health and Safety guidelines.
  • Write grants to support research in DNA nanotechnology for cancer research applications.
  • Perform cell culture, Western Blot analysis, Flow cytometry, ELISA, and HALO assay
  • Perform animal model of cancer metastasis, tumor xenograft, and evaluate the antitumor efficacy of self-assemble DNA nanostructure drug in vivo.


Working Environment:

  • Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to manage conflict: to interact in a team environment: and to communicate through verbal and written work.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating; a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distance to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and / or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.
  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes and respirator.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in cancer biology, molecular pathology, or related field
  • Prior research experience


Desired Qualifications:

  • Expertise in cancer research as demonstrated in publication record 
  • Expertise in designing qualitative data collection and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data 
  • Strong track record of first- and co-authored publications
  • Postdoctoral training in cellular mechanism of carcinogenesis, metastasis of cancers or related field desirable
  • Original written editorial content and edit commission content, in the form of views articles, editorials, reviews, and other content.


Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in their application through the Interfolio website: Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

Application deadline is June 20, 2022.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

For the seventh year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all seven years the category has existed.

The Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimicry is one of 17 research centers at the Biodesign Institute. Its research will complement the institute’s mission to overcome complex global challenges by creating bio-inspired solutions in biomedicine and health outcomes, sustainability and national security. 

The Center for Molecular Design and Biomimicry uses nature’s design rules as an inspiration in advancing biomedical, energy and electronics innovation through self-assembling molecules to create intelligent materials for better component control and for synthesis into higher-order systems. 

Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit

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