Job Description

Open Rank of UNM Cancer Center in Molecular Medicine - Computational Biology Researcher

Posting Numberreq3283
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeOpen Rank
Hiring DepartmentDivision of Molecular Medicine (099X)
Academic LocationSchool of Medicine
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC), and the Department of Medicine, Division of Molecular Medicine, and the Department of Pathology at the UNM School of Medicine, invite applications from scientists who are experts in cancer-focused computational biology and integrative computational modeling, and informatics. While this faculty position is Open Rank, successful applicants will have a strong track record of research-focused academic accomplishments, with sustained peer-reviewed extramural funding (NIH, NCI, or equivalent) and impactful publications in high quality journals, and with experience in team science and highly collaborative multidisciplinary research teams. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take advantage of large complex data sets, including but not limited to human genome sequencing, transcriptomics and epigenetic data sets from multiple platforms and model systems; high-resolution single molecule, cellular, animal and human imaging data sets at multiple scales; and population science data (surveillance, cancer disparity patterns, epidemiology, behavioral, exposure) from large retrospective and prospective population cohorts. Many data sets include highly annotated patient clinical and outcome data, facilitating the development of computational models and algorithms predictive of response. This faculty member will nucleate interdisciplinary interactions between scientists and physicians at the UNMCCC and UNM School of Medicine with UNMCCC partners, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories with their large scale massively parallel computing infrastructure and outstanding teams of computational and informatics scientists. These collaborative interactions further enhance our ability to conduct computational, informatics, and systems biology research, inform clinical intervention strategies, and develop cutting-edge training programs for the next generation of cancer biologists and computational scientists. The successful applicant will also benefit from collaboration with several unique centers and programs at the UNMCCC including: The Molecular Discovery and High Throughput Target Screening Center (; one of the nation’s 6 Chemical Biology Consortium Centers of Excellence in The NCI NExT Program; and The New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling (, an NIGMS-funded National Center for Systems Biology. The UNMCCC is also a member of the ORIEN National Network of NCI Cancer Centers engaged in cancer sequencing, precision oncology, data sharing, cancer clinical trials and collaborative research ( Significant resources, including excellent salaries, comprehensive start-up packages, and potential for an endowed position, are available. Faculty rank and appointment will be commensurate with accomplishments. The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. The 134 oncology physicians, 122 cancer research scientists, and staff are particularly focused on discovering the causes and the cures for cancers that disproportionately affect the people of the American Southwest - primarily Hispanic, American Indian, and Non-Hispanic White - with strikingly different patterns of cancer incidence, mortality and disparity. The Center treated 12,000 unique patients in FY17, 15% of whom participated in therapeutic interventional studies and 35% of whom participated in interventional studies. The UNMCCC has outstanding research programs in Cancer Control and Cancer Health Disparities; Cancer Genetics, Epigenetics, and Genomics; Cancer Cell and Systems Biology; and Cancer Therapeutics. These programs house several national centers including: The Molecular Discovery and High Throughput Target Screening Center (, one of the nation’s 6 Chemical Biology Consortium Centers of Excellence in The NCI NExT Program; The New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling (, one of 13 NIH National Centers for Systems Biology; and a NIH Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Rich collaborations with UNMCCC partners (Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories; Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute) with unparalleled computing and technology infrastructure enrich our research endeavors. The UNMCCC is the center of a collaborative statewide cancer clinical trials and health delivery research network and is funded by a NCI NCORP Grant (Minority/Underserved), and is also a member of the ORIEN National Cancer Precision Medicine Network ( Center members have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Learn more at


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD or MD/PhD
  • Impactful publications in cancer-focused computational biology and sustained record of
    peer-reviewed funding;
  • Ability to collaborate with and/or lead teams with broad expertise in informatics, big data analysis and/or mathematical modeling related to clinical or translational cancer research; and
  • Must be work qualified in the U.S., (this is not a J-1 Visa opportunity.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in predictive modeling of tumorigenesis or cancer-focused signaling pathways;
  • Interest in developing novel modeling approaches to understand therapeutic response and resistance.
  • Experience in education, training and mentoring and a commitment to building training programs and research interactions focused on the use of computational approaches that address cancer-related topics; and
  • Commitment to participation in team science initiatives and multi-investigator, programmatic grant.
Application InstructionsComplete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with mailing address, phone numbers and email address.For all inquiries or questions, please contact:Search Chair: Bridget Wilson, PhD

Dr. Yan Guo, PhD

or Search Coordinator: Amanda Leigh at

or 505-272-2201.
For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by . This position will remain open until filled.

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