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Open Rank of UNMCCC in IM Molecular Medicine - RNA Biologist

Posting Numberreq11161
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
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 NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) invites applications for faculty in the areas of; gene expression, transcriptional regulatory and alternative splicing mechanisms relevant to cancer; the biology and role of noncoding RNAs in cancer development and/or progression; and functional genomics (including investigators employing CRISPR/CAS or other functional genomic screening technologies). We seek highly interactive basic and translational scientists to join a vibrant and highly collaborative research community based in the UNMCCC Cancer Genetics, Epigenetics, and Genomics Research Program whose members are engaged in research spanning from basic laboratory discovery to translational and clinical science. While these positions are Open Rank, Tenure Track, and open to both junior and senior investigators, successful applicants will have a strong track record of scientific accomplishment exemplified by peer-reviewed funding (NCI, NIH, or other agencies), high quality publications, and collaborative research. A strong cancer research focus is essential. Significant resources, including excellent salaries, comprehensive start-up packages, and endowed positions, 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 Cancer Center within a 500-mile radius. The UNMCCC has undergone a decade of remarkable growth and development and is now home to the Southwest’s largest team of cancer physicians and scientists. One of 49 premier Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide, the UNMCCC has 130 board-certified oncology physicians and surgeons who care for over 60 percent of New Mexicans diagnosed with cancer. Through its statewide cancer clinical trials network, considered an “exemplary national model for cancer clinical trials and health care delivery research,” the UNMCCC offers access to over 200 clinical trials. Over 100 research-intensive faculty comprise our 3 NCI-CCSG Research Programs ( We have outstanding shared resources for research including state of the art genomics and next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, tissue banking and analysis, advanced microscopy and cell imaging core and animal models ( The UNMCCC is also a member of the ORIEN National Network of NCI Cancer Centers engaged in precision oncology, data sharing, cancer clinical trials and collaborative research ( Focused on discovering the causes and the cures for cancers disproportionately affecting the multi-ethnic peoples of the American Southwest, the UNMCCC has developed new diagnostics and treatments for leukemia, and cancers of the breast, lung, ovary, prostate, liver, pancreas, brain, and melanoma. Learn more at


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD or MD/PhD; or equivalent advanced degree
  • Impactful publications in cancer-related transcriptional regulation, functional genomics and/or RNA biology and metabolism;
  • Track record of and/or potential for sustained peer-reviewed funding; and
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong track record of sustained peer-reviewed funding in the relevant areas of science (senior applicants) or strong potential to develop a successful research program (junior applicants);
  • Expertise in cancer-focused investigations;
  • Commitment to building research interactions that address cancer-related topics affecting the special populations in the New Mexico catchment area;
  • Experience in education, training and mentoring and a commitment to building training programs; and
  • Commitment to participation in team science initiatives and multi-investigator, programmatic grants.
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 Chairs: Scott Ness, Ph.D. (

) 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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