Assistant/Associate Professor in Cancer Biology
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
United States

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Cancer Biology

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB; in conjunction with the Cancer Center ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks outstanding applicants for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor position in the field of cancer biology.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference by hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit .

The school of MCB seeks candidates who will develop a vibrant and independent research program to study cancer biology at the molecular, cellular, or organismal level. Topics may include, but are not limited to cancer stem cell biology, tumor metabolism, and tumor micro-environment, and impact of cellular stress, signaling, genomic instability, nuclear organization epigenetic modifications and RNA genome and RNA modifications on cancer development, progression, metastasis and/or resistance.  The school of MCB and the Cancer Center at Illinois are especially interested in candidates applying a combination of cutting-edge approaches to animal models in order to gain fundamental and mechanistic insights into the development and progression of cancer. Some of the approaches include the use of single-cell genomics and/or live-cell imaging methodologies to study in vivo cancer and stromal cell dynamics. Additional strategies may incorporate bioinformatics and/or multi-omics methodologies to determine gene regulatory pathways, and therapeutic targets associated with different cancers.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D or equivalent degree in biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, microbiology, molecular and integrative physiology, or closely related field,  have an excellent track record of research creativity and productivity, and strong potential for future independent research. The target starting date is August 16, 2021, and the salary is competitive. Successful candidates will be located in one of four departments within the School of MCB: Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology or Molecular and Integrative Physiology, depending on the specific area of interest and expertise, and will be eligible for membership of the Cancer Center at Illinois.  The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research, participate in our undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, and teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The position offers excellent laboratory facilities, relocation and start-up funds, and opportunities to work with outstanding graduate students.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus offers state-of-the-art research facilities and programs and collaborative initiatives that include the Cancer Center at Illinois, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, and multiple student training grants, as well as facilities for high-throughput screening, including high-throughput small molecule screening, flow cytometry and sorting, next generation sequencing and single-cell genomics, multi-model biomedical imaging (super-resolution microscopy, cryoEM, in vitro and in vivo imaging, including the 9.4 T MRI for small animals), tumor engineering and phenotyping, transgenic mice, proteomics, and metabolomics.

Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life paired with a low cost of living. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received top rankings by Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education for its pre-tenure practices in balancing work and home life: .  The University of Illinois has an active and successful dual career for academic couples program.

To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through and upload your application cover letter, curriculum vitae, concise summary of past research accomplishments, statement of future research plans, and contact information for three professional references by March 15, 2021. Applicants are highly encouraged to include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship have contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will promote the University of Illinois' and the College of LAS' commitment to diversity.

Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Although early applications are appreciated and interviews may be conducted before the closing date, hiring decisions will not be made until after the closing date. Questions can be addressed to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 217-244-8116 or email: (Ms. Delynn Carter).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Assistant or Associate Professor in Cancer Biology - School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (141034)

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