Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Faculty Positions in Tobacco Research

The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) of the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is seeking tobacco researchers to join our growing program. Applications are open for multiple faculty positions at the Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level and our leadership is interested in research with a focus in one of the following general areas:

  • Youth Tobacco Use and Prevention
  • Tobacco Policy
  • New and Emerging Tobacco Products / Tobacco Regulatory Science
  • Tobacco-Related Health Communications
  • Underserved and Difficult to Treat Populations: American Indians, pregnant women, individuals with mental illness, rural and low socioeconomic status 
  • Tobacco Treatment / Dissemination and Implementation

Rank and tenure eligibility to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful applicants at the Assistant Professor level will have a strong academic record, with evidence of scholarship and show strong promise in acquiring extramural funding. Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level should also have a strong record of extramural funding. Application review will begin in November 2017. Ideally, the positions will start in fall 2018; however, positions will remain open until filled.

The mission of the Oklahoma Tobacco Researcher Center is to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in Oklahoma through research that informs interventions and policies with a particular emphasis on addressing tobacco-related health disparities. The center provides an exceptional infrastructure for conducting multidisciplinary, community-based, laboratory, and clinical research. Its research and community outreach activities impact the entire state, with a special focus on the underserved such as Oklahoma’s large American Indian, rural and urban poor populations that experience higher rates of tobacco use and dependence.

Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top three cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored treatment trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 250 research members who are conducting more than 215 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $48.3 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

Oklahoma City is the anchor of a rapidly growing, multicultural metropolitan area with a population of 1.3 million, over 300 days of sunshine annually, very affordable cost of living, excellent schools and a wide array of cultural amenities.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide electronic copies (only) of a cover letter (stating qualifications, synopsis of professional goals, research interests), curriculum vitae, and email addresses for three references to Damon J. Vidrine, DrPH, at

The University of Oklahoma is an EO/AA Institution.  Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.