Employment Opportunity

Director of Free Radical & Radiation Biology Research Program

University of Iowa

Type: Senior Faculty

Primary Research Area: Cancer

Location: Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Salary Range: Over $175,000


The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is seeking a Director of the Division of Free Radical and Radiation Biology (FRRBP). The successful candidate would be appointed at the rank of associate professor or professor on the tenure track based on qualifications and would join 7 faculty within the division. The FRRBP Director’s responsibilities include maintaining a successful extramurally supported research program centered around metabolism, free radical science, or radiation biology in cancer, overseeing research faculty and staff and directing the graduate education program. There is an opportunity for membership in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) and leadership opportunities within the HCCC are substantial.

The main objectives of the FRRBP Division are to broaden basic and translational research knowledge in redox metabolism, cancer biology, and radiation treatment. The program has advanced fundamental knowledge of radiation and free radical biology for over 70 years. It has conferred over 120 doctoral degrees impacting radiation and free radical research worldwide. The program has maintained a T32 grant for training the next generation of radiation scientists for more than 25 years and has been a leader in physician scientist training through the Holman Pathway radiation oncology residency. The FRRBP Division is one of three divisions in the Department, with the Clinic and Medical Physics being the other two. There are 13 faculty radiation oncologists and 15 faculty medical physicists in the Department.

The Department of Radiation Oncology has a strong track record for translating basic science discoveries to early phase clinical trials, and significant infrastructure exists to enable continued success. The Department has four research nurses, a clinical trials research specialist, a grants administrator, and a creative media specialist to support research, grant application preparation and administration, and manuscript preparation and submission. Cohesion with the Clinic and the Medical Physics divisions has enabled translational research success and is a sustained Departmental strength. The clinic has 3 standard linear accelerators, an Elekta Unity 1.5-Tesla MRI linac, a Gamma Knife Icon stereotactic radiosurgery system, a comprehensive brachytherapy program, a PET/CT scanner, and a 3-Tesla MRI scanner. Research facilities for human subjects are tremendous including a 7-Tesla MRI scanner, a 3-Tesla MRI scanner, and a PET/CT scanner. Research facilities for small animals include an XStrahl Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP), XStrahl CIX3 cabinet irradiator, 7T MRI, microPET, microCT, and optical imaging systems.

All three divisions and multiple colleges are involved in setting up the Midwest FLASH Lab, which is expected to be online in 2024 and will have a research-dedicated 9 MeV FLASH electron linear accelerator in a research vault.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core principles of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. We believe that diversity of backgrounds brings new perspectives and insights, stimulates innovation, and promotes scientific discovery. We are committed to providing opportunities to individuals who share these principles.

Iowa City is a vibrant community located in the rolling hills of southeastern Iowa, with a population of about 75,000. The city and university are part of a historic campus community offering an array of cultural and athletic activities, including outstanding theater and music venues, well-recognized art collections, a thriving literary tradition, ethnically diverse restaurants, and a full menu of Big Ten sports. Iowa City has the diverse atmosphere of a much larger city while having the feel of a small friendly campus town, with excellent schools. The area has a multitude of recreation areas, with many hiking and biking trails as well as water related activities. Location is approximately 4-5 hours by car from Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City and within 20 minutes of the Eastern Iowa airport. To apply for this position please visit http://jobs.uiowa.edu, requisition #74684.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree(s) in an associated field. A successful track record of cancer-focused extramural funding is required. Successful track record of teaching and mentoring graduate students is required. Demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment is required. Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, and students is required.

Desirable Qualifications: leadership experience and history of collaboration with other scientific teams.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For best consideration, please apply before December 31, 2022.
Please see http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/radiationoncology/ for more information on the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

For more information, please contact:

Joleen Timm
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
United States