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Faculty jobs at independent cancer-research centers

8/16/2019 1:09:18 PM

Last week, we brought you a roundup of tenure-track faculty jobs and resources to help you prepare for an academic career. Since then, at least three more academic faculty positions have been posted to the ASBMB job board, so be sure to check out those as well.  

Also, the August edition of the ASBMB Today magazine is now live. It contains a special careers issue that’s packed full of amazing science-career advice, from why you need a business card to what career prospects exist for life scientists. (For a personal take on how this issue can shed light on your own career trajectory, check out this Twitter thread by Daniel Pham in ASBMB's public affairs office. 

One of these articles is written by Erica Gobrogge, postdoctoral affairs specialist at Van Andel Institute, who covers why you should consider a career at an independent research institution. She points out that IRIs employ scientists for all the same roles as in academia, including faculty members. She further highlights some of the benefits to working at an IRI, such as more institutional support, a highly collaborative research environment and specialized research foci.

Gobrogge's article is a good reminder for those on the academic job market to think about expanding their search parameters to include nonacademic institutions. As an example of a faculty job at an IRI, the Van Andel Research Institute recently launched the Center for Neurodegenerative Science, which has an opening for an open-rank faculty position in neurodegenerative disease.  

Be sure to also read this previous post for tips on how to locate potential employers.

We also want to mention that a subset of IRIs is cancer research centers. To find listings of freestanding institutes focused on cancer research, see these lists of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers, Association of American Cancer Institutes members and National Comprehensive Cancer Network members.

For this week’s post, we reviewed the job boards of some of the independent cancer-research centers for faculty positions. Here’s what we found.

Weekly jobs roundup

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Sloan Kettering Institute
    Open call for faculty across multiple program areas
    *
    (Application deadline is Oct. 15.)
    *Research program areas include: cancer biology and genetics; cell biology; chemical biology; computational and systems biology; developmental biology; immunology; molecular biology; molecular pharmacology; and structural biology.   

Bonus job posting

Previously, when we covered the topic of faculty jobs outside academia, we mentioned that NIH research centers and institutes hire for tenure-track/tenure-eligible investigator positions. Right now, the NIH Intramural Research Program website lists out multiple positions in the areas of epidemiology, chemical biology and genomics, in addition to the trans-NIH Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator program. (Note: The ASBMB job board has an additional posting for a tenure-track position in chemical physics that is not yet listed on the NIH IRP website.)

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Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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Tenure-track faculty job roundup

8/9/2019 3:51:57 PM

On your marks, get set, apply! The fall faculty-hiring season is off to a steady start. And, if you’re on the academic job hunt, know that the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has got you covered. In addition to the ASBMB job board, the society provides a number of useful resources to help you prepare for a successful academic career and land your first job. Here’s an overview of what’s available.  

  • At the ASBMB careers blog, we previously have featured info on how to find faculty jobs at a range of institutions, from community colleges and minority-serving institutions to places outside academia (e.g., government agencies, nonprofit institutes). Be sure to check out all the related posts below for relevant resources. Another recent blog post includes a list of job boards for academic searches.   
  • If you’re looking at a faculty career, it’s a good idea to brush up on your science-communication skills and learn how to present complex materials to different audiences like introductory-science students. The ASBMB’s Art of Science Communication course helps you do just that. Registration for the fall session of this online course will open on Sept. 3.  
  • Additionally, as a faculty member, you’ll likely have some teaching responsibilities, and, even more so, if you work at a primarily undergraduate institution. The ASBMB has concept-driven teaching materials in biochemistry and molecular biology available for undergraduate instruction. This information can help you prepare for interviews and related application materials (e.g., teaching statement), plus facilitate the design and evaluation of any teaching curriculum or lab activities in the future.  
  • If you are interested in primarily working with undergraduate students, you may want to learn more about the ASBMB accreditation program, which recognizes departments that uphold the highest standards of excellence and innovation in BMB education. New programs are accredited on an annual basis (deadline of Oct. 1) based on merit in various areas (i.e., curriculum, institution and faculty). The list of accredited schools may be a good reference to find institutions that have a strong core program in BMB.  

For this week’s jobs roundup, here is a quick reference list of recent faculty postings on the ASBMB job board, plus a few additional jobs shared by ASBMB staff. The postings are grouped by September and October application deadlines. Note: The asterisks below indicate which departments (i.e., Penn State, Texas Tech and Villanova University) also have ASBMB-accredited BMB undergraduate programs.


Weekly jobs roundup
 

September deadlines


October deadlines

Other teaching faculty positions
The ASBMB job board also includes a number of other academic positions that focus more on teaching careers. For example, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is hiring a faculty member in biochemistry for its medical school. Additionally, the University of New Haven is hiring a lecturer or visiting assistant professor in biochemistry and marine biology. Check out these job listings for more details.

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Science careers at HBCUs
Science careers at independent research institutes

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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Summer 2019 blog recap

8/1/2019 6:27:42 PM

It’s time for another careers blog recap to help you catch up on all the latest posts. Some of the recent topics covered were directly inspired from conversations we had with early-career scientists at the ASBMB annual meeting this year. As examples, many were interested in learning more about industry postdoc programs and research careers at independent research institutes.  

And, ICYMI, we started a series on how to develop a comprehensive job-search strategy. The first post in the series includes a master list of job boards that we have used to find jobs for the careers blog, with some pro-tips on how to do effective searches. The second post focuses on how to find out who the key players (i.e., potential employers) are within a specific research field by looking at the list of sponsors for a scientific meeting. We used the upcoming ASBMB meeting on mass spectrometry and proteomics as a case study for that post.  

See below for a compiled list of posts from the past four months. Stay tuned for next week’s post, which will include a roundup of tenure-track research and faculty jobs.  

Careers blog recap  

April 2019  

May 2019  

June 2019  

July 2019  

Past blog recaps  

Spring 2019: Careers blog and annual meeting recap (January–March 2019)

2018: the year in review (October–December 2018 and top posts from 2018)

Fall 2018: Career resources and blog recap (July–September 2018)

Playing summer catch-up (April–June 2018)

Recap and random advice (January–March 2018)

Rock your year-end science accomplishments (top posts from 2017)

Careers blog recap and annual meeting reminders (September–November 2017)

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

Stay updated on new posts by following the ASBMB on social media or click “follow” on this blog (must be a member and signed in). Also, be sure to check out the ASBMB Job Board for even more job listings.