Job ID: 147781

Endowed Chair in Cancer Epidemiology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Oct. 16, 2020
  • Endowed Chair in Cancer Epidemiology
  • O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center (O’Neal) and the UAB School of Public Health
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Endowed Chair in Cancer Epidemiology

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center (O’Neal) and the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) Department of Epidemiology seek a dynamic scientist and leader in cancer epidemiology for the Caldwell Marks Chair. The Marks Chair will work with the O’Neal, SOPH, and Department of Epidemiology to strategically grow our research program in cancer epidemiology, including additional recruitments, and will work in an interdisciplinary research setting with significant opportunities to further develop and foster research collaborations campus-wide. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments, extramural research support, and mentoring and/or teaching experience to merit appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in the Department of Epidemiology. Eligible candidates must have an earned doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD, or MD) and formal training in epidemiology. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

Driven by an intensely collaborative and entrepreneurial character, UAB is one of the leading economic engines of the State, with a nearly $4 billion budget and a statewide economic impact exceeding $7 billion annually. UAB is Alabama’s largest employer with more than 23,000 employees; it supports more than 64,000 jobs statewide. Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $562 million in 2018, and UAB ranks in the top 10 for NIH funding among public universities. Faculty, staff, and students represent 100+ countries, and diversity and inclusiveness are at the very core of who we are.

The SOPH mission is to make positive and lasting change in the public’s health through the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service to the larger community. Founded in 1987, the SOPH has grown to over 80 faculty and 500 students. The SOPH consistently has over $30 million annually in research funding, with roughly half coming from NIH. The SOPH has been ranked in the top 20 NIH-funded Schools of Public Health for the last 10 years. Industry, the Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Medicaid, are also significant sponsors of SOPH research efforts. The school is home to several data coordinating centers, two long-standing NIH-funded cohort studies, REGARDS and CARDIA, as well as the new RURAL cohort. We offer masters and doctoral programs in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Behavior, and Health Care Organization and Policy, as well as a popular undergraduate major. The Department of Epidemiology has 21 faculty members, approximately 100 students in masters of public health and masters of science in public health programs, and 30 doctoral students. Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology focus on a wide variety of chronic and infectious diseases, using methods that range from omics to community based participatory research to analysis of large administrative data sources. Department faculty collaborate closely with researchers in the UAB School of Medicine, other UAB Schools, other departments within SOPH, and with research teams at other universities. This collaborative culture is facilitated by the UAB University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers, which include the O’Neal. More information about the UAB SOPH is available at:

The successful applicant will join one of the most prestigious comprehensive cancer centers in the country. The O’Neal was one of the first eight NCI-designated Cancer Centers in 1972 and has been continuously funded for 48 years. The UAB O’Neal has over 400 members conducting outstanding cancer research in Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Cancer Biology and Immunology, Experimental Therapeutics, and Neuro-Oncology research programs. Center members receive approximately $100 million in extramural cancer research funds annually, including multiple program project and large team science grants. The UAB O’Neal has 12 grant-supported research cores, 9 of which are institutional shared resource facilities. A robust clinical trial infrastructure currently supports nearly 200 cancer clinical trials. UAB is one of 42 institutions with an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, which supports translational research and creates a supportive environment that synergizes with the O’Neal to promote junior investigators. More information about the O’Neal is available at:

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

To apply for this position, please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your research interests and leadership experience at Review of applications will begin January 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information



New Search | Previous