Oregon Health & Science University

Associate Director of Population Sciences, Associate Professor / Professor

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Division of Oncological Sciences - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Knight Cancer Institute, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, aims to be the workplace of choice nationally and internationally for individuals to reach their potential and perform the most innovative research, education, and care in service to our patients, students, workforce, and community. We inform our work by the needs and the input of our geographically and racially diverse state and strive for a mission-driven work environment; diverse in people and ideas, equitable in opportunities, and promotes a climate of respect and trust. We instill these principles throughout our workplace culture, clinical care, educational programs, community engagement, and research activities. We expect all Knight Cancer Institute employees, faculty, and staff, to support this aim and demonstrate these principles in their daily interactions.


The Knight includes the Division of Oncological Science (DOS), which provides an academic home for cross-disciplinary cancer researchers that leverages team science and collaboration (https://www.ohsu.edu/oncological-sciences). DOS consists of four sections representing research areas and scientific disciplines that support innovation and translation of discovery to impact cancer patients and the broader population we serve. The Cancer Population Science (CPS) section of DOS is committed to addressing the most challenging cancer prevention and control problems in populations with or at risk of cancer and across the translational continuum. CPS includes researchers interested in studying genetics, behaviors, and exposures at a population level that increase the risk of developing cancer and conducting cancer prevention and control intervention studies with individuals, communities, healthcare systems, and populations. CPS researchers collaborate with basic, clinical, and population health researchers. Co-location with other sections in DOS fosters dynamic collaborations. At the same time, shared resources across the Knight Cancer Institute and OHSU provide abundant access to state-of-the-art tools, approaches, and cohorts for innovative science.  

Function/Duties of Position

The Associate Director (AD) of Population Sciences serves to develop and shape population science relevant to the mission of the Knight Cancer Institute. The AD is part of the Knight senior leadership team of esteemed scientists and oversees the strategic vision of the Knight’s population science research programs. This comprehensive vision for population-based research in cancer builds on the Knight’s existing strengths and advances the overall mission of the Knight. Exciting research areas rich for collaboration include cancer and aging, cancer and the microbiome, cancer symptom science, digital technology, and eHealth. Areas of potential growth include adding faculty with expertise in epidemiology, genetics, behavioral science, implementation science, and community-engaged research. Research with underserved populations, particularly Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native, is also a focused development area.


The AD will promote securing multi-investigator grants and identify and develop resources to advance cancer prevention and control research. To achieve this vision, the AD will partner closely with the co-leaders of the Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program and the AD for Community, Outreach, and Engagement (COE).


Established scientists or physician-scientists engaged in cancer prevention and control research, including epidemiology, behavioral science, survivorship, health outcomes research, health disparities, and implementation science, are encouraged to apply.


Ideal candidates will possess exceptional leadership skills, the ability to secure national cancer research grants, and a track record of developing successful multidisciplinary teams. A strong appreciation for team science and experience fostering research across basic, clinical, and population research programs is highly desirable.


Goals and expectations:

The AD of Population Sciences will:

  • Bring a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts already underway and contribute to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across CPS.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on population sciences in the Knight Cancer Institute workplace
  • Represent the Knight’s population sciences efforts when working with entities at OHSU and with community leaders across the state of Oregon.
  • Serve on the Knight Senior Leadership Team as a leader, advocate, and liaison for cancer prevention and control research members.
  • Maintain extramural funding as PI on a population science-focused program of research

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of OHSU’s population sciences programs and approaches, and ensure the Knight’s work is in support/alignment with the broader institution.
  • To ensure the Knight meets research, personnel, and population science objectives, provide strategic direction to key stakeholders.
  • Advise Senior Leadership Team on best practices for talent management, recruitment, hiring, and onboarding team members in population sciences.
  • Annually review and evaluate the Knight Cancer Institute’s population science initiatives in conjunction with the Knight Director and Operations team to address Knight’s stated population science goals.
  • In collaboration with the Knight’s Communications team, provide recommendations for internal and external messaging supporting population science principles.
  • Cultivate relationships with relevant organizations and agencies with which the Knight might engage in research initiatives.
  • As requested, contribute to evaluating and revising the Knight’s policies and procedures.
  • Lead population science program development and management, including comprehensive analysis and reporting of key metrics and outcomes.
  • Serve as an expert on NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Guidelines and institutional policies pertaining to population sciences.
  • Contribute to the annual progress report for CCSG renewals in non-competing years. Every five years, actively engage in preparation for the CCSG competitive renewal written application, participate in developing the CCSG budget, and participate in oral and/or poster presentations.

In addition to primary responsibilities, there are shared responsibilities as a member of the Knight leadership team as outlined below:

  • Attend Knight Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC) meetings, Program Leaders meetings, retreats, and other key Knight meetings as appropriate for a senior cancer institute leader;
  • Work with the Knight Director and other Knight leaders in periodic review and updating of the Knight’s mission, vision, and values;
  • Work with the Knight Director and other Knight leaders in periodic review, updating, and aligning of the Knight’s strategic initiatives and goals;
  • Work with the Knight Director and other Knight leaders to recruit key faculty members to OHSU and the Knight;
  • Work with the Knight Director and others on program development;
  • Participate in CCSG renewals, other significant P30 grant requests, and accreditation activities; and,
  • Personally represent or delegate representation of the Knight at various OHSU meetings and in external settings as assigned by the Knight Director and within the AD’s available capacity.

Required Qualifications

Faculty candidates (PhD, DrPH, MD, or MD/PhD) must:

  1. Be at the Associate level or higher with appropriate post-doctoral training or experience in an area of cancer population sciences. MD candidates who wish to practice must be board-certified and eligible to practice in Oregon.
  2. Must have an established track record of scientific accomplishments with extramural peer-reviewed funding or senior experience in governmental or other agencies focused on cancer population sciences.
  3. Must have demonstrated administrative and leadership experience.
  4. Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Additional Details

Application Requirements:

The Cancer Center has retained Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare, a national search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the AD. Please direct confidential inquiries, nominations, and other questions to Kendra.thompson@merritthawkins.com. To apply, please upload the following:

  1. Institutional CV with a complete bibliography and history of external funding
  2. Letter of interest outlining key experiences and relevant accomplishments

Selected candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three references to provide letters of recommendation.


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All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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