Faculty, Cancer Health Equity Research Program

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

  • Location: Lexington, KY

Grant Cooper, an executive search firm, is seeking Faculty for the Cancer Health Equity Research Program at the UK College of Medicine.

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine is seeking Assistant, Associate, or Full Professors for Regular Title Series tenure track, full-time (12 months) positions at the Markey Cancer Center (MCC) and in the newly established Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET).

Position Overview

The College of Medicine seeks health equity researchers with a dynamic, productive agenda to eliminate inequities in cancer prevention and control. Priority will be given to behavioral scientists, particularly those with expertise in intervention, dissemination, and implementation science, at all career stages. This position is part of a university-college-wide interdisciplinary cluster hire in health equity. The ideal candidate will have NIH-funded research or very strong promise of such funding; maintain a focus on rural or other vulnerable populations; aspire to engage in research mentorship; and contribute to a vibrant environment of scholars from the behavioral sciences, public health, social sciences, communication, health services research, biomedical informatics, health sciences (nursing, medicine, nutrition, etc.), and other departments.

Kentuckians suffer tremendous health inequities — among the highest rates of the nation’s leading causes of cardiovascular disease, cancer, substance abuse, diabetes, and obesity — many of which are preventable or manageable. The burden of these health challenges falls disproportionately on rural, racial/ethnic and sexual minorities, and lower socioeconomic status groups.

A confluence of circumstances optimize the present time to bring together essential resources to combat this situation, including the Kentucky legislature’s major investment in a health disparities research facility ($265 million research building to open in 2018); implementation of UK’s strategic plan (emphasizing these substantive focal areas, community engagement, inclusivity, and transdisciplinary research); new calls from foundations and federal funding agencies to improve health equity; and a growing critical mass of stellar UK researchers with health equity-focused research and training successes interested in joining forces. All UK benchmarks and aspirational universities have made significant investments in health equity research and training. The UK Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) will also help in attracting and retaining traditionally underrepresented students and faculty. It’s mission is to build and enhance innovative, transdisciplinary and impactful research and training designed to improve the health of the most vulnerable residents of Kentucky and beyond.

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Behavioral Sciences, Public Health, Social Sciences, Communication, Health Services Research, Biomedical Informatics, Health Sciences, or other related fields. Training and experience in intervention, dissemination, and implementation science and health equity is strongly desired. The successful candidate must have demonstrated research experience in the fields of cancer control and prevention.