Senior Scientist
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The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are comprised of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.

CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We at CEDAR are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism to build a successful organization by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires unproven, out-of-the-box thinking. Our research is milestone-driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.

As a Senior Scientist in the area of the biology of early cancer you will work to develop major scientific project initiatives in the laboratory and aid in overseeing the implementation and execution of identified research projects. The CEDAR research programs continue to gain mechanistic understanding and further technology development for early cancer detection and treatment. Our goals are to rapidly develop and translate novel assays/techniques/tests/treatments into the clinic via clinical trials and/or new companies.

Example areas in the biology of early cancer of interest to CEDAR include but are not limited to:
Organoid model systems to investigate the genesis of early cancers in specific tissues
Impact of the tumor ecosystem and microenvironment on benign to lethal tumor transitions
Characterization of intrinsic properties of early cancer cells through single cell omics platforms
Changing immune response in early transitions to lethal cancers
“Humanized” murine models of early cancer genesis and progression

Primary Responsibilities:
Leading and executing collaborative research projects focusing on assay or technology development that advances cancer early detection research.
Supervising and providing guidance and mentorship to trainees and other researchers at various levels within CEDAR.
Designing and directing or executing experiments; and establishing robust laboratory procedures and systems.
Contribute to and build CEDAR’s culture of team science, including demonstrating CEDAR’s guiding principles

Required Qualifications:
Education: Doctoral degree in a relevant field and >10 years of relevant post-doctoral work experience.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):
Exceptional expertise in their research field
Outstanding publication record, patent record, or translational experience.
Extensive mentoring of junior staff.
Ability to thrive within a matrixed environment and to hold both self and team members accountable for progress towards goals
Considered by team members as
an essential part of team
Leadership in serving as a boundary spanner, working to connect concepts across teams, and integrating multiple perspectives into a project
Models for others thoughtful risk taking, managing conflict, seeking help when needed, fostering inclusion, share lessons learned, and to pivot projects when new information makes a new path advisable

Preferred Qualifications:
At least 4 years of supervisory and project management experience
Experience in cancer research.
Expertise in early cancer detection research

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Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
Ref Code: 2021-11161

Contact Information
David Langton
[email protected]
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd mailcode KR-ADM
Portland, 97239