Research Assistant Professor-HCC

210316 Requisition #

The Research Assistant Professor (RAP), non-tenure track, will perform complex research relevant to cancer biology and other pro-inflammatory conditions. The RAP is a key member of the Lynch Comprehensive Cancer Research Center (LCCRC) and will lead research investigating the efficacy of novel high-impact antitumorigenic/anti-inflammatory therapeutic agents. S/He will employ in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo models to determine biological mechanisms associated with development and progression of cancer and other pro-inflammatory conditions.

The RAP is expected to be fully independent, in alignment with the research priorities of the LCCRC Director, in performing essential experiments including cell culture, animal (i.e., murine) studies, tissue processing/analysis, ELISA, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, Next Gen Sequencing and qPCR). S/He is expected to be comfortable and competent following all applicable biosafety regulations in working with biospecimens (blood, cells, plasma, tissue) deemed necessary for all assigned research. The RAP will teach applicable courses, seminars, and mentor students and technicians in respective research activities including manuscript and grant preparation and submission.

The RAP will be capable of serving as an Investigator on existing research and will be expected to formulate hypotheses, secure new research funding, and serve as PI on his/her funded research. 

This position is 100% grant funded.

This position will work normal business hours.  Please note, depending upon research position may require evening, weekend, and holiday work.  

Potential candidates for a Research Assistant Professor are encouraged to review the Faculty Handbook at:

A Ph.D. is required; Master's Degree is unacceptable. 
Candidates with a strong background in molecular immunology and/or molecular biology including Bioinformatics/Biostatistics are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Essential Qualifications: 
Exceptional skills in cell culture models (BSL2+). 
Experience with biopsy tissue processing and analysis is strongly preferred. 
Comfortable working with BSL2+ biospecimens from patients and animals. 
Flow cytometry, ELISA, immunofluorescence, Next Gen sequencing, qRT-PCR, Western Blot, and other molecular biology techniques. 

Preferred Qualifications (not required): 
Mouse experience (phlebotomy, surgery) and experience in Bioinformatics/Biostatistics. 
Studies in advanced animal models or transition of work for certain experiments to higher biosafety levels (after applicable training) may be required. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 
Lead existing research projects regarding experimental design, execution and analysis, teach applicable courses, and guide/mentor students. 
Establish independent research projects, present at scientific meetings, and author peer-reviewed publications. 
Demonstrate effective grantsmanship; secure competitive funding. 
Form part of multidisciplinary research collaborations; leverage synergy across laboratories; facilitate investigation of highly innovative and underexplored questions. 
Contribute to training/supervising students and technicians. 
Participate in oversight of maintenance of the laboratory.

A Doctorate or Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
2-4 years prior teaching experience.
Ability to foster learning, development, and decision making in support of department goals, success, wellness, and needs.
Strong interpersonal skills (verbal and written) with the ability to develop rapport quickly and effectively with a diversity of populations.
Empathy and compassion for the experiences of others.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a small team.
Physical Requirements:
Seeing: 75 – 100%
Hearing: 75-100%
Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 25-49%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 0-24% (pound: 15 lbs.)
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: 75 – 100%
Travel: Yes (less than 10%) 
Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: Yes
Working with Animals:  Yes
AAP/EEO Statement:
Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.
Disclosure Statement:
This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.


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