Assistant Professor of Research - Pediatric Oncology

Atrium Health

Charlotte, NC, United States

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant Professor is to develop a basic/translational research program in cancer and stem cell transplant immunobiology in collaboration with physicians.


Department Specific Job Description:

The Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders program at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC is seeking a PhD group lead and senior basic scientist to develop the molecular biology research program in cancer and/or stem cell transplant immunobiology and inflammasomes. Three to five years initial full salary and research support are available for an experienced candidate to develop externally-funded basic/translational science initiatives focused on solving clinical problems for pediaric stem cell transplant and oncology patients, together with the eleven physician faculty in Pediatric BMT, oncology, and hematology, and basic science colleagues on this campus. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) complications after HSCT including viral and other infections, thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), and graft vs host disease (GVHD); immune reconstitution, immunodeficiencies, and tumor immunology and microenviroment, with a goal of development of novel clinical diagnostics and assays and/or theraputic approaches.

The group lead would join and collaborate as part of a robust and growing basic / translational science program at Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute at Atrium Health, housed in newly constructed basic science research space. The basic / translational research program has sophisticated core facilities in both molecular biology and immunology (including next generation sequencing and multiplex proteomics), animal facilities, and a world class clinical trials program. The ideal candidate would bring lead experience in mass cytometry or other emerging immunology technologies to complement and synergize with existing capabilities on this campus; resources to establish these new capabilities are available. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of productivity in research and extramural funding; experience with clinical trials a plus.

The eleven physician faculty of the pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders program at Levine Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric hematology/oncology division (and the only pediatric stem cell transpant program) for the four-million people of the rapidly-growing Charlotte metropolitan area, western North Carolina, and northern South Carolina. The program sees over one hundred new diagnoses and peforms twenty-thirty stem cell transplants annually, and is a member of COG, BMT-CTN, and multiple other national clinical research and Phase I consortia, and collaborations with multiple regional academic medical centers. Levine Children’s Hospital is the flagship pediatric hospital for Atrium Health, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the United States. Charlotte, NC is among the fastest growing large cities in America and is repeatedly ranked among “Best Places to Live” surveys.


Essential Functions



  • Conduct and participate in the planning and development of a variety of research projects.
  • Collaborate on appropriate departmental and facility projects as assigned by leadership.
  • Collaborate and interact with investigators at other local, regional, national, and international institutions.
  • Foster and maintain collegial interactions with and supervision of residents, fellows, technical team members, physicians, faculty, students, research fellows, and visiting scientists.
  • Produce and analyze experimental data, writes progress reports, writes manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and prepares abstracts for presentation of results at local, national, and international scientific meetings.
  • Develop, write, and submit grant proposals for intra- and extra-mural funding.
  • Develop and maintain a vigorous, cutting-edge, externally-funded program in relevant research.



Physical Requirements

Works in a fast-paced research and administrative environment. This position requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, lift, speak, hear, and use telephone. Is responsible for working in a safe manner.

Education, Experience and Certifications

Ph.D. degree in a relevant field required with evidence of relevant publications. Track record of external funding preferred but not required. Could be recent graduate, but 3 years experience preferred.

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