Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Director, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summary of Opportunity

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is initiating a search for a Director to lead the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology. The mission of the Fels Institute is to carry out state of the art research and training in cancer-related basic, translational and clinical research. Current research has a focus in biological, biochemical, genetic and epigenetic sciences, with progressive extension into the areas of molecular, developmental and chemical biology to advance novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The selected individual will be expected to provide leadership to the Institute in both academic and administrative areas and to oversee its future growth. The successful candidate will also hold a primary appointment at a senior level in one of the Schools Basic Science or Clinical Departments. The position will also include the ability to recruit new investigators to enhance the research activities of the Institute and School.

This is a full time, tenure track, faculty position in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and reports to the Sr. Associate Dean of Research. Minimum qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. and/or a M.D. /Ph.D., a distinguished record of scientific research in the area of cancer biology is preferred. Areas of research could include cancer biology/genetics, medical oncology or immunotherapy. The successful applicant should have a sustained record of extramural funding, administrative skills and a commitment to graduate and medical student education. Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to lead and manage a multifaceted Department or Research Center. The level of faculty appointment will be commensurate with the experience and academic achievement of the selected candidate.

The Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology was founded in 1933 by Philadelphia industrialist and philanthropist Samuel S. Fels, who was President of Fels & Company, manufacturer of the vastly popular household soap, Fels Naptha. As part of his philanthropic mission, he founded the Samuel S. Fels Fund as a nonprofit corporation in 1935. The general purpose of the Fund was to “initiate and to assist any activities or projects of a scientific, educational or charitable nature which tend to improve human daily life and to bring to the average person greater health, happiness, and a fuller understanding of the meaning and purposes of life.” During the Institute’s early years, financial support was derived almost entirely from the Fels Fund.

The Institute’s first director was Dr. Harry Shay. Under his leadership and that of successive directors Sidney Weinhouse, Emmauel Farber, Peter Magee, Carlo Croce, E. Premkumar Reddy and Jean-Pierre Issa, the Fels Institute has grown considerably in size with a progressively increasing proportion of support from the National Institutes of Health. Currently, policies and programs are oriented toward research and training in cancer-related basic biological and biochemical sciences, with progressive extension into the areas of molecular, developmental and chemical biology to advance knowledge of the etiology and pathogenesis of cancer. A major goal of the Institute is to utilize the advances made in basic science programs to develop novel targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer.

In addition to conducting basic and clinical research, Fels faculty actively participate in graduate, medical, dental and podiatric school teaching. All research faculty participate in the new integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

The Fels Institute is organized as a group of laboratories lead by individual investigators. A major goal of the institute is to foster independence among investigators while promoting innovations and collaboration Additional information about Fels can be found at Fels Institute

About Patient Care

Faculty members at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) are well known as gifted teachers and innovative researchers, but it is their clinical expertise that draws patients from throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond. Widely respected for their knowledge and skill, Temple physicians treat hundreds of thousands of patients each year in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings throughout the Temple University Health System.

Temple has invested heavily in new clinical programs, technology and facilities in recent years. The School of Medicine has also recruited renowned physicians from around the country who have enhanced Temple’s capacity to expand its clinical mission well beyond its traditional boundaries. This growth and dynamism is transforming Temple from a leading Philadelphia academic medical center into a nationally renowned, top-tier medical institution.

Each year, dozens of Temple physicians are named “Top Doctors” by national and regional publications. In addition, Temple physicians are also involved in numerous clinical trials that are testing the latest therapies. This means Temple patients often have access to advanced treatment options not found at most hospitals.
Accessing Temple care is easier than ever thanks to a geographic expansion that has brought Temple physicians and staff into Temple-affiliated hospitals, Center City Philadelphia and the suburbs of Oaks and Fort Washington. While this expansion is significant, it has not lessened Temple’s commitment to its economically challenged North Philadelphia community. Here, Temple serves as a safety-net hospital and the largest provider of healthcare for individuals who have little or no ability to pay for the services they need.

LKSOM Research


The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University has experienced dramatic growth in the breadth and scope of its research enterprise over the past decade. As part of its strategic plan and with the support of a successful recent capital campaign, our scientists have been responsible for ground-breaking advancements in areas across the scientific spectrum, including:

Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular and Thrombosis, Cell and Developmental Biology, Clinical Lung Research, HIV, Immunology and Autoimmunity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes, Neuroscience, Substance Abuse and Translational Medicine

A physical transformation in our research facilities occurred in 2009 when LKSOM opened the Medical Education and Research Building (MERB). This 450,000 square foot building is now home to more than half of LKSOM’s research scientists with open laboratory space that facilitates investigator/trainee interactions and collaboration.

Recognizing the need to provide its faculty with the tools to conduct state-of-the-art research, LKSOM has developed several core facilities which embellish the other cores and facilities already in existence. Together, they provide centralized access to equipment used by faculty in all departments, helping to reduce duplication of biomedical research.

Through generous faculty support coupled with the ability to attract some of the world’s greatest scientific minds, LKSOM is an emerging leader in basic and clinical research. In the early 2000s, using only NIH funding criteria, LKSOM ranked 86th out of 121 allopathic schools in the U.S. In 2015, with more comprehensive data utilized by U.S. News and World Report, including NIH ranking and other criteria, LKSOM ranks 52nd out of 126 allopathic and 20 osteopathic medical schools in the U.S. In research rankings, LKSOM is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. LKSOM has established several new programs that are in the vanguard of scientific discovery. These include the Temple Lung Center and the Center for Neuroscience.

Research Programs

LKSOM has 8 Basic Science Departments and 13 Research Centers, all of which focus on improving the human condition through cutting edge research and the education and professional development of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Faculty is actively engaged in basic research and other scholarly activities designed to improve public health and strongly encourage residents to participate in scholarly activities as part of their training. LKSOM provides its faculty centralized access to equipment and the tools
to conduct state-of-the-art research, enabling our basic science and clinical research centers to emerge as leaders in the industry.

To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. Such discoveries typically begin at “the bench” with basic research — in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level — then progress to the clinical level, or the patient’s “bedside.” Faculty in the School of Medicine’s Basic Science and Clinical Departments are committed to the goal of translation. Our basic scientists provide clinicians with new tools for use in patients and for assessment of their impact, and
clinical researchers make novel observations about the nature and progression of disease that often stimulate basic investigations.

Please visit https://medicine.temple.edu/research/research-programs to learn more about the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University research departments, centers and initiatives.

Procedure for Candidacy

To be considered, please complete an online application by following this link: https://bit.ly/2wQKAZ9

Application materials should include the following: a cover letter stating area of expertise and qualifications, synopsis of accomplishments and professional goals, research/teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information including e-mail addresses for three references. A statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly preferred.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please address your application to:

Steven Houser, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research, C/O Michael R. Lester, Senior Director Physician/Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, michael.lester@tuhs.temple.edu

The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.