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The Wistar Institute is seeking a highly accomplished research leader to direct the Immunology, Microenvironment and Metastasis (IMM) Program of its Ellen and Ronald Caplan National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center. As one of only seven NCI-designated “research” Cancer Centers in the US, the Caplan Cancer Center has received an Exceptional rating at two consecutive cycles of its Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) review and was recently awarded a 2-year MERIT extension by the NCI. As Wistar is not organized in traditional academic departments, Cancer Center Programs provide the central institutional engine for research innovation, multidisciplinary collaboration and mentoring of junior investigators. Currently, 75% of cancer-related peer reviewed funding and 53% of primary publications in the IMM Program are the product of multidisciplinary collaborations. The successful candidate for this critical leadership position will have nationally and internationally recognized status, a vibrant research program, history of successful collaborations, and strong track-record of sustained NCI funding. As a key member of Cancer Center leadership, the new IMM Program Leader will work synergistically with other research leaders to advance the institutional mission through innovative program development, faculty recruitment, expansion of Shared Resources and commitment to education and mentoring of junior colleagues.

Research areas of interest include basic and translational tumor immunology, genetic, metabolic and signaling requirements of metastatic competence and crosstalk between stroma and the tumor cell population in the microenvironment. The new IMM Program Leader will be recruited to new, state-of-the-art laboratory space in the Fox Tower and will be supported by outstanding vivarium and core facilities, including Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics, Imaging, Flow Cytometry, Molecular Screening, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Research Support. The Wistar Institute offers highly competitive start-up support, salary and fringe benefits, and a uniquely stimulating and collaborative research environment in the University City area of Philadelphia. The Institute’s proximity to the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University provides for vigorous academic and clinical collaborations, as well as attractive training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Inter-institutional programmatic agreements are in place to support translational and patient-oriented cancer research with access to primary and archival patient repositories.

The Wistar Institute is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). All candidates must share our commitment to DEI. The Wistar Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, mentoring, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic/research community.

Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure timely consideration, applicants should submit applications by 

February 15, 2023

. The application should include: a complete curriculum vitae, brief summary of past and future research interests, and history of research funding support. 

Applications should be sent in a single PDF by e-mail to: Maria Colelli, Faculty Search Coordinator




The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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