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Associate Center Director for Population Sciences and Policy, GW Cancer Center Washington, DC, US

The Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) and the GW Cancer Center at the George Washington University (GWU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Center Director for Population Sciences and Policy (ACD). The ACD formally bridges and maximizes the strengths of the SPH with an ascendant Cancer Center. This is a prominent scientific leadership role in both organizations and the University. The ideal ACD will shape an innovative Population Sciences and Policy program that capitalizes on the unique strengths of GWU and the SPH as policy and community focused institutions, and also fulfills an essential component of the Cancer Center’s mission as it strives to achieve NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation. Given the inherent strengths in GW’s location in D.C., the ACD will have numerous unique advantages. Firstly, the SPH’s strong record translating research into applicable policy gives the Cancer Center a foundation of excellence to build upon. Secondly, D.C. is the center for policy design, nationally and internationally, and GW’s community has long been engaged in this work. Lastly, D.C’s defining asset is its great population diversity in all dimensions.

A tenured full professor in the SPH, the ACD will be part of the leadership team of this Cancer Center, which has already enjoyed great success in recruiting excellent scientists and securing financial support. Building synergies with experts across GW, the ACD will oversee the growth of the cancer control and population sciences activities within the Cancer Center, bringing together scientists working in cancer epidemiology, health promotion, prevention, nutrition, environmental health, and social and health policy. The ACD will support the development of cancer prevention and control research and policy initiatives in the DC metropolitan area, nationally and globally. The ACD will facilitate translational collaboration with the growing number of basic science and clinical cancer investigators, and policy advisors at GW. As well, the ACD will drive the Cancer Center’s focus and engagement with the D.C. community, leading the effort to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality in D.C. and among underserved populations.

The GW Cancer Center incorporates all relevant cancer-related activities at GW, including the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the SPH, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and the GW Hospital to re-focus and re-energize the University’s efforts in innovative cancer research. GW is making an historic commitment to advance basic science and translational discoveries in cancer, while providing cancer patients with greater opportunities for cutting-edge treatments and promoting efforts in cancer prevention. The GW Cancer Center has been charged to be an incubator of intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration in cancer biology, clinical/translational science, bioinformatics and computational medicine, and in population science and policy. GW is rapidly expanding its research enterprise with the addition of new state-of-the-art facilities and the recruitment of a substantial number of cancer investigators in multiple fields.

Philip Jaeger is leading this search with Natalie Leonhard.

The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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