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Director - University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center

University of Hawaii Cancer Center
University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
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Oct 23, 2021

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University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center

The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center (Center) seeks a new Director to lead it to the next level of achievement and build on the recent major expansion of its basic, clinical, and population science research programs. This includes oversight of the construction and implementation of the Early Phase Clinical Trials program. The Center occupies a beautiful, ocean-front, state-of-the-art research building, exceeding 100,000 sf.

The Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center within 2,000 miles and serves the State of Hawai‘i, as well as neighboring Pacific Basin populations, providing access to  innovative clinical trials. The Center honors and acknowledges the rich contributions of Hawai‘i’s ‘aina (natural environment) and people and is committed to work with these in the development and utilization of new and unique innovative cancer control approaches for the health of all of our people. In this way, the Center seeks to be a world leader in understanding the genetic, environmental and behavioral causes of cancer while also eliminating cancer through research, education and improved patient care. 

The Director will report directly to the Provost and will provide scientific leadership to build on the Center’s accomplishments and further advance its mission. The Director is expected to devote part of his/her efforts to philanthropy to raise additional resources, and to lead the faculty in the development of relevant and innovative research and training programs, including those afforded by State and grant support. The Director will also be responsible for ensuring that the Center is positioned to continually maintain its NCI designation.


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Nominations, inquiries, and application information

Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on or about October 21, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by October 28, 2021. 

To apply, please visit and search for Position Number 89226.

Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account. Please attach the following to the online application:  a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of four (4) professional references, including title and contact information.  For inquiries and nominations:  email, or contact Michele Lau at 808-956-9396 / Fax: 808-956-7115.


The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity institution and encourages applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates.


It’s our consuming passion at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center where our mission is to be a world leader in eliminating cancer through research, education and improved patient care. Every day, important scientific discoveries are made here and around the globe. Certain types of cancer are now preventable or effectively treated while significant progress continues in the quest towards a cure. Our scientists and physicians focus on key cancers that impact us in Hawaii. Yet just as importantly, our work contributes to a global body of knowledge that leads to the development of new life-saving treatments and therapies. And we engage in scientific collaborations on an international scale, from clinical trials conducted across the U.S. to partnership programs in Guam, Micronesia and the Pacific. To solve the toughest questions, we need the brightest minds. That’s why we are home to some of the nation’s leading cancer experts and why we are ambitiously recruiting new talent. Our purpose is clear: develop new strategies for discovery, drive findings into clinical practice and deliver the optimal outcome when a patient is faced with the prospect of treatment and recovery. The UH Cancer Center is one of only 66 research organizations in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute. This affiliation requires stringent and constant evaluation, yet brings the distinction of being recognized among the best cancer research institutions in the world. The UH Cancer Center together with its clinical partners, The Queen’s Medical Center, Hawaii Pacific Health, Kuakini Medical Center and UH Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine form the UH Cancer Consortium, an alliance of the state’s leading healthcare organizations united in our common goal of eliminating cancer through science.
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