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Director, IU Komen Normal Breast Tissue Bank (KTB) Center

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana
Closing date
Dec 18, 2021

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Hematologic Oncology
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Director, IU Komen Normal Breast Tissue Bank (KTB) Center

IU School of Medicine

Medicine - Hematology/Oncology

Position Summary  

Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, a national leader in clinical care, education, and research, along with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCCC) is announcing the search for applications for senior faculty to direct and expand the IU Komen Normal Breast Tissue Bank (KTB), the only repository in the world for normal breast tissue and matched serum, plasma, and DNA. The KTB now houses samples from over 4,900 donors and supports over 170 research projects worldwide. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program associated with the KTB. Areas of research expertise of particular interest include carcinogenesis, molecular epidemiology, and cancer prevention. Learn more about the KTB at

In addition, the candidate will join a rigorous breast cancer research program supported by the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research at IUSCCC. Critical resources supporting this position include a one teraFLOP/s supercomputer dedicated to bioinformatics, a fully annotated breast cancer tissue microarray containing ~600 samples with a minimum of 10-year follow-up, >2 billion medical records, active genomics projects, and a robust graduate training program. The Center has over 30 research and clinical faculty with expertise spanning basic breast cancer biology, screening and prevention, as well as first-in-human and late-stage clinical trials. Collaboration with other investigators, and participation in center and department activities is expected.

IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country with more than 20,000 living alumni and 3,000 learners on nine campuses across the state. Its diverse faculty is made up of more than 2,900 full-time members and over 3,700 volunteer faculty who are responsible for training medical, graduate and postgraduate students. IU School of Medicine is the only allopathic medical school in Indiana. The School is in an exciting growth phase, increasing research funding by 40% over the last four years and continuing to invest aggressively in research.

IU School of Medicine is closely aligned with our health system partner, IU Health, which has twice earned a place on the US News and World Report Honor Roll. The shared vision of both institutions is to lead the transformation of healthcare through quality innovation and education to make Indiana one of the nation’s healthiest states. IU Health is among the top ten largest single-state nonprofit health systems in the United States operating 16 hospitals statewide (a mix of urban, suburban and rural facilities). This partnership enables the seamless integration of research findings into patient care.

As the nation’s largest medical school, IUSM is committed to being an institution that not only reflects the diversity of the learners we teach and the patient populations we serve, but also pursues the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We desire candidates who enhance our representational diversity, as well as those whose work contributes to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUSM strives to take an anti-racist stance, regularly evaluating and updating its policies, procedures, and practices to confer equitable opportunities for contribution and advancement for all members of our community. We invite individuals who will join us in our mission to advance racial equity to transform health and wellbeing for all throughout the state of Indiana.

IU School of Medicine provides concierge and dual career services to assist new faculty with their personal or family’s relocation needs.

Basic Qualifications                 

Excellent institutional resources will be committed to this position.

The position includes an appointment as full-time faculty at the Full or Associate Professor level commensurate with experience in a basic or clinical science department.  An endowed chair is available to support exceptional candidates.

Minimum qualifications include a Doctorate and/or Terminal degree, evidence of leadership and outstanding academic credentials such as a track record of extramural research funding, publication, academic experience appropriate for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, and eligibility for licensure and practice in the State of Indiana, if MD.

Department Contact for Questions      

Stephanie Wallace

To apply:

Interested candidates should send: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) contact information for five references; and 3) a 1-2 page statement outlining the applicant’s research goals.

Priority Application Review Deadline 11/30/2021

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