The VCU School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Massey Cancer Center are seeking a Pathologist and Biomedical/Clinical Informatics Researcher. This tenure eligible, faculty position consists of approximately 70/25/5 split across research, clinical, and administrative responsibilities, respectively. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate in ongoing and developing research with Massey’s clinical and translational researchers and contribute to Massey’s vibrant, peer-reviewed research portfolio.
The successful candidate is also expected to be in a leadership role for the Cancer Informatics Core (CIC) of Massey Cancer Center. Specifically, this position will lead the biomedical/clinical informatics efforts, in partnership with the Chief Research Information Officer. This position offers a competitive salary, start-up, and relocation package.
Faculty at the Assistant Professor rank will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential of scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the Department of Pathology and Massey Cancer Center. Associate/Professor level faculty will be required to have a developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in Pathology and Massey.
About the Department of Pathology:
The mission of the Department of Pathology is to provide high-quality, cost-effective pathology services in a manner that supports the patient care, education, and research missions of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and School of Medicine.
The Department of Pathology is a diverse clinical, research, and teaching department within the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, located in Richmond, Virginia. We offer a full range of pathology services to physicians, researchers, and patients at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, a 780-bed tertiary-care urban teaching hospital dedicated to serving the patients and physicians of central Virginia.
We have 37 full-time Pathology faculty based at the MCV Campus and four additional faculty based at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans' Affairs Hospital. Currently, 14 Residents and seven Fellows are in our training programs. Our post-graduate programs are comprehensive and integrated, offering outstanding career preparation. Many of our trainees go on to complete academic fellowships.
Within the department, there are 14 clinical laboratories including Histopathology, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics, Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, and Transfusion Medicine. Our clinical laboratories are staffed by 296 full-time equivalent hospital employees who perform more than 2.6 million billable tests this year.
Our scientists are supported by numerous research grants, primarily from NIH, with extramural funding in excess of $1.2 million in 2012. We have funded research programs in molecular diagnostics, liver disease, hepatobiliary cancer, infectious disease, obesity, diabetes, and breast cancer. There is also a wide variety of clinical and applied research in all areas of pathology and laboratory medicine.
About Massey Cancer Center:
VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 68 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, Massey conducts basic science, translational and clinical cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments and clinical trials, and promotes cancer prevention and education. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It offers one of the largest selections of cancer clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients at multiple sites throughout the state. Its 1,000-plus researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by developing and delivering effective means to prevent, control and ultimately cure cancer.
Massey Cancer Center has several shared resources that represent an essential component of the infrastructure required to support the extensive research portfolio of Massey scientists. Once of shared resource cores include the Cancer Informatics Core (CIC). The CIC was developed to automate personnel-intensive manual methods for data acquisition, integration and processing through the use of novel informatics systems that support and enhance research activities across VCU Massey Cancer Center. The CIC has focused on the development and support of clinical informatics to a) directly address through automation limitations experienced by investigators and research staff in accessing and processing the data required for evaluating patients for studies, b) integrate, process and store large volumes of disparate clinical data that is not feasible through traditional manual methods, but is essential for performing research; and c) consolidate and link these data in systems that are accessible and useful to investigators. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program in informatics, genomics medicine, computational biology, or image analysis and to participate in informatics training initiatives. Applicants with a focus on precision medicine are of particular interest.