Research Assistant Professor, Cancer Informatics

University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Biostatistics, Kansas City, KS USA

Job Description:

Position Title: Research Assistant Professor, Cancer Informatics

Position Summary: The Department of Biostatistics within the School of Medicine at The University of Kansas Medical Center is seeking applications for a Research Assistant Professor Faculty position, with research focus in Cancer and Oncology (i.e., Cancer Informatics, Translational Informatics, Pathology Informatics). The candidate will be responsible for advancing informatics infrastructure and research activities for The University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC), along with collaboration on cancer informatics research projects. Principally, the candidate will be responsible for the architecture, development and management of an oncology outcomes database to support cancer research. The candidate will also be expected to teach courses for graduate students in biostatistics and other disciplines.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work as an oncology informatics expert to support collaborative research related to the development of informatics solutions for KUCC researchers and affiliates.
  • Possess the ability to design/develop key components of the informatics infrastructure, including terminology, data models, knowledge resources, dynamic end-user interfaces, and aggregations of data designed to support cancer research initiatives.
  • Participate in team based software development and system management primarily on leading the development of a curated cancer clinical outcomes database supporting KUCC researchers.
  • Contribute to writing grants to support new projects and to the writing of manuscripts to publish findings from ongoing projects and system evaluations.
  • Teach informatics courses for graduate students in biostatistics and other disciplines.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource or Chair, Department of Biostatistics.


Qualifications: The candidate should have a PhD in Biomedical Informatics; or an M.D. degree with a fellowship or Masters in Biomedical Informatics.  The candidate must demonstrate a strong understanding of EMR systems, standardized ontology coding schemes (e.g., NAACCR, ICD-10-CM, Snomed) and processes of converting medical narratives into quantitative information. The candidate must also demonstrate understanding of the importance of various data collection and abstraction methods, optimal database architecture and effective end-user interface design. The candidate should have demonstrated the ability to develop collaborations with investigators and be able to independently and successfully initiate and develop research projects. Flexibility, creativity and excellent communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Research experience in clinical informatics, particularly targeted at cancer research, is highly desirable. The preferred candidate will have published research work on Biomedical Informatics, and should have experience preparing and submitting proposals for extramural funding, and experience presenting research findings at regional, national, or international conferences.

Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should include: a cover letter and a CV, which should contain names and contact information for at least three references qualified to evaluate your professional experiences and skill. Specific questions related to the posting should be directed to:

Brooke L. Fridley, PhD

Director, Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource, University of Kansas Cancer Center

University of Kansas Medical Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd

Kansas City, KS 66106   & Position Number: M0203809