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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Radiation Biology: Translational Radiation Oncology and Cancer Care

Winston Salem, NC, United States
Job ID: 67597
Job Family: Faculty/Physicians
Status: Full Time
Job Type: Regular
Department Name: 55811085045501-Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)



The purpose of this document is to facilitate the recruitment of a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor to the Department of Radiation Oncology, Section of Radiation Biology. Cross-appointment in the Department of Pathology/Section on Comparative Medicine and membership in the Comprehensive Cancer Center of AWFBH are anticipated.

Position Summary: 

This Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will provide unique cross-disciplinary expertise in imaging and biomarker assessments of radiation response as part of an integrated team of investigators in Radiation Oncology, Comparative Medicine, and the Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center. Experience with research focused on neurocognitive effects, lung toxicity, and other normal tissue and tumor responses to radiation in preclinical models is preferred.

This individual will be a pivotal team member needed to maximize the value of the NIH-approved and funded Primate Imaging & Irradiation Resource (PRIMIR) at the Clarkson Campus, enabling the research team to perform fully-translatable prospective and longitudinal NIH-funded radiation late effects studies as well as radiation therapy and immunotherapy trials with NHPs, with on-site access to a clinical linear accelerator (LINAC), advanced imaging capabilities (PET-CT, 3T MR Imaging),

Current funded programs requiring effort by this individual include the Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Radiation Late Effects Cohort and the Primate Cancer Initiative

The Wake Forest Nonhuman Primate Radiation Late Effects Cohort is a unique and invaluable NIH/NIAID longitudinally-funded 20-year resource from which to perform translational studies that (1) test effective radiation mitigation strategies, (2) quantitatively assess multi-organ morbidities, and (3) define patterns of Resilience, Aging, and Response to Radiation Exposure (RARRE) through a new sub-project funded by the National Institute on Aging. 

The Primate Cancer Initiative is a collaborative inter-institutional program designed to identify naturally-occurring nonhuman primate cancer cases and treat them with novel immunotherapeutic strategies for which a primate-specific target is needed. This program is funded through a collaboration with Roche Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development, the AWFB Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the NIH-sponsored National Primate Research Centers, and has contributed to the development of 3 novel immunotherapeutics now in clinical trials. 

These programs complement our human clinical research trials for optimal tumor treatment while preventing normal tissue toxicity. Ultimately, treatment optimization to improve the long-term quality of life for our survivors will be the primary aim of this proposed recruitment and research program. 

Additional programs that may benefit from this individual’s specialized expertise include neuroscience and aging/neurodegenerative disease research within the Atrium research enterprise.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct high-quality, rigorous, original, translational research involving radiation, cancer, and nonhuman primate models of human disease.
  2. Engage with researchers, physicists, and physicians within the Department of Radiation Oncology, as well as with other Departments across the Enterprise, to identify and address gaps in our understanding of radiation responses across tissues, through collaborative research projects.
  3. Publish high-impact findings in peer-reviewed publications.
  4. Submit grant proposals and maintain extramural funding to further support research activities.
  5. Advance a national reputation through scholarly and research activities in radiation biology, imaging, biomarker assessment, and comparative medicine.
  6. Support the institution and department through service activities, such as committee involvement, administration, and professional development.
  7. Contribute to research and professional development mentoring of fellows, residents, graduate students, and other trainees. 
  8. Actively present and promote research at institutional and national meetings.
  9. Adhere to and promote our institutional values.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed above.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

Education and/or Experience 

Must have a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DVM) in the field of radiation biology or other related fields, such as biomedical engineering, medical physics, cancer biology, etc. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to publish relevant research findings, and a desire and commitment to continue publication and seek extramural research funding. 

Reporting Structure 

The faculty member will report to the Section Head of Radiation Biology. The Section Head reports to the Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology.

This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive and all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities.  The requirements of this position may change from time-to-time based upon changes in standards of care, regulatory conditions, or the strategic and operational initiatives of Wake Forest University Health Sciences.  It will be updated as needed.

Applicants should submit (1) a letter with statement of interest, and (2) a complete curriculum vitae via the online application system.  Application materials may also be emailed to T.K. at [email protected].

About Us

Wake Forest School of Medicine and Atrium Health have joined forces in a strategic combination that will transform translational research from bench to bedside to community, pioneer new models of education, and provide unparalleled opportunities to advance knowledge and patient outcomes.

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) is a U.S. News and World Report top 50 ranked medical school, integrated with a world class health system, Atrium Health. Our Enterprise serves over 7 million patients in seven states across the Southeastern United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Atrium Health brings together four regional health systems that operate 40 hospitals and more than 1400 care locations. Our academic core, WFUSM, has over $300M in annual, extramural funding that drives a cutting edge Academic Learning Health System by integrating innovative research with excellent patient care across our enterprise.  Our highly integrated academic and clinical environment is deeply committed to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing – for all. WFUSM is home to nationally and internationally recognized research in Alzheimer’s Disease, Aging and Mobility, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Obesity, Cancer, Neurosciences, and Regenerative Medicine. Research excellence, coupled with a robust Informatics data infrastructure, clinically integrated implementation science efforts, and a firm commitment to the promotion of health equity renders the WFUSM a rich environment for breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and improvements in quality of life.  We are in a phase of unprecedented growth and evolution and will recruit over 40 new research-intensive faculty to bolster our commitment to growing our Academic Learning Health System.