Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University is conducting a national search for investigators in cancer and aging research. We are seeking extraordinary faculty (Full to Assistant Professors) to fill gaps in current knowledge in basic, clinical, and population science in cancer at the intersection of aging. Appointments are on the tenure track, and accompanied by significant financial resources to support faculty research.
Georgetown is home to a highly successful and growing transdisciplinary research and education initiative on aging. Embracing a biopsychosocial model, this initiative seeks to transform the understanding of cancer and aging. Outstanding opportunities exist to integrate within and across this initiative, from basic science to practice and policy: there are also opportunities to lead this initiative by a well-established investigator, and for clinician-researchers to establish clinical services for older individuals with cancer.
Applicants with interests in healthy aging and gero-oncology, from any scientific background, are encouraged to apply. This includes researchers with expertise in preclinical models, cellular senescence and immunity, frailty and malnutrition, physical medicine and rehabilitation, treatment toxicity management among aging patients with cancer, neuropsychological and cognitive decline assessment and intervention, fatigue, pain, and depression research, a full complement of quality of life issues prevalent in older adulthood and exacerbated by cancer and its treatment, and research to inform policy and practice for the growing and older cancer population. We are interested in creative research that can accelerate knowledge about how aging processes affect cancer risk, treatment effectiveness and toxicity, and why cancer and its treatments may promote aspects of aging. Other areas of interest include how Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research inform cancer-related cognitive declines, and innovative clinical trials to maximize healthy aging.
Current research includes a robust portfolio of NIH-funded studies on biopsychosocial outcomes in older survivors, including a large biospecimen bank; mechanisms of accelerated aging; animal models of aging; and pilot interventions to improve functioning. Other research focuses on patterns of health care use, and population-level cost-effectiveness modeling.
Georgetown University is located in Washington, DC, with a broad range of medical and biomedical graduate education and training activities, including graduate programs in Aging, Health, and Society, Epidemiology, and Health Disparities. With it’s clinical partner, MedStar Health, the medical center accesses to the largest clinical network in the mid-Atlantic region. There are also schools of nursing and health studies, law, public policy, business, arts and sciences, and international affairs.
The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown is an NCI-designated Consortium Comprehensive Cancer Center, with >125 members conducting cutting-edge research and clinical trials across the region, nationally and internationally. With campuses in Washington, DC and Bergen County, NJ, the cancer center spans a highly diverse catchment area and leads groundbreaking discoveries in molecular oncology, experimental therapeutics, breast cancer research, hematologic malignancies, and cancer population sciences. In addition, the cancer center offers a full range of shared resources to faculty.
The individual filling this position will have a demonstrated commitment to an academic career. Candidates are sought with expertise in any of the disciplines relevant to aging (e.g., cognitive aging, social determinants of successful aging, internal/family medicine and gerontology, neurobiology, neuropsychology, behavioral science, health services research, epidemiology, health policy). Requirements include a doctoral degree, post-doctoral experience, and a track record of publications and extramural funding. Intervention researchers are especially encouraged to apply.
Salary, recruitment package, and academic appointment level commensurate with qualifications: clinical appointments are available.
Interested individuals should send a brief statement of interest, CV, and the names of three references to: Cancer and Aging Search Committee, c/o Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, email@example.com. Inquiries may also be directed to Dr. Mandelblatt via email.