University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Career Opportunities

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The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center offers career opportunities ranging from laboratory technicians to faculty members in a variety of disciplines. With the completion of the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower in 2007, the USC Norris is currently seeking candidates with areas of interest including (but not limited to):

  • Angiogenesis
  • X-ray crystallography
  • Tumor immunology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

In addition, research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center covers every major cancer, with a particular emphasis on the following malignancies:

  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Prostate
  • Central nervous system
  • Colorectal
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Genitourinary system
  • Reproductive system
  • Melanoma
  • Leukemias and lymphomas
  • AIDS-related cancers

Faculty Appointments

As an organized research unit of the University of Southern California that is administratively located within the Keck School of Medicine, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is a matrix organization led by a director. It is composed of more than 200 members from the faculty of several USC professional schools/departments and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

The director is appointed by and reports to the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine. Members are appointed by the director of the USC Norris based on their research interests, funding and/or clinical practice. The USC Norris Cancer Center director is a voting member of the Faculty Executive Committee (department chairs of the medical school), but the director, unlike the department chairs, does not have direct appointment authority for new faculty.

However, because the cancer center director controls space designated by the university for the center as well as considerable gift and grant resources, the cancer center has frequently initiated searches for faculty meeting its programmatic needs. In addition, the cancer center, like all departments in the Keck School of Medicine, has a budget funded by the school that it uses to support faculty members in various departments, according to the center's own needs. In cases where the center has initiated the search for a new faculty member, a departmental appointment is negotiated as the search develops and the candidates' qualifications are reviewed.

Any potential appointee must be approved by the appropriate department's faculty and chair prior to a letter of offer. In other cases, where searches are initiated by a department, the department chair may approach the cancer center for financial or space resources if the recruitment may meet a center need. In either case, the cancer center director signs any letter of offer that commits center resources to the recruitment package.