Overview

The newly renamed Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC; formerly the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center) of the NCI Designated Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is seeking applications for 2 tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level. Research focus in one or more of the following areas is preferred:

• Health behavior change interventions (e.g., smoking cessation, other substance use cessation, increasing physical activity, improving diet)
• Tobacco regulatory science
• Assessment of and interventions focused on opioid misuse
• Mobile health
• Multiple health behavior change

These faculty positions are hard money, offer extremely competitive salaries, and come with very generous start-up packages. Rank to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful applicants at the Assistant Professor level will have a strong academic record, with evidence of scholarship and show strong potential for acquiring extramural funding. Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level should have a strong record of extramural funding. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Leadership opportunities are available based upon interest and qualifications.

The mission of the HPRC (http://otrc.stephensoncancercenter.org) is to reduce the burden of disease by addressing a broad range of modifiable health risk factors, including tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and risky alcohol and other substance use through research, novel intervention development, and dissemination of research findings. The HPRC contains four major resources that facilitate research, which are led by HPRC faculty: 1) the Tobacco Treatment Research Program (TTRP), 2) the Mobile Health Shared Resource, 3) the Tobacco Regulatory Science Lab, and 4) the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Program (see https://otrc.stephensoncancercenter.org/Training).

Since 2017, the TTRP has provided cessation services to over 1000 adults seeking smoking cessation treatment and has supported recruitment for 7 tobacco-related studies. Many of these studies test novel smoking cessation interventions for underserved adults.

Over the past 4 years, we have developed the InsightTM mHealth Platform which enables researchers to rapidly (i.e., within 1-2 weeks) create smartphone-based research studies that may include ecological momentary assessments and sensor data (i.e., activity monitor, mobile carbon monoxide monitor) to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of health risk behaviors and deliver context-specific adaptive interventions in real-time. The mHealth Shared Resource is currently staffed by 7 computer scientists/engineers and 4 additional staff members. To date, the mHealth resource has supported approximately 50 studies worth over $30 million in total costs including 25 studies that were funded by the NIH. See more here: https://otrc.stephensoncancercenter.org/Mobile-Health-Technology

The Tobacco Regulatory Science Lab space (1,012 square feet) is specifically designed for the observation and assessment of smoking and other tobacco use behavior. It includes four negative pressure rooms and two control rooms for conducting clinical human laboratory research. This space is configured to enable collection and processing of participant saliva, blood, urine, and buccal samples. Since its inception, the laboratory has supported numerous NIH-funded grants from the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products.

The NCI Designated SCC is Oklahoma’s only academic cancer center. With a well-developed and supportive infrastructure and over 200 members from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and several other entities, the SCC places a high priority on promoting translational research that moves research ideas into clinical applications.

Oklahoma City is the anchor of a rapidly growing, multicultural metropolitan area with a population of 1.3 million, over 300 days of sunshine annually, very affordable cost of living, excellent schools and a wide array of cultural amenities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVc4pgBGO28

Applicants should email a cover letter (stating qualifications, overview of professional goals, and research interests) and curriculum vitae to Michael Businelle, PhD, at Michael-Businelle@ouhsc.edu.

The University is an EO/AA institution. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.