Director, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology- Temple Health- Philadelphia, PA

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Facility: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University 
Philadelphia, PA  
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Candidate Type: MD 
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Director, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Philadelphia, PA


Summary of Opportunity

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is initiating a search for a Director to lead the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology. The mission of the Fels Institute is to carry out state of the art research and training in cancer-related basic biological, biochemical, genetic and epigenetic sciences, with progressive extension into the areas of molecular, developmental and chemical biology to advance novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The selected individual will be expected to provide leadership to the Institute in both academic and administrative areas and to oversee its future growth. The successful candidate will also hold a primary appointment at a senior level in one of the Schools Basic Science Departments. The position will also include the ability to recruit new investigators to enhance the research activities of the Institute and School.

This is a full time, tenure track, faculty position in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and reports to the Sr. Associate Dean of Research. Minimum qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. and/or a M.D., a distinguished record of scientific research in the area of cancer biology and a sustained record of extramural funding, administrative skills and a commitment to graduate and medical student education. Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to lead and manage a multifaceted Department or Research Center. The level of faculty appointment will be commensurate with the experience and academic achievement of the selected candidate. 

The Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology was founded in 1933 by Philadelphia industrialist and philanthropist Samuel S. Fels, who was President of Fels & Company, manufacturer of the vastly popular household soap, Fels Naptha. As part of his philanthropic mission, he founded the Samuel S. Fels Fund as a nonprofit corporation in 1935. The general purpose of the Fund was to "initiate and to assist any activities or projects of a scientific, educational or charitable nature which tend to improve human daily life and to bring to the average person greater health, happiness, and a fuller understanding of the meaning and purposes of life."   During the Institute's early years, financial support was derived almost entirely from the Fels Fund.
The Institute's first director was Dr. Harry Shay.  Under his leadership and that of successive directors Sidney Weinhouse, Emmauel Farber, Peter Magee, Carlo Croce and E. Premkumar Reddy, the Fels Institute has grown considerably in size with a progressively increasing proportion of support from the National Institutes of Health. Currently, policies and programs are oriented toward research and training in cancer-related basic biological and biochemical sciences, with progressive extension into the areas of molecular, developmental and chemical biology to advance knowledge of the etiology and pathogenesis of cancer. A major goal of the Institute is to utilize the advances made in basic science programs to develop novel targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer.
In addition to conducting basic and clinical research, Fels faculty actively participate in graduate, medical, dental and podiatric school teaching. All research faculty participate in the new integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
The Fels Institute is organized as a group of laboratories lead by individual investigators.  A major goal of the institute is to foster independence among investigators while promoting innovations and collaboration Additional information about Fels can be found at Fels Institute    


To be considered, please complete an online application: Fels Director

Application materials should include the following:  a cover letter stating area of expertise and qualifications, synopsis of accomplishments and professional goals, research/teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information including e-mail addresses for three references.  A statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly preferred.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please address your application to:

Michael Autieri PhD, Chair Search Committee, Professor, Physiology/CVRC, C/O Michael R. Lester, Senior Director Physician/Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University,


The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


About Temple Health

Temple Health, one of Philadelphia's leading academic medical centers, is home to more than 1,000 physicians and scientists who share the mission of bringing innovative treatments to patients. Giving our patients access to some of the world's most advanced therapies — and helping them achieve outcomes once thought impossible — is the driving force for all our clinical care, research, and medical education. 

Temple's nationally-renowned physicians now offer dozens of powerful new options for patients who, just a few years ago, were considered untreatable. Using sophisticated technologies and personalized treatments, Temple physicians are working to alter the course of serious disease. And in over a dozen research centers at Temple University School of Medicine and Fox Chase Cancer Center, our faculty are speeding the transformation of fundamental scientific discoveries into practical therapies that may one day dramatically improve human health.

Contact Information
Contact: Michael Lester 
Phone: 215-707-5666
Fax: 215-707-9452 
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