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The Anne Engen and Dusty Professor in Comparative Oncology is expected to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to establish and maintain a vision for comparative oncology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. This includes assuming a leadership role in advancing cancer research at the school and university and within the vibrant academic, medical and life sciences communities in Boston. This position reports to the department head who has primary oversight responsibilities and works in partnership with the school and university to advance cancer research at Tufts University.

The Anne Engen and Dusty Professor is expected to lead an extramurally funded comparative oncology research program, to provide direction and oversight for the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings School and to serve as a catalyst for inter-professional growth of clinical and translational science across Tufts University. The Clinical Trials office is a resource for the breadth of activities under the scope of clinical and translational research, which currently includes but is not limited to comparative oncology, internal medicine, orthopedics, cardiology, nutrition and regenerative medicine. The Anne Engen and Dusty Professor will create an environment that supports faculty, house officer and student interest in translational research, attracts high quality graduate students to the study of cancer and serves as an ambassador to colleagues and donors for the value of comparative oncology and translational science.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Establishing and maintaining an extramurally funded comparative oncology research program.
  • Directing the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings School, including communicating effectively with constituent groups such as study sponsors, funding agencies, collaborators, administrators, faculty, house officers, students and staff to facilitate the establishment and execution of clinical trials. Mentoring faculty, house officers, students and staff to encourage best practices in clinical and translational research.
  • Achieving a leadership role within the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the national Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance.
  • Providing clinical service in medical oncology and contributing to teaching and supervision of students and house officers.
  • Participating in the Clinical Studies Review Committee at Cummings School.

Critical competencies include:

  • Engagement and motivation of faculty, house officers, staff and students interested in comparative oncology and translational research to accomplish their goals.
  • Effective communication to promote the value of comparative oncology and One Health translational research
  • Collaboration across departmental, school and institutional boundaries to enhance the impact of cancer research at Tufts University and beyond.


Required qualifications include a DVM degree or its equivalent, and board certification in oncology by the American or European Colleges. Applicants must have a strong history of success in the development and management of clinical trials, a demonstrated ability to successfully work with a range of external and internal stakeholders, and a strong interest in collaboration and mentoring of clinical and translational research across disciplines. Evidence of successful grantsmanship, and demonstrated ability to create and sustain an extramurally funded research program in comparative oncology is also required.

This position is available immediately. Applicants should submit a letter of intent outlining their interests, experience, and qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references via Interfolio at Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Leslie Sharkey, Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences (
Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.