Medical Oncologist

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Closing date
Apr 26, 2023

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Practice Area
Small Animal
Position Type
Contract Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, invites applications for a full-time, renewable faculty appointment in Medical Oncology. The position is available at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank, in our Health Programs appointment system or in our Tenure system, depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate. The successful candidate will join an existing medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, 3 dedicated medical and 3 radiation oncology service nurses, and 2 radiation therapists. MSU CVM offers competitive salary, startup packages, and has a strong record of spousal accommodations.

The MSU Comparative Oncology Center is a state-of-the-art facility that was opened in 2005 as part of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Center provides comprehensive treatment of veterinary oncology patients and is staffed by board certified specialists in anesthesiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology, emergency medicine/critical care, neurology, radiation oncology, soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation/sports medicine. It is fully equipped with a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, chemotherapy pharmacy, chemotherapy administration suite, individual species' ward facilities, radioisotope therapy suites, video-microscopy suite, ultrasound unit, examination rooms, rounds room, and individual office space. In addition, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers a complete array of imaging and interventional modalities including 3-D ultrasonography, digital cinefluoroscopy, endoscopy, a GE Revolution EVO-64 Slice CT, 3 Tesla onsite MRI (installation in progress) and access to PET/CT and PET/MRI. Additional support services include primary care and dentistry services and a veterinary social work program. The Comparative Oncology Center is supported by the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) which is one of the largest full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the world and contributes to the clinical and research missions of the oncology section through services provided by the clinical and anatomical pathology units, and the veterinary molecular pathology laboratory and flow cytometry.

The position is flexible in meeting different work arrangements and lifestyles. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include management of referral cases, supervision and clinical instruction of house officers and students, and a commitment to scholarly contributions in the candidate’s area of expertise. Participation in the pre-clinical teaching curriculum as well as contributing to the specialty service leadership are also available. Our Health Professional (HP) and tenure stream positions are dynamic and generally have a 50-75% clinical appointment for the HP track and 30-50% clinical appointment for the tenure track. Both HP and Tenure faculty have equal voting rights, and the main difference between the two is a primary and independently driven research focus is expected for tenure stream faculty whereas a more collaborative research focus for HP faculty is acceptable. For both systems, effort distributions across clinical service, teaching and scholarly activities are negotiable with the Department Chairperson and are amenable to change. The position is flexible in meeting different work arrangements and lifestyles. Merit evaluations and promotions are based on the faculty member’s performance within their assigned duties.

The College of Veterinary Medicine has an expanding translational research effort in their new Clinical Innovations Program that seeks to accelerate the identification and development of diagnostics and therapeutics for the benefit of veterinary and human patients. Clinical trials are a high priority.  There are opportunities for collaborative research with faculty in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, the Precision Health Program and the partnership with Henry Ford Health System. Additional opportunities for collaboration exist with investigators in the new Center of Excellence in Imaging and Image-Guided Therapies, an on-campus facility serving both human and companion animal patients with access to a dedicated research PET/MRI and cGMP radiopharmacy for radiopharmaceutical preparations. Research activities are encouraged at both the Departmental and College level, and support is available for grant writing, locating external funding resources, and processing grant submissions. Internal funding opportunities are also available through endowed research funds. The College of Veterinary Medicine has active faculty development and mentorship programs to facilitate career progression.

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses, and the University is home to a diverse international community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers, and leaders. East Lansing’s collegiate atmosphere is complimented by low cost of living with convenient access to large cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public-school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national lakeshores, world-class golf courses, and ample snowfall offers a broad variety of seasonal outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pure Michigan© website for more details.

CVM Core Value of Diversity

We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunity to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas with us surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Oncology

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree. Board certification in oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine is preferred, but board-eligible candidates within 1-2 years will be seriously considered. The candidate must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively within a team.

Desired Qualifications

An advanced research degree or focused research experience will also be favorably considered.

Required Application Materials

Letter of Intent/Cover Letter

Required A letter of intent highlighting specific strengths related to this position, overall related qualifications, experience, accomplishments and career goals.

For tenured and continuing system positions, include research interests and funding history.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Your most recently updated CV


Full names and contact information (phone/email) of three (3) individuals to serve as professional references.

Teaching Philosophy

Diversity Statement

Statement on your commitment to diversity.

Diversity is defined as the state or quality of being different and as individuals we are all uniquely different. To be an inclusive campus is to respect and value differences. We embrace people from all backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

Special Instructions

To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2023; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information of three professional references; 4) statement about commitment to diversity. Application materials must be submitted by using the University’s online applicant system, Details - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor HP or Tenure ( Please direct all inquiries, including requests for detailed position information and candidate nominations in confidence to Dr. Kurt Zinn (; 205-821-5961) or Dr. Alison Masyr (

Review of Applications Begins On: 03/15/2023

Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to cytotoxic chemotherapy, exposure to ionizing radiation, work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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