The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS) is seeking to fill a 100% Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure) position in Industrial/Occupational Hygiene.
This position will build on the existing strengths of the EnHS division and the School of Public Health. The Division has a well-established, ABET-accredited Industrial Hygiene (IH) Program and a new and expanding Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute (ESSI). The IH program is housed in the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS), a comprehensive occupational health training program funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. In addition to industrial hygiene and exposure science, MCOHS has cutting edge training and research programs in occupational and environmental epidemiology, medicine, nursing, injury and violence prevention, and health services research and policy, as well as a continuing education program. The division has a robust extramurally funded research program that integrates industrial hygiene, exposure science, epidemiology, toxicology, and policy. These specialties are critical to understanding the complexity of occupational and environmental related disease and developing methods to prevent disease and promote well-being in working and community populations. We seek to complement existing faculty strengths by adding cutting-edge expertise in one or more of the following areas: exposure science, air contaminant modeling, sensor and sampler development, and product stewardship and sustainability.
The successful candidate will have opportunities for collaboration with faculty in Environmental Health Sciences, other divisions in the School of Public Health and across the University, including, but not limited to, investigators who are experts in epidemiology, engineering, toxicology, veterinary medicine, medicine, food protection and defense, biostatistics, informatics, and public policy development.
Research Activities: The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong independent and sustainable funded research program related to industrial hygiene. Areas of expertise of particular interest to the Division of Environmental Health Sciences include exposure science, air contaminant modeling, sensor and sampler development, and product stewardship and sustainability. The successful candidate is encouraged and expected to develop research collaborations with colleagues in the Division and across the University, as well as with collaborators outside the University.
Teaching Activities: The Division of Environmental Health Sciences offers graduate level training leading to MPH, MS and PhD degrees. The applicant will be expected to teach interdisciplinary courses in industrial hygiene and occupational health, and to develop new courses as the need arises. The applicant is expected to contribute to the education and mentoring of a diverse group of Master's and Doctoral level students in the IH Program.
Outreach Activities: There is a wide range of opportunities for service to professional organizations and government agencies, as well as outreach to industry and the community at-large. We especially value collaborations with underserved communities. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the University of Minnesota through service to the university.
The candidate must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and have the ability to develop an independent and sustainable scholarly research program, develop and teach courses, mentor graduate students, demonstrate strong relationship building skills working with individuals from diverse communities and cultures, and participate in outreach and service. Successful applicants will also contribute collaboratively to multidisciplinary efforts as part of their scholarly work. Demonstrated experience in preparing research grants, publishing in quality peer-reviewed journals, and presentations in relevant professional meetings is necessary, as is demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Candidates at the associate professor level are expected to demonstrate sustained success in funded scholarly activities.
The successful candidate must have extensive knowledge and experience in research that relates to industrial hygiene, with particular focus on novel and emerging areas of interest that complement existing division expertise. Among these areas of interest are:
Exposure science: Methods, measurements, and models that elucidate to the complex inter-relationships between human populations, communities, ecosystems, wildlife, and chemical, biological, and physical agents, and non-chemical stressors.
Air contaminant modeling: Numerical models that predict the dispersion, transport, and transformations of pollutants released to a work or ambient environment and the subsequent exposures related to these emissions.
Sensor and sampler development: Application of novel technologies to measure personal exposure concentrations to key pollutants at lower cost and with greater sensitivity than traditional samplers used by industrial hygienists
Product stewardship and sustainability: Responsible design, development, and management of products throughout their life cycle
Successful candidates are expected to participate in ongoing educational training programs related to industrial hygiene at the University of Minnesota. The position will also require work with multiple colleges and centers within the University, such as, but not limited to, MCOHS, the Upper Midwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS); National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD); Medical School; College of Science and Engineering; College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science; and the Institute on the Environment.
We are interested in outstanding candidates with potential to develop an independent and sustainable research program and work in multidisciplinary teams on existing and future School of Public Health projects. Evidence of success in acquiring support for independent research and evidence of interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaborations are highly valued. Candidates who are a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or who are willing to become certified, are especially valued for program accreditation purposes.
The School of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences is committed to supporting an inclusive community and holistically assesses the qualifications of each applicant. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds, and experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.