The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS) is seeking to fill a 100% Associate Professor (tenure) position in Exposure Science.
This position will build on the existing strengths of the EnHS division and the School of Public Health. The Division faculty is multidisciplinary, with broad expertise in exposure characterization; environmental chemistry, toxicology, and epidemiology; occupational health and safety; and environmental and occupational health policy. This position is particularly important as the Division of Environmental Health Sciences seeks to expand its exposure science research into broader assessment of the exposome that can be integrated with environmental public health science.
The division has a robust extramurally funded research program that integrates, exposure science, epidemiology, industrial hygiene 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 as related to exposure science; air contaminant modeling, exposure mediated through water and food, biomarker based exposure assessments, risk assessment, informatics, and the broader concept of an exposome.
Exposure science is a critical part of environmental public health sciences, and innovative research in this area is of great interest across the University of Minnesota. 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 program in related to exposure science. It is anticipated that the position will include development and participation in population-based research. In addition, this position will have opportunities for collaboration across a broad range of environmental health issues, in particular contributing to population-based studies. 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 related to exposure science, 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.
Outreach Activities: There is a wide range of opportunities for service to professional organizations, government agencies, 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 is expected to collaborate with faculty in this and other Divisions within the School of Public Health, as well as across the University. There is tremendous potential for collaborations with faculty in this and other Divisions within the School of Public, as well as the College of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine, and the Institute on the Environment. Therefore, applicants must be able to contribute to multidisciplinary efforts as part of their scholarly work. Strong interpersonal skills along with effective oral and written communication skills are necessary for the purpose of: (1) collaborating effectively in a diverse, multidisciplinary team environment, (2) presenting seminars and training sessions, and (3) publishing articles in professional journals.
Additional expertise or experience with epidemiology, statistics, biomonitoring, informatics is desirable. Experience working with diverse populations is preferred. 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. Successful candidates are expected to develop collaborative relationships to enhance ongoing research and education programs related to environmental health and public health informatics at the University of Minnesota. Evidence of success in acquiring support for independent research and evidence of interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaborations are highly valued.
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.