Assistant/Associate Professor - Environmental Health Sciences
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is searching for an outstanding tenure-track/tenured faculty member at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank (rank and tenure status commensurate with qualifications) in the broad area of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and microbiological pathogens. A doctoral degree in environmental health sciences, environmental microbiology, environmental engineering, or a related scientific discipline is required. Experience obtaining research grants and contracts and collaborating on multidisciplinary projects is preferred but not necessary.
The successful candidate will be expected to enrich the department’s research enterprise by obtaining and maintaining extramurally funded research in the broad area of WASH inclusive of microbial pathogens and environmental microbiology. Specific research areas may include the following: water quality, sanitation, and health; human populations and environmental biomonitoring; environmental microbiology; interactions among environmental chemicals, elements, and microbial pathogens; human and environmental microbiomics; One Health approaches; disasters; climate change; and microbial risks. In addition to developing an independent research program, the candidate will be expected to teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise, advise and mentor graduate students, and engage in appropriate service activities.
The Department offers the MPH degree with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health, two MSPH degrees with concentrations in Environmental and Occupational Health Science or Industrial Hygiene, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences with specialization. The Department is 1 of 5 academic departments in the UAB School of Public Health, with active collaborations within the School and with faculty in the School of Engineering, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and College of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1978, the UAB School of Public Health has grown to 75 full-time faculty and 1100 students. In 2019, the school had more than $37 million in research funding and has been ranked in the top 20 NIH-funded Schools of Public Health for the last 10 years. Diversity is one of the school’s values and strengths, with 45% of students identifying as a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group and 16% identifying as a first-generation college student. As a school with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented students. In 2020, the School of Public Health received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
UAB is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB research grants and awards exceeded $602 million in FY19, with the university ranking 8th in NIH funding among all public universities. UAB has high-profile University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers and programs to foster interdisciplinary research including the NCATS Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Center for Free Radical Biology, the Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration, the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center, the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, the Microbiome Center, the NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, the Nephrology Research and Training Center, the NCI O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Center for Women’s Reproductive Health, the Comprehensive Diabetes Center, the Lung Health Center, and the NIDDK Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin no later than August 2021. To apply, please submit a cover letter stating your interest in the position, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, and a diversity statement to: https://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/8757
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.