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Assistant Professor

University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Salary commensurate with experience + benefits
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2022

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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Department of Occupational and Environmental Health 

The University of Iowa, College of Public Health 

The University of Iowa, College of Public Health invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.  

The Position 

Applications will be considered at the level of Assistant Professor expected to start in Summer/Fall 2023.  We plan to start reviewing applications in October. 

We are seeking innovative scholars who investigate and solve complex problems associated with environmental factors to improve the public’s health, safety, and well-being.  We encourage candidates across a broad range of environmental health expertise, including environmental and/or injury epidemiology, environmental justice, climate change and sustainability, precision environmental health, big data and geospatial methods, environmental policy and health promotion, Total Worker Health®, and risk communications to apply. Our faculty have long demonstrated transdisciplinary collaborations, including health sciences, engineering, urban planning, education, and others on campus, across the region, and globally.  Candidates seeking relevant joint appointments with other departments is possible. 

The successful faculty candidate will contribute to graduate and undergraduate educational programs (teaching), conduct innovative research to investigate the consequences of exposures that include environmental stressors (research), and will be supported to provide service to the profession, the institution, and to relevant communities served by their areas of research inquiry (service). 


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in environmental science, engineering, public health, or other related discipline, with research interests in understanding the health consequences associated with environmental risk factors.  Candidates should have academic experience in an environmental and/or occupational health discipline relevant to public health. Candidates are expected to have publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals; demonstrate an ability to develop an externally funded research program and future scholarship; and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching.  

Candidates must demonstrate the potential to become independent investigators.  Disciplines of particular interest include environmental justice, climate change, environmental and/or occupational epidemiology, and/or injury epidemiology.  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to promoting diversity. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching, and service missions, including women, members of historically marginalized groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Department of Occupational and Environmental Health 

The Department offers a rich environment for collaborative research. Fifteen professors direct or participate in an array of extramurally funded research and outreach programs, including: 

A NIEHS-funded environmental health sciences research center 

A NIEHS-funded superfund research program 

A NIEHS-funded nanotoxicology research program    

A CDC-funded injury prevention research center 

A NIOSH-funded agricultural health center   

A NIOSH-funded education and research center   

A NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health® center   

NIH, CDC, and other investigator-initiated research projects 


Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Culture  

The University of Iowa understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education. As demonstrated by the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, we embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members can realize their full potential. Faculty members in the College of Public Health contribute to this mission by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance understanding of DEI and emphasize the value of global citizenship. As part of the application, candidates are strongly encouraged to describe their past, current, and planned future efforts to advance diversity in the areas of teaching, research mentoring and broader impacts, or other professional service. Learn more about the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa at and in the College of Public Health at  The College is committed to facilitating an atmosphere rich in cultural perspectives and actively supports and promotes diversity in the college and public health workforce; we are committed to cultivating and retaining faculty with varying identities and backgrounds.   

We are committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff, which involves providing opportunities for employees to “Build a Career and Build a Life” in the Iowa City area. The University offers several benefits to support faculty in achieving a healthy work/life balance including domestic partner benefits, family caregiving leave, flexible spending accounts for dependent care and health care, and an automatic tenure clock extension when a minor child is added to the family.  


College of Public Health 

The College of Public Health was founded in 1999 as the major component of the Public Health Initiative, sponsored by The University of Iowa and the State of Iowa. The college is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in public health scholarship, teaching, and community service. Housed in a beautiful new facility overlooking the Iowa River, the college offers a rich environment for interdisciplinary research, and is home to an array of graduate programs (MPH, MHA, MS, PhD) and new undergraduate degree programs in public health (BA, BS). 



Iowa City is a vibrant Midwestern university town with an intellectual and cultural atmosphere, diverse international community, and dynamic downtown full of shops and restaurants. Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature and is adjacent to campus, has a great public education system, friendly people, affordable homes, easy commutes, and many other assets that make it one of the highest ranked cities in the country: 

  • Top 100 Places to Live (Livability, 2021) 
  • No. 13: Most Livable College Towns (, 2021) 
  • No. 13 The 50 Happiest Cities in the United States (USA Today, 2021) 
  • The Nicest Place to Live in Iowa and one of 50 Nicest Places to Live in America (Reader’s Digest, 2020)  Iowa City
  • No. 2 of Most Fitness-Friendly Places for 2020 (Smart Asset, 2019) 
  • Iowa City No. 19 of 100 Best Places to Live (Money, 2019) 
  • No. 3 The 20 best cities for college grads looking to start their lives (Business Insider 2017) 
  • Top 10% of Public-Health Schools 

To Apply 

To apply for this position, please visit, faculty requisition #74543, where you will be asked to submit curriculum vitae, cover letter describing research interests and qualifications, and the names of three professional references.

 Visit our department website to learn about our students, faculty, and innovative research: 


 The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Institutional Equity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705,


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