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Assistant Professor: Epidemiology

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 11, 2022

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Assistant Professor: Epidemiology
Public Health

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Sep 29, 2022

San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Public Health (SPH) seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Epidemiology to begin in Fall 2023. The position is a 9-month hard-money funded appointment with a teaching load of two classes in during Fall semester and two classes during Spring semester. Primary appointment will be within the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the SPH.

The SPH has a strong commitment to disparities research and has increased engagement in community- oriented research that is aimed at reducing underlying health inequities in San Diego's racially diverse, neighborhood-centric, border-adjacent metropolitan area. As such, this tenure-track faculty member will collaborate with other faculty, community health agencies including the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and numerous community-based organizations on epidemiological and health disparities research, elucidating mechanisms through which socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and other factors operate as risk factors for poor health and health disparities.

The ideal candidate should meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Hold a doctoral degree in epidemiology
  • Be able to teach and/or apply advanced modern epidemiologic methods to address causal questions, such as inverse probability weighting, propensity score matching, mediation analyses, and the use of directed acyclic graphs and quasi-experimental methods
  • A demonstrated track record of research excellence
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated capacity for effective teaching/mentoring in epidemiology or closely related subjects

Research topic areas can be any, for instance, maternal child health epidemiology, injury epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, or cancer epidemiology.

The incumbent faculty member will support the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the SPH and is expected to teach core and/or elective courses in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and develop and maintain an independent program of externally-funded research. Additional responsibilities include course development, thesis and dissertation supervision, and field practice supervision, and university service. Salary and benefits are competitive and are commensurate with experience and academic preparation.

The SDSU SPH is ranked in the top 20% of public health schools and programs in the nation and third in California. In fiscal year 2022, SDSU received a total $164.5 million in grants and contracts and ranked first among all California State Universities (CSU) in research productivity. The record-setting research activity represents an important step toward SDSU's goal of becoming a premier public research university and achieving "R1" status in the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The SPH grants MPH degrees in Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, Health Policy and Management, and Environmental Health; MS degrees in Epidemiology and Environmental Health; dual MPH/MA degrees in Epidemiology, Environmental Health, or Health Promotion and Latin American Studies; dual MPH/MSW degrees in Health Policy and Management and Social Work; and PhD degrees in Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behavior, and supports the core curriculum of the CEPH accredited SPH and the undergraduate public health major. See our website for more information.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy three or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least three (3) of these criteria.

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation.

Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

Application Instructions
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Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio ( with the following materials:
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. 2-3 page letter describing epidemiology teaching experience and philosophy, and research interests
  3. 1-2 page diversity statement describing how the applicant meets at least three (3) of the BIE criteria and where applicable how the applicant's research, teaching, and service address or promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
  4. Names and contact information of three references (who will not be contacted without first informing the candidate)

Application review will begin Nov 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


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