Associate /Full Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Arizona, United States
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Community Environment & Policy (4206)
Medical:  Sub-Speciality    
Location:    UAHS - Tucson

Position Summary 

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona (UA) invites applicants for a full/associate level faculty position with tenure in the Environmental Health Sciences program in the Department of Community, Environment, and Policy. We are seeking an independent investigator who has established expertise in environmental health research, environmental epidemiology, and/or exposure science – particularly including the following areas: health equity, environmental justice, one health, climate-associated disease, exposomics, human toxicology, arid environments, environmental microbiology, and the built environment. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated the ability to lead and contribute to interdisciplinary environmental health research teams.

The Department of Community, Environment and Policy is at the nexus between environmental science and health research – two of six strategic research areas at UA. This provides an unparalleled opportunity for an environmental health scholar at one of the leading universities in the US for environmental science research. At the center of our reputation is the Institute for the Environment which fosters and facilitates cross-campus, community, state, national, and worldwide collaborations that resolve environmental challenges. The Institute includes more than 300 affiliated faculty, including those in public health, who are internationally recognized for their environmental research and who reflect the UA’s commitment to interdisciplinary study. UA has three centers with funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), including the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (P30), the Superfund Research Program (P42), and the Center for Indigenous and Environmental Health Research (P50). The Department also houses the Environmental, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center (ESRAC).

As evidence of the UA’s interdisciplinary culture, faculty in the Department regularly collaborate with other Departments (Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, Mining and Geological Engineering, Mexican American Studies, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Promotion, and Soil, Water, and Environmental Science), Colleges and Schools (Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geography and Development, Natural Resources, Microbiology, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Eller College of Management), Centers (Water Research and Resource Center, Arizona Cancer Center, Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, UA Center for the Elimination of Border Health Disparities, Global Health Institute), and others throughout Arizona’s public University system.

The Department has two programs: (1) Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) and (2) Public Health Policy and Management (PHPM). Within the EHS Program, we offer an MPH degree in Environmental and Occupational Health and an MS and PhD degree in Environmental Health Sciences. We also offer an environmental and occupational health track within the undergraduate Public Health major and an accelerated BS/MPH joint degree. One of the Department’s truly unique opportunities is the active partnerships in regional, multi-disciplinary, community-based research projects addressing health issues relative to US-Mexico border communities and indigenous populations. To learn more about the Department of Community, Environment, and Policy, please visit our website at:

The UA’s MEZCOPH is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and a member of the Association of Schools and programs of Public Health (ASPPH). It is a rapidly growing and dynamic college whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of individuals and communities in the Southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research, and service.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The UA was recently designated a Hispanic Serving Institution according to the US Department of Education. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the Department and College. The College ranks among the top ASPPH schools with number of Latinx and Native American Students.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Just 60 miles from the Mexican border, Tucson is a vibrant, inclusive, urban environment with world-class cuisine and a lively art scene. Located in the lush Sonoran Desert famous for its monumental cacti and stunning sunsets, Tucson is surrounded by mountains reaching over 9000 feet enabling outdoor adventures of all sorts, including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and even skiing. Tucson is easy to get around and is consistently rated as one of the top bicycling cities in the nation. Tucson has a low cost of living and very affordable housing.

Salary is commensurate with faculty rank and experience.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities    

  • Manage and maintain ongoing vigorous and productive research programs.
  • Teach, organize, and develop courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in environmental health sciences and contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Advise and mentor junior faculty and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Contribute to the research and service mission of the College through outreach and collaboration with community partners.
  • Participate in departmental, college, and university service.
  • Assist in the development of innovative approaches to enhance student engagement, increase diversity, and expanding collaborations with community business partners.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities    

Minimum Qualifications    

  • An advanced degree (Ph.D., DrPH, MD, or other relevant doctoral degree) in environmental health sciences, or a related discipline.
  • Academic credentials appropriate for the rank of associate/full professor with tenure, including evidence of ability to secure research grants and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated track record of mentorship of students, postdoctoral scholars, junior investigators, or other scientific oriented teams.

Preferred Qualifications    

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, evidenced by course evaluations, teaching awards, or other means.
  • Ability to lead and contribute to interdisciplinary environmental health research teams – particularly in the following areas: environmental epidemiology, exposure science, health equity, environmental justice, one health, climate-associated disease, exposomics, human toxicology, arid environments, environmental microbiology, and the built environment.

Rank: To be determined.
Tenure Information: Tenured (T)
FLSA: Exempt
FTE : 1.0
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40
Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay: DOE
Job Category:   Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)