Assistant/Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Position Description

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is seeking candidates for a tenure track position as Assistant/Associate Professor. The focus is on Population Health & Health Equity.

We seek a rising scholar who can help advance the field of population health sciences. We are interested in scholars who conduct innovative, theoretically sophisticated, methodologically rigorous, interdisciplinary and intersectional research to advance health equity. Possible topics of expertise include but are not limited to: (1) understanding how social and/or organizational policies impact population health. Areas of focus may include the impact of labor markets, education, welfare, and organizational policies (e.g., workplaces, schools) on health and health equity; (2) measuring and monitoring population health and health inequities; (3) population health, and health equity as they relate to migration (within and between countries) or Indigenous populations; (4) translational research (e.g. implementation science) involving social and/or behavioral interventions and evaluations to improve health equity.

The mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is to understand and intervene on the social determinants of health and health equity across the life-course. This mission is achieved through research to identify the social and behavioral determinants of health, development and evaluation of interventions and policies leading to the improvement of population health, and the preparation of professionals and researchers who will fill leadership positions in advocacy and public service. The department’s educational mission is to train both scholars and practitioners: scholars whose research will illuminate basic social determinants of health and who will identify and test innovative social policy and service interventions; practitioners who are skilled in designing, implementing, and evaluating health-enhancing interventions in action settings. The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s mission through his or her research and through teaching and advising students in the doctoral and master’s programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and mentoring postdoctoral fellows.

We encourage applications from members of groups recognized by the US National Science Foundation and US National Institutes of Health as being underrepresented in the scientific and biomedical workforce and also recognized by the NIH as constituting “health disparity” populations, i.e., African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics (or Latinos), Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; women; and sexual and gender minorities.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks to find, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best scholars. We are committed to upholding the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school and the communities we serve.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.
Information on resources for career development and work/life balance at HSPH can be found at: http://hsph.me/resources-career-development-and-work-life-balance.

Basic Qualifications 

We are especially interested in junior candidates who earned their doctoral degree in one of the population health sciences (e.g., social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, bioinformatics) or a related public health field, or in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, demography), with training in public health. Candidates should have expertise in their field and a track record of interdisciplinary scholarship and application of intersectional approaches in both research and pedagogy. The research and teaching should each be directed towards understanding and changing population health and improving health equity.

Additional Qualifications 

Candidates with a track record of obtaining and leading externally funded research projects will be given priority.

Special Instructions Contact Information

Monika Szperka, Search Administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences,
Harvard TH Chan SPH
677 Huntington Ave. Bldg 3, 7th fl
Boston, MA 02115

Contact Email mszperka@hsph.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 4 Maximum Number of References Allowed 6 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Harvard ARIeS Website
    • HSPH Faculty Openings Website
    • Referred by colleague
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Other journal advertisement
    • Nomination Letter
    • Professional Conference or Listserv

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research
  5. Publication
  6. Publication 2

Optional Documents

  1. Publication 3
  2. Publication 4
  3. Publication 5
  4. Course Evaluation
  5. Course Evaluation
  6. Publication 6