Tenured Professor & Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Commensurate with experience.
Jan 17, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) is accepting applications for the position of Tenured Professor & Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH).

The selected candidate is expected to bring a dynamic vision of integrating exposure assessment with new precision Environmental Health approaches.  The candidate will provide effective leadership and management skills to foster the growth of innovative fundamental and translational environmental health sciences spanning several disciplines including: molecular cell biology; pharmacology and toxicology; molecular genetics and epigenetics; advanced analytical and redox chemistry/biochemistry; structural biology; animal models of acute and chronic disease;  applied population and clinical studies involving, gene x environment interactions over time, exposome science, big data analytics and environmental epidemiology.  The Chair will play a prominent role in the Pittsburgh biomedical community by: continuing to grow the core components of the Department; leveraging the community’s many strengths to help reduce mortality and morbidity associated with environmentally-induced disease; and participate with colleagues and Department Chairs in allied health sciences to improve overall public health and well-being. 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strategic vision for short- and long-term development of EOH that supports the goals of GSPH and the University of Pittsburgh
  • The ability to maintain his/her own vigorous program of independent environmental health sciences research
  • A commitment to advancing public health and medicine through collaborative and interdisciplinary research
  • Knowledge and experience in educational programs and mentoring
  • A successful record of professional leadership

The Chair is a full-time faculty position.  Candidates (PhD or MD) must have a distinguished record of research, teaching, publication, service and academic accomplishments that meets the criteria for tenure.  Experience in environmental health science supported specialized research and training centers is desirable.  New laboratory space will be available.  Resources are available for intra- and inter-departmental program development and recruitment.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Desired start date is July 1, 2017. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration applications should be submitted by Feb 15, 2017.  Candidates should submit a letter of application stating professional accomplishments including leadership and research, curriculum vitae, and names of people who could supply letters of reference.  Please send these materials electronically to:

Dr. Ben Van Houten

Chair, EOH Chair Search Committee

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Public Health



Environmental and Occupational Health was an integral part of the founding (1949) of Graduate School of Public Health.  With 22 primary faculty (including 8 tenured faculty), the department of EOH has extensive research and educational portfolios.  The Department has active research programs in free radical biology (oxidative lipidomics, partially reduced oxygen and nitrogen species in signal transduction), metal toxicology (arsenic, zinc, iron), DNA damage and repair (telomeric instability), mitochondrial biochemistry, pulmonary biology and toxicology (acute lung injury, host defense, pulmonary fibrosis and silicosis, pulmonary hypertension, asthma, tobacco associated lung disease) neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s) disease and acute brain injury, as well as cancer and aging.   Advanced technologies in mass spectrometry, molecular genetics and epigenetics, cell based (mesenchymal stem cells and exosomes) and small molecule (mitochondrial targeted agents, drug discovery in chemical and radiation countermeasures) therapies support robust interactions with collaborators in the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Aging Institute, Institute for Personalized Medicine, Magee Women’s Research Institute and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences as well as Carnegie Mellon University.  Medically trained faculty participate in health care delivery for patients with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis.  A number of additional medically trained faculty are active secondary appointees.  Educational programs include MPH, MS, PhD and DrPH degrees with a total of 40 students currently enrolled.  EOH faculty are mentors on advanced NIH (KO1, R99KOO, KO8, T32) and other (Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, American Heart Association) training grants. Annual extramural funding of the department is approximately $8.4 million.

For further information and details about Department of Environmental and Occupational Health go to http://www.EOH.pitt.edu