Assistant Professor Tenure-Track Position in Innovative Research Methods and Analysis of Complex Da

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Job Title: Assistant Professor Tenure-Track Position in Innovative Research Methods and Analysis of Complex Data in the Health Sciences
Job ID: 2018587
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member (60% research, 40% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of August 23, 2019.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) has entered a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut investment and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence. Diversity is one of UConn's core values and we aspire to be an increasingly inclusive educational institution that attracts, retains, and values talented people from all backgrounds. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The Department of Allied Health Sciences has a vibrant, multidisciplinary faculty dedicated to advancing knowledge through interdisciplinary research, teaching and community service. We are continuing to expand by adding two new tenure-track faculty members in 2019 after adding five new faculty in 2017. With 28 faculty, over 750 undergraduates and 28 graduate students, we actively engage in research in obesity, HIV/AIDS, digital health, behavioral genomics, nutrition, food policy, cancer prevention, and public health. The Department offers an undergraduate major in Allied Health with multiple concentrations, including Public Health and Health Promotion and Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety; three nationally-accredited health programs (Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences); two masters programs (Health Promotion Sciences, Health Care Genetics); and a PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences. Faculty also receive research and grant support through the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy (InCHIP), a multidisciplinary research institute with national and international impact on health behaviors at the individual, environmental, social and policy levels.

We invite candidates with expertise in innovative health research methods and analysis of complex data in one or more of the following areas: adaptive and/or just-in-time designs, optimization designs, intensive longitudinal data analyses, social network analyses, artificial intelligence (e.g., natural language processing, machine learning), and/or data mining with health-related data. The successful candidate will have strong expertise in at least one (but not all) of these areas. The candidate should have experience in health-related research and collaborating with researchers from health-related disciplines (e.g., psychology, epidemiology, public health, marketing, nutrition science, kinesiology, genetic sciences, occupational health, biostatistics, medicine). The candidate is expected to develop a strong, independent, extramurally-funded, innovative research program in a health-related area that addresses and complements existing departmental research activities in obesity, HIV/AIDS, digital health, genomics, nutrition, food policy, cancer prevention, and public health. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the research and scholarship mission of the University through extramural funding, high-quality publications and national/international recognition. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction and advising/mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Department's curriculum through teaching of existing courses and/or development of new and innovative courses.

The successful candidate will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and demonstrate leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, including (but not limited to) biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, computer science or psychology
  2. A record of health-related research scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications
  3. Evidence of successful collaborations with researchers in one or more disciplines external to their own
  4. Expertise in one or more of the innovative health research methodologies and analytics areas listed above
  5. Evidence of promise as an independent investigator
  6. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills
  7. Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity through teaching and research

Preferred Qualifications
  1. A record of health-related research inquiry as evidenced by grant funding and/or submitted grant applications
  2. Postdoctoral research experience
  3. Potential for the candidate to have maximal collaborations with departmental faculty as well as faculty in other departments
  4. Demonstrated potential for supervising graduate and/or undergraduate student research
  5. Demonstrated potential for teaching undergraduate and graduate methodological/analytic courses
  6. Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities desired but not required

Appointment Terms

This is a 9-month, tenure-track position with an expected start date of August 23, 2019, and will support the department's mission to be a national and international leader in health promotion science, education, and research. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please select "Apply" to submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); sample journal articles; and three letters of recommendation following the instructions on Academic Jobs Online.

Only applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online will be accepted. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than September 1, 2018. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2018587). Inquiries should be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Sherry Pagoto ([email protected]).

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.





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Posted: 9/8/2018
Application Due: 11/7/2018
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