Environmental Microbiology/Microbial Process Engineering Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Pr...

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Position TypePermanent Faculty Working TitleEnvironmental Microbiology/Microbial Process Engineering Tenure Track Assistant or Associate ProfessorPosition NumberAppointment TypeTenured/Tenure TrackSalary RangeDependent on experience and qualificationsFull-time/Part-timeFull-Time PermanentIf part-time, hours per weekFTE1.0Vacancy IDFAC0002929Posting Open Date09/11/2019Application Deadline11/11/2019Open Until FilledNoProposed Start Date07/01/2020Position Summary

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina is seeking to hire a tenure track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in microbiology or microbial process engineering. With this hire, the Department seeks to advance its well-established research and educational programs in environmental microbiology and to build public health resilience to climate and environmental change. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be living under water stressed conditions by 2025. Shifting rainfall patterns, increased hydrological variability, and rising temperatures will alter the geographic range of pathogens, undermine water security, and threaten the sustainability and security of food, energy, and water systems. Together, floods, extreme weather events, water scarcity and poor water quality will increase the spread of disease and become a growing factor in migration, civil unrest, and conflict at home and abroad.

The successful candidate may work in a variety of areas: e.g., to characterize susceptible populations and microbial exposures, design effective interventions to reduce microbial risks, address water safety, infectious disease transmission, environmental or occupational exposures, design more resilient/distributed water treatment, and/or microbial methods for resource recovery. An interest in providing scholarly leadership in UNC’s Water Institute is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary collaborative community of scholars at Gillings, within UNC, and across the North Carolina research triangle.

Over the next several years, the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) and Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill plan to hire several tenure track faculty members to address public health resilience to climate and environmental change. WHO lists climate change as the #1 threat to global health. Appropriately, climate change and public health protection are also central to all five pressing challenges identified in the National Academies (NRC) report on Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century. Climate change can contribute to droughts, floods, heat waves and extreme weather events, which in turn impact air pollution, access to safe drinking water, toxic releases, food and nutrition, infectious and non-communicable diseases, migration and conflict, and exacerbate health inequities. As environmental scientists and engineers located within the top public school of public health, ESE is ideally positioned to address these pressing challenges. The Department has 98 years of experience and over 2000 alumni designing effective solutions for public health protection. We have internationally recognized faculty in air pollution, climate change and health, global water policy, infectious disease and microbiology, systems engineering, environmental health and children’s health. We are home to UNC’s Water Institute, Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions, and participate in UNC’s strong university-wide environmental and climate change communities. Since its founding, the Gillings School of Global Public Health has been a consistent advocate for health equity locally and globally.

This position’s responsibilities will include the following: develop an independent program of research including sustainable external sources of support, seek interdisciplinary collaborations, teach at least two courses per year that address Departmental needs, advise graduate and undergraduate student research, and engage in Departmental and professional service activities commensurate with rank and experience.

Educational Requirements

The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental health, biology, engineering, or a related field relevant to environmental sciences/engineering.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications include the following: first author publications in respected peer-reviewed journals, strong written and oral science communication skills for specialist and public audiences, cultural competence and commitment to inclusive excellence, depth of knowledge about environmental/public health microbiology, curiosity and interest in learning, critical analysis skills, interpersonal skills and leadership potential.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

For consideration, please submit your application through UNC’s Human Resources jobseekers website at hr.unc.edu. Please submit a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information of at least four references. For applicants at the Associate Professor levels, at least two of the suggested references must be from independent scholars who have not published with the applicant.

Review of applications will begin October 10 and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date of August 2020.

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all. Please include a separate diversity statement which outlines examples of your past commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as how you believe you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings.

Quick Linkhttp://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/165809 Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and TitleCaitlin Webster, HR ConsultantDepartment Contact Telephone or [email protected] Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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Posted: 10/20/2019
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