Assistant Professor in Environmental Health Sciences

Job Details

Job no: 510246
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Health Sciences
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, School of Public Health & Health Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, academic-year (nine-month), tenure-line position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences. UMass Amherst is a doctoral-granting university with highest research activity (R1).

This is a fully state-funded (nine-month) tenure line position. Responsibilities include developing an active program of research, teaching, and professional and community service, as well as mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Candidates must possess strong research skills with a potential for the development of an extramurally funded research program, commensurate with experience, in Environmental Health Sciences. Candidates will be expected to establish an independent research program and participate in graduate and undergraduate education and advising. Applicants with research interests in any area of environmental health will be considered; however, our department is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in risk assessment, exposure science, molecular epidemiology, bioinformatics/computational biology, mechanistic toxicology, or global environmental health to complement existing expertise within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

The successful applicant will join a rapidly growing graduate program and faculty in Environmental Health Sciences. Current areas of faculty research in the Environmental Health Sciences department include environmental exposure assessment, dose-response modeling, developmental toxicology, environmental epigenetics, and endocrine disruptors. In addition to national and international collaborations, public health faculty members collaborate extensively with faculty across the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, other departments on campus, the University's Medical School in Worcester, MA, and Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body, and curriculum. A record of, or potential for, building diverse and effective collaborations in research, teaching, and service is positively considered. The department is interested in candidates who have the potential to work with, or have their research help, diverse populations. Further, the department values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and who possess a strong commitment to contributing to the success of historically underrepresented students.

Requirements:

Candidates must have a professional profile appropriate for a September 1, 2022, tenure system appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, to include:

  • Terminal degree (PhD, ScD, DrPH) in Environmental Health Sciences, Public Health, or a related field by September 1, 2021
  • Strong evidence of or potential for independent and collaborative research
  • Strong record of peer reviewed publications, commensurate with experience
  • Potential for excellent teaching at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Potential for fostering equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Excellent potential for securing federal research funding
  • Demonstrated experience as a postdoctoral fellow or industry or government employee in their field of research.

Salary Information:

The University offers a competitive salary with an attractive benefits package. Details on benefits can be found at https://www.umass.edu/humres/benefits-0. This position is in the MSP/MTA bargaining unit.

Application Instructions:

Applicants are required to apply through the UMass online application system, unless unable to do so.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A letter of interest addressed to Professor Angela de Oliveira, Interim Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, 149A Goessmann Laboratory, 686 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003 USA
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A description of research
  4. A Teaching Statement
  5. Names and contact information for three references who are willing to submit letters upon request, through the UMass online applications system.

Additionally, applicants should submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses: their skills, experiences, and commitment to teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underrepresented student populations; professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity; and how their past or future research addresses fundamental questions important to a diverse and global society.

The application review process will begin October 25, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be received by November 1 for priority consideration. The anticipated start date is September 2022.

For questions about the search process, please contact the department administrator, Suzanne Tromara, at [email protected].

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research, or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Sep 23 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Organization

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.

 

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