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Research Assistant Professor FRI Public Health

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: First-Year Research Immersion
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Dec 20, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 9060
Position ID:: 171123

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University invites applications for a three-year renewable, full time Research Assistant Professor (also known as the Research Educator) position, to begin August 2024. This is a unique 10-month non-tenure track faculty position that directly combines teaching and research. This position is for Public Health (open to individuals with appropriate background in Public Health, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Anthropology, Psychology, Data Science, Medical Sociology or other Public Health related fields). Candidates should have research experience in one or more of these areas: environmental health, community health, global health, health economics, occupational health, or data science. Candidates must have completed a terminal degree (DrPH or PhD) before starting.

FRI Public Health is a program in which a Research Educator guides first-year and second-year students in innovative research that advances the field. The Research Educator shapes the research theme, but the stream has typically focused on collecting data via surveying or using publicly available data sets and then analyzing these large data sets to examine patterns and inform policy relating to: mental health, maternal and child health, obesity, chronic disease prevention research and/or social determinants of health. This position will entail guiding student cohorts (~30 per cohort) through authentic research experiences and, in doing so, will help students develop the professional skills desired by graduate schools and employers. Within that process and working with the faculty stream collaborators, the Research Educator maintains and/or expands their own research program. More detail about the FRI program is available at our website:

The Research Educator reports to the FRI Director and works closely with the faculty collaborators of this research stream and the other FRI research educators in a community of practice. Overall, FRI provides an excellent education and research training program with opportunities for continuation in the FRI program with expanded roles and responsibilities overtime. Most FRI research assistant professors have stayed in the role for 3 years or more.


  • Teaching & Mentorship
    • Serve as instructor for stream FRI courses (Fall: HARP 170 & ANTH 306; Spring: ANTH 206)
    • Continually develop, maintain and revise stream curriculum
    • Supervise, train & manage undergraduate peer mentors (UGPMs)
  • Research
    • Maintain research lab & budget
    • Perform research in conjunction with stream students
    • Collaborate with faculty and relevant collaborators on research projects
    • Disseminate results
  • Service
    • Participate in FRI program events & committees
    • Support students in continuing efforts and activities post-FRI program experience
  • General
    • Attend and actively participate in FRI faculty/staff meetings
    • Facilitate formative and summative assessments of the research stream and FRI students
  • Professional Development
    • Actively participate in research and educational professional development activities

The FRI research community empowers students to make scientific and personal discoveries while developing vital skills for success through four main value pillars: community, transferable-skills, personal impact, and discovery.


Strong candidates must have:

  • Graduate degree in a discipline matching the research stream
  • Advanced experimental design and technical skills that align with the research stream
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience in higher education (can be as a teaching assistant)
  • Ability to train undergraduate researchers and evaluate their work
  • Ability to train, evaluate and supervise undergraduate peer mentor assistants
  • Ability to manage a research laboratory
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and timelines simultaneously with a high degree of organization, accuracy and efficiency
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively
  • Strong professional and organizational skills
  • Ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to analyze and organize information and materials for a variety of research projects

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply using the University's applicant tracking system, Interview Exchange Please submit as separate documents:

  • Cover letter (1 page maximum) telling us why you are interested in the position and why you feel you are qualified
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references, who will be contacted by the search committee following an initial review of applicants via
  • Teaching philosophy and how it relates to teaching undergraduates how to conduct research (250-500 words)
  • Diversity statement (the candidate's individual experience, participation in, promotion of and/or impact of diversity in their own lives) (250-500 words)
  • Research statement including example research projects that could be employed with first- and second-year students (250-500 words)

Review of applications begins February 1, 2024 and continues until the position is filled.

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your curriculum vita. After you fill out your contact information, you will be directed to the upload page. Please login to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents:

The State University of New York and Binghamton University are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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