Faculty - Environmental Health and Policy - Virginia Tech's Department of Population Health Sciences

Virginia Tech's Department of Population Health Sciences seeks to attract a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the area of environmental health. The position is part of a robust and diverse cluster of faculty contributing to transdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach initiatives that align with our Global Systems Science Destination Area.

The Global Systems Science Destination Area is focused on the study of the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working in this area seek transdisciplinary solutions to critical problems associated with human activity and environmental change. Visit https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination_areas/areas_of_focus/da_gss.html for more information about this initiative.

This position will be based on the main campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia, situated in the scenic New River Valley.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to contribute to research, scholarship, and teaching in ways that support the department of Population Health Sciences’ objectives and contribute to the Global Systems Science Destination Area. The most competitive candidates’ research and teaching will focus on synthesis of human health data supporting environmental policy development. The successful candidate is expected to (1) develop or expand on a widely recognized research program that attracts external funding, (2) mentor and supervise graduate students, and (3) teach and develop courses in the department’s public health programs (PhD, MPH, and the new BSPH).

The candidate’s expertise may be in one or more areas of environmental health, but should complement the growing teams of Virginia Tech investigators working together to collaboratively address critical challenges, including, but not limited to, coastal and/or rural communities, disaster resilience and risk management, and policy. These trans- and interdisciplinary teams include scholars with expertise in geography, natural resources, agriculture and ecology, public health, One health, geology, Appalachian studies, statistics and data analytics, public policy and planning, antimicrobial resistance, and environmental engineering. These communities of scholars provide collaborative opportunities for the candidate to engage with faculty within and beyond the department in holistic approaches to understanding connections between human health and global change.

Virginia Tech also recognizes the critical importance of diversity in its faculty, students and staff along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded. Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence—InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a PhD, MD, ScD, DrPH, DVM or equivalent terminal degree. Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in environmental health, toxicology, environmental management and policy, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a closely related field and also have demonstrated experience with scholarly, interdisciplinary research. Clear potential collaborative linkages with existing interdisciplinary teams within the Global Systems Science Destination Area is considered a strength. Assistant Professor level candidates must show potential for significant scholarship and teaching ability, while Associate Professor or Professor level candidates must demonstrate significant scholarship and teaching ability. Applicants must have a commitment to engage in a campus community working to grow an inclusive culture and practices while building diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Applicants must possess excellent communication and collaboration skills and have a strong interest in, and commitment to, working with diverse populations.

Application: Applications will be accepted online at http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/511831?lApplicationSubSourceID=11250. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter addressing scholarship interests and qualifications, brief statements of teaching philosophy/experience and research interests/experience, a brief statement describing the applicant’s interest in and experience working with diverse groups and underrepresented populations, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Julia Gohlke, search committee chair, at jgohlke@vt.edu. Review of applications will begin January 6th, 2020 and continue until a successful candidate has been identified.

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