Assistant or Associate Professor: Industrial / Occupational Hygiene
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Internal Number: 348800
The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS) is seeking to fill a 100% Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track) position in Industrial/Occupational Hygiene.
The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.
This position will build on the existing strengths of EnHS and the School of Public Health (SPH). The division has a well-established, ABET-accredited Industrial Hygiene (IH) program. The IH program is part of the comprehensive occupational health training provided through the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS), an Education and Research Center funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. In addition to industrial hygiene, MCOHS has cutting edge training and research programs in safety, medicine, nursing, injury and violence prevention, and epidemiology, as well as a continuing education program. EnHS has a robust extramurally funded research program that integrates industrial hygiene, exposure science, epidemiology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, infectious diseases, food safety, and policy. These specialties are critical to understanding the complexity of occupational and environmental health risks and developing methods to prevent illnesses and injuries and promote well-being in worker and community populations. We seek to complement existing faculty strengths in the IH program and division by adding cutting-edge expertise in one or more of the following areas: exposure science, implementation science, qualitative research, and community engaged research.
The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in EnHS, other SPH divisions, and across the University, including, but not limited to, experts in epidemiology, toxicology, medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering, biostatistics, informatics, and public policy.
Research Activities: The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong independent and sustainable funded research program related to industrial hygiene. Areas of expertise of particular interest to EnHS include exposure science, implementation science, qualitative research, and community engaged research. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop research collaborations with colleagues in the division and across the University, as well as with collaborators outside the University.
Teaching Activities: EnHS offers graduate level training leading to MS, MPH, and PhD degrees. The successful candidate will be expected to teach interdisciplinary courses in industrial hygiene and occupational health, and to develop new courses as needs arise. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the education and mentoring of the diverse group of graduate students in the IH program.
Outreach Activities: There is a wide range of opportunities for service to professional organizations and government agencies, as well as outreach to industry and the community at-large. We especially value collaborations with underserved communities. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the University of Minnesota through service to the University.
Level and Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Start Date: The expected start date will depend on the availability of the selected candidate.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and have the ability to develop an independent and sustainable scholarly research program, develop and teach courses, mentor graduate students, participate in outreach and service, and contribute collaboratively to multidisciplinary efforts as part of their scholarly work. Demonstrated experience in preparing research grants, publishing in quality peer-reviewed journals, and presentations in relevant professional meetings is necessary. Candidates at the associate professor level are expected to demonstrate sustained success in funded scholarly activities.
The successful candidate must have extensive knowledge and experience in research that relates to industrial hygiene, with particular focus on novel and emerging areas of interest that complement existing division expertise. Among these areas of interest are:
Exposure science uses a variety of methods, measurements, and models to explain the complex inter-relationships among human populations; communities; ecosystems; wildlife; chemical, biological, and physical agents; and environmental stressors.
Implementation science seeks to facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practice and research into regular use by practitioners. This field tries to close the gap between what we know and what we do by identifying and addressing barriers that limit the uptake of proven health interventions and evidence-based practices.
Qualitative research focuses on obtaining data through open-ended and conversational communication. Analyzing non-numerical data can be used to understand concepts, opinions, or experiences and gather insights into problems and possible solutions.
Community engaged research incorporates input from people impacted by the research and involves them as equal partners throughout the research process. This involvement may include co-designing research questions, making decisions, influencing policies, and creating programs and interventions that affect their own lives.
The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to participate in ongoing education and training programs related to industrial hygiene at the University of Minnesota. Interest is expected in growing into leadership positions with EnHS-based centers such as MCOHS, the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training, the Upper Midwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, and the Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute.
We are interested in outstanding candidates with potential to work in multidisciplinary teams on existing and future SPH projects and in collaborations with partners in other academic units within the University, such as, but not limited to, the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Science and Engineering, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science, and Institute on the Environment. Evidence of success in acquiring support for multidisciplinary collaborations is highly valued.
Candidates who are a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or who are willing to become certified, are especially valued for program accreditation purposes.
Because the SPH and EnHS seek to increase the diversity of its faculty, we particularly welcome applicants from groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including racial/ethnic groups and/or LGBTQIA.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.