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Assistant Professor of Environmental Systems and Human Health

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Feb 6, 2023

Link: Department Overview


Applications for this position will be accepted until 2/10/23.


The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Environmental Systems and Human Health (ESHH) Program, invites applicants for one full-time 12-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2023.  The current research strengths of the OHSU-PSU SPH are in the areas of maternal and reproductive health, infectious and zoonotic disease, health inequities arising from social structure, sexual/gender minority health, health policy, substance use disorders, ecological health, environmental chemistry, and climate change. The SPH and ESHH program also involve faculty with research strengths in occupational and environmental health who are based at OHSU’s nationally regarded Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. The new ESHH faculty member will contribute research expertise in these areas of strength and/or expand expertise into the field of Planetary Health, including environmental racism, the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities, or implementing environmental health solutions using systems approaches.  The ESHH faculty member will also teach graduate level environmental courses and mentor graduate students.


The OHSU-PSU SPH is aligned with the American Public Health Association in declaring racism a public health crisis, and our School is committed to becoming an antiracist SPH. We are working to center social justice in our internal and external work as a school and are committed to addressing structural and institutional racism, and to holding ourselves accountable to this work. In service to increasing the diversity of our faculty population we especially seek applicants who have lived experience as a member of an under-represented group, including non-white and / or first-generation college students. 


Our SPH is a joint school combining the resources of two of Oregon’s leading universities. We will lead in advancing a healthy, equitable society through community engagement, education, research, scholarship, and service. Uniting the cultures and resources of OHSU and of PSU, the SPH educates future public health leaders and advances public health scholarship through creative research, innovative educational practices, and sustained engagement with community partners. We believe in inclusion, innovation, integration, integrity and impact. We are committed to hiring faculty who have a keen interest in, and desire to advance, the School’s educational, research, service and community engagement missions and values.


This position reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Function/Duties of Position

The duties of this position include:

  • Develop and maintain a research program of environmental health-related investigations, collaborating across the SPH, OHSU, and PSU, as well as externally.
  • Obtain extramural funding to support research activities and advance the program.
  • Publish and/or otherwise communicate the products of scholarship, including in peer-reviewed venues.
  • Teach environmental systems and human health core and elective courses at the masters level.
  • Advise and mentor graduate students, including possibly participating in doctoral research.
  • Advance the strategic goals of SPH, contribute to the shared governance of the SPH, and engage in collegial activities in support of the SPH missions.

Required Qualifications

Position Conditions/Qualifications:

  • A doctorate degree (e.g., PhD, ScD, DrPH, DPhil) in environmental or occupational health, environmental science, environmental justice, earth and environmental systems, or a closely related discipline by the position start date.
  • Demonstrate a trajectory of increasing independence in conducting health-related research and an ongoing record of communicating products of scholarship including peer-reviewed publications.
  • Candidates for Assistant Professor should demonstrate potential to obtain extramural funding for their research program.
  • Experience with and interest in teaching graduate courses covering a variety of environmental systems and human health topic areas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Commitment to educational equity and promotion of diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Leading research teams or potential to lead research teams.
  • Experience with contributing to teaching environmental systems and human health courses, if no direct teaching experience.
  • Experience advising and/or mentoring graduate students.
  • Teaching in a variety of settings such as in-person, remote, and asynchronous.

Additional Details

Apply through the OHSU Jobs page. 


Applications shall include:

  1. A cover letter not exceeding 5 pages describing in the following order:
    1. Reasons for interest in this position and anticipated contributions to the OHSU-PSU SPH missions and to the Environmental Systems and Human Health programs,
    2. Research expertise, summary of accomplishments and future directions including possible funding plans,
    3. Experience and accomplishments in teaching environmental or other public health courses, or describe classes that could be taught if no direct teaching experience,
    4. Experience with mentoring or advising graduate students or other learners, particularly those who are underrepresented in the academy, or vision for mentoring/advising students if no direct experience,
    5. Accomplishments and interests in community engagement and/or service,
    6. Articulation of how your research and teaching align with our School’s commitment to becoming an antiracist institution,
    7. Experiences or activities demonstrating commitment to advancing SPH missions and values, particularly around health equity and social justice.
  2. A current curriculum vitae,
  3. Copies of two (2) key publications, and
  4. The names, contact information, and professional relationship to candidate for three (3) persons willing to provide a professional reference.


Timeline and Selection Process:


Review of applications will begin in early 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates may be invited to participate in a remote screening interview. Finalists for the position will give a public presentation of their research and may be asked to give a teaching demonstration.  References will be contacted only during the final selection process.




Please contact Joseph Needoba, Search Committee Chair, at for questions about the position.



All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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