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Research Center Director and Associate/Full Professor in Environmental Health

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Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Department of Public Health
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General Summary of Position:

The Department of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks a successful Environmental Health researcher to serve as the director for two of our leading environmental health centers. The successful candidate will have strong expertise and research interests in environmental health and will be appointed at the associate or full professor level, depending upon qualifications. This faculty member will be expected to provide leadership within the department regarding environmental health.

Candidates should have a successful track record in securing extramural funding to support their research programs. The department seeks applicants with broad, prevention-oriented research interests that span local, national, and international environmental health challenges in the following areas: toxicology; exposure assessment and control; safety; built environment; pollution prevention; and hazards management and prevention. Emphasis will be placed on experience working with interdisciplinary teams.

The candidate for this position will assume the leadership of two of our centers:

  1. The internationally recognized Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), which was created as part of the Commonwealth's Toxics Use Reduction Program. TURI conducts research and provides technical support, outreach and education to assist Massachusetts companies and communities in reducing their use of toxic chemicals. The director provides leadership, vision, and supervision for approximately 15 full-time staff, https://www.turi.org/.
  2. The New England Consortium (TNEC), which is the region's model hazardous waste operations and emergency response worker health and safety training organization, https://www.uml.edu/TNEC/.

The Department of Public Health is located in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, a dynamic, growing college that prepares professionals and scientists in a wide range of health science fields including applied, clinical and translational areas. A large research program and vibrant community partnerships and engagement opportunities enrich and support our educational programs. The successful candidate will work with internal collaborators in the college and with UMass Lowell’s Colleges of Engineering and Science, as well as with external academic practice/government/industry partners.

The ability and interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in public health is a requirement. The individual will also be engaged in service to the college, including supporting development of curricula in environmental and occupational health. We seek applicants recognized for teaching excellence, scholarly productivity, ability to work with diverse populations, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, students, curriculum and support programs, and to promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage anyone with strengths in these areas to apply.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Doctoral degree in a field related to environmental health, safety, or public health related chemistry, biomedical sciences, toxicology or engineering
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Strong record of research and publication in a currently tenured position with a record of extramural research support
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience in fostering interdisciplinary research initiatives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  
  • Discipline-specific teaching experience preferred
  • Professional certification (CIH, RS, CSP) if relevant, and field experience in government, non-profit sector, or industry

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.     

Candidate must submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter which provides an overview of leadership experience in environmental health and summarizes the candidates interest in leading TURI and TNEC, teaching statement/philosophy, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and research statement summarizing past funding success and future plans.  Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.  

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

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