About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary:

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time, academic-year (nine-month), tenure-line position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences. UMass Amherst is a doctoral-granting university with the highest research activity (R1) and is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts. The department offers MS, MPH, and PhD degrees in environmental health sciences, and is part of a large undergraduate degree in public health sciences.

This is a fully state-funded (nine-month) tenure line position. Responsibilities include developing an active program of research, teaching, professional, and community service, as well as mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Candidates must possess strong research skills with a potential for the development of an extramurally funded research program, commensurate with experience, in Environmental Health Sciences. Candidates will be expected to establish an outstanding independent research program and participate in graduate and undergraduate education and advising. Applicants with research interests in any area of environmental health with connections to public health will be considered; however, our department is particularly interested in candidates with health-related expertise in risk assessment, exposure science, molecular epidemiology, climate change, built environment, One Health, occupational health, or global environmental health to complement existing expertise within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Essential Functions

The successful applicant will join a rapidly growing graduate program and faculty in Environmental Health Sciences. Current areas of faculty research in the Environmental Health Sciences department include environmental exposure assessment, dose-response modeling, developmental toxicology, environmental epidemiology, and endocrine disruptors. In addition to national and international collaborations, public health faculty members collaborate extensively with faculty across the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, other departments on campus, the University’s Medical School in Worcester, MA, and Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure

Candidates must have a professional profile appropriate for a September 1, 2024, tenure system appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, to include:

• Terminal degree (PhD, ScD, DrPH) in Environmental Health Sciences, Public Health, or a related field by September 1, 2023
• Strong evidence of independent and collaborative research
• Strong record of peer reviewed publications commensurate with experience
• Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additional Details

Preference will be given to candidates possessing excellent potential for securing federal research funding, as well as those who demonstrate experience as a postdoctoral fellow in their field of research.

Salary Information

The University offers a competitive salary with an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of their research and teaching statements, and contact information for three professional references. Additionally, applicants should submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses past or future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach.

The application review process will begin October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 2024.

For questions about the search process, please contact the department administrator, Joshua Wielgosz, at jwielgosz@umass.edu.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research, or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.