Assistant/Associate Professor (TT) - Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS), Southwest Center for Environmental & Occupational Hlth (SWCOEH); School of Public Health

Texas, USA

Assistant/Associate Professor (TT) - Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS), Southwest Center for Environmental & Occupational Hlth (SWCOEH); School of Public Health

Location: Texas

Category: Faculty

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 240000EI

UTHealth Houston School of Public Healthis expanding its environmental and occupational health sciences (EOHS) multidisciplinary program. UTHealth Houston School of Public Health aims to hire full-time faculty members to grow its new EOHS department and support interdisciplinary scholarship in EOHS-related topics, with a particular interest in developing new areas of inquiry that will place the EOHS program and the School as a whole in a strategic position of strength in this area of science.

The new Department of EOHS will continue providing outstanding educational and professional opportunitiesfor students to study physical, biological, and chemical exposures encountered by workers and the general public, to provide solutions to natural and man-made problems in our environment, and to becomeskilled environmental and healthscientists,leaders, and practitioners. The department willintegrate its high-quality educational programs (MPH and Ph.D. in Environmental Health) with a growing research portfolio,interactive field and laboratory work, and to gainnational recognition for its research programs in environmental and occupational health sciences. Further, the department will foster public health practice and professional service opportunities tobetter serve the community through the prevention or mitigation of exposure to environmental hazards.

We are seeking exceptional candidates for two (tenure-track) faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate level, commensurate with background, record, and experience. These positions offer the opportunity to have direct input into developing new ideas and innovative research directions while having the intellectual space to collaborate with current programs.

We are seeking innovative scholars who investigate and solve complex problems associated with environmental and occupational factors to improve the public’s health, safety, and well-being. To achieve this goal, the Department aims to include a diverse research portfolio that prioritizes discovery and innovative solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and occupational health problems. Priority topics include environmental exposures and sustainability, emerging workplace hazards, and risks, a holistic approach to worker well-being that embraces Total Worker Health®, risk science and policy, research translation, infectious diseases, social and community determinants of environmental and occupational health, and health disparities, climate risks and communication, and air pollution.

Position Key Accountabilities:

Successful candidates will be evaluated on the following responsibilities:

  • Research. Commitment to establishing and maintaining anindependently funded research programand to academic advancement with a strong focus on research accomplishments and publications in scholarly journals within the EOHS field.

  • Teaching & mentoring. Provide graduate-level courses in the EOHS curriculum and mentor and advise both master’s and doctoral students in EOHS programs. Commensurate with rank, faculty will serve as a mentor for junior faculty hires.

  • Service. Participate in activities that will enable the Department, School, and University to accomplish its mission. Participate in scholarly and professional organizations that will advance the profession. Provide expertise in areas related to EOHS to others, including other academic departments within the School, the University, or acting as representatives of the University using their expertise to the wider community of university partners and stakeholders.

SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (SWCOEH) : Established in 1977, the SWCOEH is the NIOSH-funded Texas Education and Research Center (ERC), and 1 of only 18 in the nation, at The UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. The SWCOEH has a 47-year history of commitment to occupational health and addressing a critical shortage of occupational and environmental health (OEH) professionals. The overall goal of the Center is to promote and improve health, safety, and well-being in the workplace and the community by responding to the critical need for well-trained OEH specialists. Through state-of-the-art graduate-level academic and research training in OEH disciplines and continuing professional education, the Center addresses the most pressing health and safety needs of workers, employers, and their communities. The SWCOEH has a track record of sustained funding, and solid graduates from excellent degree programs such as the ABET-accredited MPH in Industrial Hygiene program recently ranked 5th in the U.S. (, the occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) residency program continuously accredited by ACGME since 1977, and one of only two civilian OEM programs in Texas, and the first and only PhD program in Total Worker Health in the U.S.


The successful applicant should have a track record of accomplishment which will support and promote the continued success of the Department. The Search Committee seeks candidates with the following experience and abilities:

  • Education: A doctoral degree in environmental or occupational health sciences-related disciplineswith research interests in understanding the health effects associated with environmental or occupational risk factors.An MD or DO degree with experience in occupational medicine will be considered as well.

  • Research: An established record of independent scholarship with national and international prominence in the field of EOHScommensurate with academic rank, including high-impact,peer-reviewed research publications, federally-funded grants (e.g., NIH K-series or R-series) or that demonstrates the potential to develop independent and sustainable sponsored research portfolios in EOHS .

  • Teaching: Excellent reputation as an educatorand student mentor with a preference for graduate-level experience.

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.For more information on our benefits programs please refer to theUTHealth Office of Benefits Website.

Interested applicants should complete the web application and include a letter describing their qualifications and interests, along with their curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references atFaculty & Physicians jobs | Faculty & Physicians jobs at UTHealth Houston ( of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Be sure to add “EOHS Faculty Search” to the message subject line.

This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education Code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidates.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.