Asst/Assoc Professor in Environmental Health and Policy


Virginia Tech


Blacksburg, VA


Virginia Tech’s Department of Population Health Sciences seeks to attract a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the area of environmental health. The position is part of a robust and diverse cluster of faculty contributing to inter- and transdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach initiatives that align with Virginia Tech’s Global Systems Science Destination Area. More information can be found here:

The Global Systems Science Destination Area is focused on the study of the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working together in this area are collaborating toward transdisciplinary solutions to critical problems associated with human activity and environmental change that, together, impact disease states, water quality, and food production. Visit for more information about this initiative.

This position will be based on the main campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia, situated in the scenic New River Valley.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research, scholarship, and teaching in ways that support Department of Population Health Sciences’ objectives and contribute to the Global Systems Science Destination Area. The most competitive candidate’s research and teaching will focus on evidence synthesis of human health data supporting environmental policy development. The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop a widely recognized research program that attracts external funding, (2) mentor and supervise graduate students, and (3) teach and develop courses in the department’s public health programs (PhD, MPH, and the new BSPH).

The faculty member’s expertise should complement the growing teams of Virginia Tech investigators from a wide range of disciplines – including geography, natural resource management, agriculture, ecology, public health, geology, Appalachian studies, data analytics, public policy and planning, and environmental engineering – working on ‘global systems’ issues, including but not limited to coastal or rural communities, antimicrobial resistance, disaster resilience and risk management, and invasive species. This community of scholars will provide collaborative opportunities for holistic approaches to understanding connections between human health and global change.

Virginia Tech also recognizes the critical importance of diversity in its faculty, students and staff along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded. Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence—InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Required Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a PhD, MD, ScD, DrPH, DVM or equivalent terminal degree. Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in environmental health, toxicology, environmental management and policy, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a closely related field and also have demonstrated experience with scholarly, interdisciplinary research with clear linkages to existing interdisciplinary teams within the Global Systems Science Destination Area. Assistant Professor level candidates must show potential for significant scholarship and teaching ability, while Associate Professor or Professor level candidates must demonstrate significant scholarship and teaching ability. Applicants must have a commitment to engage in a campus community working to grow an inclusive culture and practices while building diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Applicants must possess excellent communication and collaboration skills and have a strong interest in, and commitment to, working with diverse populations.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online at Posting TR0190012. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter addressing scholarship interests and qualifications, brief statements of teaching philosophy/experience and research interests/experience, a brief statement describing the applicant’s interest in and experience working with diverse groups and underrepresented populations, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Laura Hungerford, search committee chair, at Review of applications will begin March 12, 2019 and continue until a successful candidate has been identified.

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Laura Hungerford

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