UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, Austin TX Location: Assistant or Associate Professor

Institution (Location)
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, Austin TX Location
Position Description

The Austin location of UTHealth Houston School of Public Health (SPH) is currently broadening its interdisciplinary research and training programs, particularly in youth and family health research. Our primary emphasis lies in the early prevention of chronic diseases (such as obesity or mental health), improper nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use.

We are actively inviting applications for a year-round, tenure-track position for either an Assistant or Associate Professor within any of our four public health departments: (1) Epidemiology, Human Genetics, Environmental Sciences, (2) Management, Policy & Community Health; (3) Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, and (4) Biostatistics & Data Science. The candidate’s home department will be determined based on their specific expertise, interests, and how well they align with a department’s existing projects (further information can be found at https://sph.uth.edu/dept/).  We offer a competitive salary and startup resources.

The School of Public Health at UTHealth Houston spans six Texas locations, Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston. It employs a diverse faculty (>180 members) and more than 1,700 MPH, MS, PhD, and DrPH graduate students. MS Teams and WebEx platforms allow these students to engage in courses across all campuses, fostering an interactive educational environment and enhancing cooperation between faculty and students. Faculty members at the Austin branch specialize in research on children and families. They conduct surveillance studies on youth health risk factors, design and evaluate school and community public health initiatives and policies, explore implementation science, and perform secondary data analysis. Key areas of study at the Austin location encompass obesity prevention and treatment, public health nutrition, promotion of physical activity, tobacco control and regulatory sciences, health policy and health economics research, oral health promotion, and the impact climate on public health.


Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

We are looking for an individual possessing robust academic qualifications, demonstrated by a history of receiving external research funding, producing research publications, and contributing to academic services. Candidates should have applied for at least one NIH or federal grant in the capacity of Principal Investigator, with a notable preference for those who have successfully secured NIH youth and family prevention research or other federal funding. Ideal candidates would exhibit professional interests in areas such as child and adolescent mental health, health policy, complex data analysis and biostatistics, and the influence of climate on public health.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates will be required to contribute to UTHealth’s educational program, further their individual research pursuits, and provide professional service to build upon our existing emphasis on child and family health and prevention of chronic disease.

The review process commences immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Aspiring applicants can complete the web application at https://www.uth.edu/hr/uthealth-careers.  Alongside this, please include a cover letter outlining your qualifications, your curriculum vitae, and contact details for three professional referees. Also, include personal statements on a) research and collaboration, b) teaching and student mentoring, and c) professional service.

For further information contact committee chair, Dr. Steven Kelder, PhD, MPH at [email protected] , or Jayme Wood, the faculty search administrative assistant at [email protected] .

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with the applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law. This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidate.