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Assistant/Associate Professor

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
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Nov 26, 2021

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Job Summary

Purdue University, Faculty Position in Epidemiology, Assistant or Associate Rank Position

With a strong commitment to advancing diversity in research, thought and representation, the Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University invites applications for tenure-track or tenured positions in the area of Epidemiology, as part of a cluster hiring initiative in Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity. A national leader in the graduation of Black and African American doctorates in the physical sciences, computer science, and veterinary medicine over the past 5 years, Purdue's track record of supporting diversity dates back well over a century and is rooted in our land-grant mission. Today, the University has embarked upon a comprehensive 5-year, $75 million plan to further enrich and diversify its faculty, staff, student body, as described here: [].

This cluster, comprised of 14 new faculty members across four colleges-Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Libraries and Information Studies, and Pharmacy-is just the first wave of a larger, multi-year cluster hiring initiative totaling 40 FTE overall that aims to expand our research enterprise, add to the range of perspectives of our faculty, and promote a supportive community for all students. Alongside several other ongoing initiatives, this program evinces Purdue's strong commitment to further enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information, a comprehensive plan may be found here: [].

The appointments would start in August 2022 or a future date subject to negotiation.

The Position

The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) seeks applicants in the area of epidemiology with a research focus in social determinants of health or global health. Other potential research areas include health disparities, health behaviors, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and molecular epidemiology. This will be a nine-month appointment with the possibility of internally or externally funded summer support. The successful candidate will bring/build an independent externally funded research program. The individual is also expected to participate in teaching and outreach activities consistent with the appointment and candidate's area of expertise.

Many opportunities exist to collaborate across HHS units and campus-wide (e.g., nutrition, obesity, gerontology, child/adolescent development, disease prevention, imaging, biomedical engineering). Opportunities for professional development/collaboration/pilot funding exist within the NIH-supported CTSI (, the college of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue Graduate School (, the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Discovery Park (, the Center on Aging and the Life Course (, the Bindley Bioscience Center (, and over 100 other Centers at Purdue ( A new hire in epidemiology could support multiple HHS signature areas including "Developmental Health and Wellness," "Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity" as well as Sustainable and Thriving Communities and Organizations"(

Department Information

The Department of Public Health

The overall mission of the Department of Public Health is to conduct the highest caliber cutting edge research in public health, to educate students in a diverse and inclusive environment, and to promote health through engagement with the public. The department is committed to providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate education and currently has approximately 188 undergraduate students in multiple majors and 250 graduate students.

The Department of Public Health is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, which comprises departments of Nursing, Nutrition Science, Health Sciences, and Psychology at Purdue. It is the second-largest college at Purdue with over 350 faculty and more than 6,000 students. Opportunities for collaboration exist across all units. Further, opportunities for professional development/pilot funding exist within the NIH-supported CTSI (, Women's Global Health Institute, the college of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue Graduate School, the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Discovery Park (, the Center on Aging and the Life Course (, and over 100 other Centers at Purdue (

Requirements/Application Procedure


All applicants must hold a doctorate in epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field. Postgraduate experience, a strong publication record, an ability to work with big data, experience with qualitative or quantitative analyses, or potential to obtain external research funding is encouraged. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (for example, with a demonstrated success in mentoring students underrepresented in academia or a research focus that contributes to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion) are encouraged.

Application Procedure

Applications need to include (1) a complete curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of research, (3) a statement of teaching, 4) at least three names of reference, and (5) the Diversity and Inclusion Statement. Purdue University's Department of Public Health is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

A background check will be required for employment in this position. Review of applications and interviews will begin November 15, 2021, and will continue until positions are filled. Inquiries can be sent to

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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