Assistant, Associate or Full Professor – Health Sciences #604609

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • Oct 16, 2019
Full time   Health Sciences, OT, PT, Kinesiology

Job Description

The Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC), a dynamic, new Research Center for Minority Institutions at Northern Arizona University funded by NIMHD, seeks two Health Services Researchers, Health Economists, Biostatisticians or Epidemiologists to join our expanding team.  The long-term goal of SHERC is to eliminate health disparities among diverse populations of the southwestern United States by focusing on building research capacity in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences at NAU.  We are uniquely positioned to do this at NAU, given our longstanding commitment to serving underrepresented students and citizens in our region, our strong working relationships with tribal, Latinx, and rural communities, and our dedication to conduct health equity research that directly improves the lives of the people we serve.

SHERC is housed in the Center for Health Equity Research in the College of Health and Human Services at NAU.  We seek applicants for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track or tenured research and teaching faculty position at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level to start in the Fall of 2020. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience leading multi-year population health research projects and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Scholarly work should reflect best practices regarding statistical analysis and reporting, study design, study recruitment and other indices of optimal and transparent research.

The successful candidate will:

1) maintain an independent research program that is supported by external funding and produce peer reviewed science in the field of public health;

2) contribute to the teaching mission of the CHHS including the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate, MPH, and PhD students as well as post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty; and

3) perform service for the department, center, college, university and profession.

Workload will likely be distributed initially as 70% Research, 20% Teaching and 10% Service with the possibility of negotiation of responsibilities each year, depending on grant funding. Preference will be given to applicants with documented contributions to translational research and successful interdisciplinary collaboration.

We value diversity and seek individuals committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-engaged research.  Researchers in all content areas are encouraged to apply. Areas of specific research growth in CHER and SHERC include cross cutting areas such as social determinants of health, behavioral and clinical health, and methodological and analytical strategies for community-based and multilevel interventions.

Submission Deadline: This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2019.

Salary: Rank and salary are commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

At the rank of Assistant Professor:

  • Earned doctoral degree in Health Services Research, Health Economics, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, or related field, at the time of application.
  • Applicants must currently hold the rank of assistant professor, or be completing a postdoctoral position at the time of application.
  • Expertise with study design and statistical analysis in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Experience with and/or valuing of quantitative or mix-methods research design.
  • University teaching experience.

At the rank of Associate Professor, in addition to the above qualifications, the following are required:

  • Prior appointment at the rank of associate professor at an institute of higher education or at least 5 years’ experience in a full-time assistant professor position, and/or meet or exceed NAU department criteria for rank as determined by the department Chair and faculty status committee.
  • Strong record of peer reviewed publication and sustained scholarship.
  • Teaching and service consistent with established promotion criteria in the College of Health and Human Services.
  • History of external funding from NIH or equivalent sources.
  • Evidence of health services, epidemiological or equivalent research with an emphasis on health equity.

At the rank of Full Professor, in addition to the above qualifications, the following are required:

  • Prior appointment at the rank of full professor at an institute of higher education or at least 5 years’ experience in a full-time associate professor position, and meet or exceed NAU department criteria for rank as determined by the department Chair and faculty status committee.
  • Well-established record of peer reviewed publication and sustained scholarship that demonstrates leadership and reputation in the field.
  • Record of supporting and mentoring junior faculty.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of statistical/methodological knowledge base and contributions to clinical and translational research that complements existing CHER/SHERC faculty areas’ of expertise with an emphasis on health equity.
  • Evidence of effective collaboration regarding research design and analysis approaches using health-related administrative data and clinical data sets, large-scale observational data, national surveys, comparative effectiveness, randomized trials, cluster randomized trials, and/or community-based trials.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to health equity research.
  • Leadership experience and expertise in building multidisciplinary teams and developing multi-investigator grants and programs.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows or junior faculty in health research.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate our published research into policy and practice.
  • Excellent communication skills with a wide variety of audiences, including healthcare professionals, community stakeholders, sponsors, and/or policy makers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Application Details

Application must include:

  1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. a statement of research interests; and
  5. names and contact information for three references.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets. You may also contact in SHERC for assistance. If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Applications must be submitted through the NAU Human Resources portal at


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