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Environmental Health Disparities Cluster Hire - Associate/Full Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Open September 7th, 2021 through Saturday, Apr 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The University of California, Irvine, Program in Public Health is seeking applicants for Professor with tenure in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health as part of the UCI Black Thriving Initiative (BTI). Through BTI, UCI aspires to become the nation’s foremost destination for Black people to thrive as undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni and communities served by the campus in California, the United States and around the world. For more information about the UCI BTI, please visit The successful candidate’s research program should address how environmental exposures and social stressors interact to create and promote health disparities, by addressing exposures, environmental health impacts, and/or interventions relevant to Black communities. Qualified applicants should have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing educational opportunities designed to support the success of diverse graduate and undergraduate students. Qualifications also include an outstanding extramurally funded research program in environmental health disparities. We are especially interested in candidates with experience working with a multidisciplinary team in a community-based participatory approach. This position requires a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, and/or MD), a strong record of research accomplishments and publications, and internationally recognized research contributions to the field.

This position is part of a UCI-wide Environmental Health Disparities faculty cluster hiring program to foster multidisciplinary collaborations that seek to understand and address the ways in which environmental stress and racism contribute to health disparities in Black communities. The cluster includes the Program in Public Health, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, and the School of Medicine. In Southern California, we see extreme environmental health disparities in Black communities, including those living near the Los Angeles International Airport and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The Black Thriving Initiative provides an opportunity to build the foundation for an impactful Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research that will benefit communities locally and regionally with lived Black experiences of environmental injustice. Visit to learn more about the Center and the work UCI faculty are doing to address environmental health disparities through community engagement, multidisciplinary research, and research translation.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The Program in Public Health recognizes the value of diversity in its faculty and strongly supports UCI’s mission for equity and inclusiveness. We are committed to ensuring accountability, providing training and education, conducting responsive research and building sustainable partnerships. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. The ultimate objective of this cluster is to build on existing UCI strengths focused on disadvantaged populations and advance inclusive excellence at UCI by recruiting a diverse faculty focused on environmental health disparities as a form of anti-blackness that shapes Black communities' daily experiences.

The Environmental Health Disparities cluster hiring program builds on UCI’s enduring commitment to inclusive excellence. A recipient of the STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA Change) Institutional Bronze Award, UCI is a federally recognized Asian American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The ADVANCE program for Equity and Inclusion in the Office of Inclusive Excellence offers several resources for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, including the Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity, Dependent Care Travel Awards, and participation in the Faculty Success Program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. UCI offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members.

UC Irvine is one of ten campuses of the highly regarded University of California system. With approximately 37,000 students, 1,500 ladder-rank faculty members, a highly ranked medical school, and over $500 million per year of extramural grant funding, our campus offers a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration and is ranked among the top 10 public universities in the US. UC Irvine is building on excellence in its Program in Public Health to develop a School of Population and Public Health. Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health since October 2012, our rapidly growing Program in Public Health offers BA, BS, MPH, and PhD degrees in a variety of emphasis areas including environmental health sciences, and was recently ranked among the top 40 schools and programs in public health in the country by U.S. News and World Report. More information is available on our web site at

UCI is consistently ranked in the top 10 public universities by Forbes (#1), Money (#6), and U.S. News & World Report (#9). In addition, the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings placed UCI 1st for offering an inclusive, supportive learning environment. Compensation is competitive with the nation's finest universities and includes priority access to on-campus for-sale faculty housing. UC Irvine is located four miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. The area offers a pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities and one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the nation. The UCI campus offers a unique housing environment for faculty, with well over a thousand homes within walking distance from campus; the best public schools in California are found in the City of Irvine; and world famous beaches and open space preserves are easily accessible.

Application Process:
To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s recruitment site located at
Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for this position:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Current and Future Research Plans
  4. Statement of Teaching
  5. Statement of Inclusive Excellence Activities - Statement addressing past and future planned contributions to inclusive excellence that will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence (For more information about the UCI Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement, please visit
  6. Contact information to request three reference letters

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidate finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full), to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full), will be subject to institutional reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

This position requires a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, and/or MD).

Application Requirements

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Reference requirements
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA