Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease Epidemiology

University of Minnesota - Office of Human Resources
March 25, 2020
Twin Cities, MN
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Applicants must have a human infectious disease epidemiology research background. Specific requirements for the position are:

  • Previous training in infectious disease epidemiology with a degree of PhD, DrPH, ScD, MD/MPH or equivalent;
  • Research experience in human infectious disease epidemiology;
  • Demonstrated history of successful external research funding or evidence of potential for obtaining external research funding;
  • Demonstrated successful graduate level or other comparable teaching experience or evidence of potential for teaching success; and
  • Evidence of a publication record in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
  • About the Job

    The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in infectious disease epidemiology to join a program in infectious disease research and training.

    Responsibilities of this position are to develop a multipronged scholarly program in infectious disease epidemiology centered around research, teaching and service. The transmissible nature of infectious diseases demands special methods for studying their epidemiology. To that end, our program is spearheading efforts to design a methods focused curriculum specific for infectious disease epidemiology. We seek candidates with expertise in infectious disease epidemiologic methods to help develop this cutting edge curriculum. They will also be expected to conduct epidemiologic research as Principal Investigator, maintain a track record of grant-funded research, author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, and develop collaborations within the Division and across the School of Public Health (SPH). Responsibilities of this position also include mentorship of our MPH and PhD students on a wide variety of infectious disease topics.

    The University of Minnesota is a large and energetic academic institution with an Academic Health Center consisting of the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, and School of Veterinary Medicine. The School of Public Health is home to four Divisions including Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Health Policy & Management and our own Epidemiology and Community Health. Numerous opportunities exist for multi-disciplinary collaborations across the aforementioned Schools and Divisions. More broadly, there are also possibilities to partner with local hospitals and clinics, such as the Veterans Administration and Hennepin County Medical Center. Faculty in the infectious disease epidemiology program also have a strong history of collaboration with regional and international agencies, including the Minnesota Departments of Health and international partners across East Asia, West Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Faculty in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health receive valuable support at the Division, School, and University levels from institutes such as the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, the Global Health Work Group, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Office of Clinical and Academic Affairs. Finally, the multi-ethnic population of the Twin Cities, including Minnesota's immigrants, provides rich opportunities to conduct community-engaged research with diverse and often underserved populations.

    The School of Public Health is committed to supporting an inclusive community and holistically assesses the qualifications of each applicant. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds, and experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    The Twin Cities represents a growing and vibrant metropolitan area, with a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities, and a very high quality of life.

    The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. For questions contact: Stacey Ripka (

    Applicants interested in more information about this position can contact: Dr. Shalini Kulasingam (Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health), email:

    About the Department

    The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health ( provides a rich and collaborative environment for the investigation of the etiology, distribution, prevention, and control of infectious and non-infectious diseases, in both clinical and behavioral areas. The Division offers graduate training programs leading to the MPH, MS and PhD degrees, and has active pre- and post-doctoral training. It has 35 primary faculty who bring in over $30 million annually in sponsored research grants, and an additional 80 adjunct faculty. Current infectious disease faculty in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health have research interests in sexually transmitted infections including HIV, vaccine preventable diseases including HPV, vector borne diseases including malaria, and other communicable diseases. Their research spans domestic and international sites including Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and China. There are also opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations with other colleagues in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, whose research includes cancer, community health promotion, maternal and child health, nutrition, substance use, and cardiovascular disease. Globally, infectious diseases are a major source of morbidity and mortality that particularly affect disadvantaged and marginalized populations. The study of health disparities and addressing public health needs of disadvantaged and marginalized is an important focus of the Division.

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

    Please submit a cover letter, CV including publications list, and a list of at least three references. You can upload these documents by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

    This position will remain open until filled.

    To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

    Applicants interested in more information about this position can contact: Dr. Shalini Kulasingam (Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health), email:


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

    The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

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    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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