Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Assistant/Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Posted: 10/24/2019 (Employment)

Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Position Description The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in the social determinants of health. We invite applications from candidates who use social and behavioral/social epidemiological theories, concepts and methods to measure the impact of structural and sociopolitical factors on physical or mental health, as well as demonstrate a particular understanding of health inequities, the social determinants of health, and the mechanisms that link these factors to health outcomes across the life course.

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated expertise in public health, quantitative or qualitative methods, and social epidemiologic or other relevant theories for studying the social determinants of health. Ideal candidates should have work which focuses on a) empirical analysis of health inequities b) quantitative or qualitative analysis of the social determinants of physical or mental health, c) investigation of social, psychological, and biological connections between socioenvironmental factors and physical or mental health; and/or d) applying a life course perspective to population health research. Demonstrated use of intersectional theories, concepts, and methods is desirable. Candidates with expertise in criminal justice and mass incarceration, mental health, migration, and/or social policy are highly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers an exceptional environment in which its mission is achieved through research to identify the social and behavioral determinants of health, development and evaluation of interventions and policies leading to the improvement of population health, and the preparation of professionals and researchers who will fill leadership positions in advocacy and public service. The department’s educational mission is to train both scholars and practitioners: scholars whose research will illuminate basic social determinants of health and who will identify and test innovative social policy and service interventions; practitioners who are skilled in designing, implementing, and evaluating health-enhancing interventions in action settings. The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s mission through his or her research and through teaching and advising students in the doctoral and master’s programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and mentoring postdoctoral fellows.

We encourage applications from members of groups recognized by the US National Science Foundation and US National Institutes of Health as being underrepresented in the scientific and biomedical workforce and also recognized by the NIH as constituting “health disparity” populations, i.e., African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics (or Latinos), Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; women; and sexual and gender minorities.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks to find, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best scholars. We are committed to upholding the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school and the communities we serve.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.


Information on resources for career development and work/life balance at HSPH can be found at:

Basic Qualifications Interested applicants should hold a PhD, ScD, or equivalent doctoral degree in social epidemiology, epidemiology, or a related public health field; or a doctoral degree in psychology, sociology or other social science discipline with qualitative or quantitative training in public health. Candidates are required to have their doctorate degree by the time the appointment begins, and academic rank will be determined in accordance with the successful candidate’s experience and accomplishments.
Additional Qualifications We encourage early career applicants. Ideal candidates have demonstrated excellence in conducting and disseminating research, as well as designing and teaching graduate-level courses. A strong record of externally funded research is desirable.
Special Instructions
Contact Information Monika Szperka, Search Administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Harvard TH Chan SPH
677 Huntington Ave. Bldg 3, 7th fl
Boston, MA 02115
Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 4
Maximum Number of References Allowed 6

Supplemental Questions:

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Harvard ARIeS Website
    • HSPH Faculty Openings Website
    • Referred by colleague
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Other journal advertisement
    • Nomination Letter
    • Professional Conference or Listserv

Applicant Documents:

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research
  5. Publication
  6. Publication 2

Optional Documents

  1. Publication 3
  2. Publication 4
  3. Publication 5
  4. Course Evaluation
  5. Course Evaluation

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