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Assistant Professor of Public Health

Recruitment Period

Open August 1st, 2019 through Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Public Health is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in quantitative research methods at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates with a PhD in statistics/biostatistics, economics/health economics, public health, epidemiology, health services research, or other quantitative field with relevance to public health are encouraged to apply. We are interested both in applicants whose research programs focus on developing new quantitative methods and in those whose research is substantive in nature but leverages quantitative methods. This position involves teaching graduate courses in introductory and intermediate quantitative research methods, which may include but is not limited to probability theory, linear and generalized linear models, causal inference methods, and multilevel and longitudinal models.

This is a unique opportunity for an individual to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus and to engage in long-term program building. We seek an outstanding scholar who will participate in continuing to expand the multi-disciplinary training program for public health students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels; participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research initiatives including the pursuit of external funding; teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and provide meaningful service contributions to the growth of the Public Health program and to the greater campus and University of California. This is an academic year (9-month) assistant professor position with teaching, research, and service responsibilities.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in statistics/biostatistics, economics/health economics, public health, epidemiology, health services research, or other quantitative field with relevance to public health by the position start date. Additional qualifications include: a strong record or promise of publication; demonstrable interest in obtaining external funding; strong potential to create a successful research program relevant to the mission of the institution; and ability to teach graduate level quantitative courses.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020.

Applications must be submitted online. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019. Completed applications must be received no later than November 19, 2019, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) up to three writing samples; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of 3 references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than November 19, 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

We seek candidates who can serve our unique student body. Three quarters of our students are first-generation college students, over half are Latino/a, and nearly 1 in 5 are Asian.

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Paul Brown at

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • List of References

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Writing Sample #1

  • Writing Sample #2 (Optional)

  • Writing Sample #3 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required