Pennsylvania State University — Faculty Positions in Environmental Health Sciences

Faculty Positions in Environmental Health Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Health and Human Development (HHD) is launching a strategic hiring initiative in Environmental Health Sciences that will bring six tenure line faculty in this area to our college over the next three years. We seek bench-to-population science expertise that embraces coupled human-natural systems and transdisciplinary approaches addressing critical environmental health challenges ( Basing these faculty in the College of Health and Human Development will build upon our community of scholars collocated with existing expertise in biological, behavioral, and social determinants of health, social science, human development, and public health — thereby facilitating innovative research where the coupled human-environment systems intersect with individual and social determinants of health (e.g., age, gender, education, race, and income). Faculty in the College are highly research active, engage in interdisciplinary collaborations across academic units, and are supported by four research centers ( Academic appointments can be in any of the college's eight academic units ( and will entail teaching and student mentorship responsibilities. Environmental health science faculty will also be able to leverage considerable expertise and resources in the environmental sciences on the University Park campus, including those stewarded by major University-level research institutes (the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Huck Institute for the Life Sciences, the Social Sciences Research Institute, the Institute for Computing and Data Science and the Rock Ethics Institute). The College of Health and Human Development embraces individual uniqueness, fosters a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverages the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engages all individuals to help them thrive. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis.


This opportunity is open to established scientists with a research focus on any of a broad range of topics falling within the domain of environmental health science. Example areas of interest include, but are not limited to: genetic susceptibility to environmental exposure; environmental health inequalities; the interplay of social and environmental health determinants, health effects of exposure mixtures; in‐vivo, in‐vitro, or in‐silica approaches to identifying toxic environmental exposures; ambulatory approaches using biophysical sensors that provide high-resolution spatial and temporal data; exposomics over the lifespan; and big‐data approaches to environmental health. A doctoral degree in environmental health science or broadly related field is required and applicants should have a strong record of scholarship. Candidates for this position will have the opportunity to promote intellectual engagement, catalyze collaborations around environmental health science topics, and will be supported by teaching release and discretionary funds to create programing.

This position will be co-funded by the Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE). IEE connects and supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers to solve some of the world's most difficult energy and environmental challenges. Researchers with IEE drive innovative, science-based solutions to these complex problems to provide a healthy and protected environment. IEE supports more than 70 co-funded faculty and over 400 affiliated researchers across the university through a network of interdisciplinary centers, seed grants, and core facilities. HHD's Environmental Health Sciences initiative has a strong connection with IEE's Health and the Environment theme, and to the other IEE research themes focused on water, climate, energy, and urban systems. IEE will connect new HHD faculty with world-class environmental scientists and forecasters as well as College of Medicine faculty who can serve as key collaborators. Further information on the institute and its co-hires can be found at:


This tenure track opportunity is open to scientists who utilize big data to address pressing issues in environmental health. Those working with any type of large, high-dimensional data (e.g., molecular data, geospatial data) are encouraged to apply as long as their research focuses on generating knowledge that can lead to environmental modification to benefit human health and well-being. We have particular interest in scholars whose research focuses on integrative applications, including those that take advantage of modern statistical, machine learning and causal inference methods for integrative analyses of multi-modal, multi-scale big data to support large population health studies. Academic appointment can be in any of the college's eight academic units ( and engagement in that unit's academic programs is expected. A doctoral degree in a field broadly related to environmental health sciences and/or data science is required before beginning the employment and applicants should have a strong record of scholarship.

This position will be co-funded by the Institute of Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), which fosters both high-impact computational and data science methodologies as well as their applications to address a broad range of scientific and societal challenges, multifaceted models, and their societal impacts. ICDS supports a vibrant community of scholars, which includes more than 30 co-hired faculty and over 300 affiliated researchers with access to ICDS advanced research computing infrastructure and a cadre of technical experts, research scientists, and engineers. Co-hires will have the opportunity to participate in ICDS interdisciplinary research initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences, with a focus on health sciences applications, and contribute to innovative graduate and undergraduate education and training in Data Sciences, Informatics, AI, and related areas. Further information on the institute and its co-hires can be found at:


Please upload a detailed letter that clearly indicates which position you are applying for and that describes how research, teaching, and service experience qualify you for the position and how you see yourself integrating with this new program, the college, and university. Applicants should include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusivity through teaching, scholarship, professional activity, and/or service. Applicants will also need to upload a current curriculum vitae, as well as the names, addresses, and contact information of three potential references. Applications missing any item will not be considered. Review of applicant materials will begin March 15, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Martin Sliwinski, Professor of Health and Human Development, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, and Search Committee Chair, 402 BBH Building, University Park, PA 16802;; 814-863-9980.


The Pennsylvania State University: The Pennsylvania State University is a land-grant Research I university founded in 1855. This position is based at its flagship campus at University Park in State College; however, the University has 20 commonwealth campuses throughout the state. During the fall 2020 semester, ~40,000 undergraduate students and ~6,000 graduate students were enrolled at University Park, ~9,000 undergraduate students and ~6,500 graduate students were enrolled in World Campus, and an additional ~25,000 undergraduate and ~1,500 graduate students were enrolled at commonwealth campuses. Across all campuses, Penn State offers more than 160 undergraduate majors and many more graduate and certificate programs. With a total enrollment of roughly 88,500 the University is one of the largest in the world. Penn State's alumni base also continues to rapidly grow and expand with more than 22,000 degrees awarded annually. The number of living alumni currently stands at ~700,000; these alumni hail from all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries across the globe.

The College of Health and Human Development (HHD): Penn State's College of Health and Human Development is organized in eight academic units (home to eight undergraduate majors, 11 masters, and 8 doctoral programs), four research centers, and eleven central units. College operations are distributed across twelve campus buildings and two off-campus rental locations and comprise a range of office settings, laboratories, and specialized facilities. HHD's faculty include ~145 tenured or tenure-line FTEs, ~95 non-tenure-line teaching faculty FTEs, and ~40 non-tenure line research faculty FTEs. The college has ~4,000 undergraduates enrolled in University Park, ~1100 students enrolled in its majors at Commonwealth Campus, and ~770 undergraduates enrolled in online World Campus programs. HHD is also home to more than 200 University Park based doctoral degree and ~60 master's degree students in addition to ~120 online, World Campus graduate students.

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Penn State and HHD: Penn State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms; however, the racial and ethnic diversity of the University and college faculty, staff, and student populations has not historically represented, nor does it currently represent, that of the population of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A 2020 special Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias and Community Safety called for an enterprise approach to advance diversity, equity and inclusion strategies in order to consolidate and coordinate DEI functions, policies, and practices; promote clearer lines of communication; maximize effectiveness of disparate, disconnected, and often duplicated resources; standardize important procedure; and provide more visible accountability for DEI goals. Additional information on the University's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts can be found here and a summary of recent college initiatives in DEI can be found here.

State College, PA: The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in Centre County in central Pennsylvania. State College has a population of approximately 42,000 residents and is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit. For additional information on the State College region, see: and

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.