University of California, Merced — Assistant Professor of Public Health

The Department of Public Health at the University of California, Merced ( invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Public Health. The Department’s mission is to promote and protect health in the San Joaquín Valley and the world through our research and the training of the next generation of public health leaders. The Public Health Department has had an approved MSPH and PhD in Public Health since 2017. The next stage in our growth includes the development and implementation of a stand-alone MPH program to meet the public health workforce needs in California’s Central Valley. Our current search is therefore broad, and we seek a colleague with demonstrated excellence in research in any substantive public health area and the skills to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the same. We are specifically interested in scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: infectious disease; global health; policy; implementation science; evaluation; and with a quantitative orientation.

Preferred candidates will: 1) have a strong record of research excellence as demonstrated via peer-reviewed publications in public health or interdisciplinary journals; 2) demonstrate evidence of the ability to teach public health coursework, particularly using student focused or student-centered approaches; and 3) demonstrate interest in working with students from diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will be expected to advance a program of research, teach undergraduate courses, mentor undergraduate and graduate student researchers, and perform professional service to the department and institution appropriate to their career stage. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, professional activities, and service.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in Public Health or related field by the anticipated start date.

Candidates with MSPH or MPH degrees in addition to a doctorate are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) one writing sample; 6) statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and, 7) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Reference letters will not be solicited until after initial review.

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 include a list of three references with their applications; letters of are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined a long list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.

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

For additional information, please contact Search Chair and Associate Professor Susana Ramírez at

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

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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 (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (


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