Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Water-Food-Climate Change, Tenure or Tenure Track

University of Minnesota

Twin Cities, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 359429

Location: Twin Cities

Job Family: Academic

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Code: 9403

Employee Class: Instr Fac/TC and Coord Cmp

About the Job

The School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to antiracism and anti-oppression and welcomes you to join us in our pursuit of building equity and driving justice. We particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our School, including those who are American Indian, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, veterans, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (SPH), Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS) is seeking to fill a100% Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (tenure/tenure track) position with a focus on health impacts at the food, water, and climate interface. The changing climate is having considerable impact on the availability and quality of water used for agricultural production and human consumption. Water is a critical component of a healthy, safe, and sustainable food supply. Foodborne and waterborne diseases are already leading causes of death, disability, and diminished quality of life around the globe. Climate change may amplify transmission dynamics through diverse mechanisms. Moreover, the effects of climate change and access to food and water are not evenly distributed. Environmental justice and health equity will be increasingly important components to address at the food, water, and climate change interface. We seek talented public health scientists who will develop an innovative scholarly research program to address these growing challenges. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the University of Minnesota Global Food Ventures (GFV) initiative. The GFV is committed to answering the global imperative of safe, nutritious and affordable food, through the application of innovative discovery, and next generation workforce development. This position will contribute to the GFV research program related to Food Safety Innovations and leverage existing and proposed GFV investments. 

This position will enhance internationally-recognized programs in foodborne disease and emerging infections research, prevention, and policy development in the EnHS division and across the SPH. The EnHS division has programs with collaborations across the University and with state, federal and international public health agencies. Climate change compounds the changing demographics, methods of food production and consumption and globalization of food systems that create new and emerging food safety challenges. We are seeking to enhance our ability to address these emerging public health threats through innovative research, teaching, and public engagement. This position will directly leverage opportunities to develop collaborative research related to the missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences, the MN Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence (COE), the Institute on the Environment, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS), and the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). 



PhD or equivalent degree with expertise related to climate change and water resources to address human health issues related to food safety and security. Specific expertise of the successful candidate may include, but is not limited to, climate science, water resources, epidemiology, data science, economics, or environmental contamination. Successful applicants are expected to develop an independent and sustainable scholarly research program, teach in the classroom and mentor graduate students, and participate in outreach and service. Demonstrated experience in preparing research grants, publishing in quality peer-reviewed journals, and presentations in relevant professional meetings is necessary. Candidates at the associate professor level are expected to demonstrate sustained success in funded scholarly activities. Candidates at the full professor level will also be expected to have a substantial currently funded research portfolio.

We are seeking outstanding candidates with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, along with effective oral and written communication skills that are essential for the purpose of: 1) working effectively in a trans-disciplinary team environment; 2) developing and submitting timely, research proposals to obtain extramural funding for cutting-edge research; 3) conducting and managing research studies; 4) publishing articles in professional journals; 5) conveying study results and recommendations to stakeholders and decision makers; 6) developing and presenting relevant courses and seminars.

Successful candidates are expected to participate in ongoing educational training programs related to environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota. This may include work with multiple colleges and centers within the University (i.e. CIDRAP; CAHFS;  College of Veterinary Medicine; School of Medicine; College of Science and Engineering; College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science; and the Institute on the Environment). 


Expertise is preferred in public health surveillance, applied population health science, climate change adaptation, mathematical modeling and systems research, food safety economics, and/or social and environmental factors that may affect the epidemiology of exposure to foodborne diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

About the Department

The Division of Environmental Health Sciences focuses on environmental and occupational health concerns, from investigating hazards in our environment to establishing the basis for public health policy.

Our division offers MPH, MS, and PhD degree options across a number of specialty areas, allowing you to focus on an area of concentration. Our Environmental Health General Program allows you to customize your degree to fit your interests and career goals.

Our faculty are leaders in the field, researching all aspects of environmental health while our numerous research centers help connect us to the community through events, research initiatives, and outreach.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

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.

Additional documents may be attached after application 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) 624-8647.


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:

Employment Requirements

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), 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.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America’s Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).





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