Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Genomics research

University of Connecticut, Storrs CT
Job Location
358 Mansfield Road
Department of Allied Health Sciences
Storrs, CT 06269
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Job Description

We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the rank of Assistant Professor (60 percent research/40 percent teaching) with growing expertise in Health Promotion and Genomics research. Thematic areas of research include, but are not limited to: genes-environment-behavioral interactions; nutrition and obesity genetics and genomics; computational genetics for human disease; genomic/epigenomic biomarker discovery projects and genetic counseling.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to advancing knowledge through interdisciplinary research, teaching and community service.  This is a 9-month, tenure track position with a start date of August 23, 2015 that will support the department’s mission to be a national and international leader in health promotion science, education and research.  The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. 

The successful candidate is expected to establish a competitive, extramurally-funded research program, to contribute to scholarship through high quality publications and to achieve national recognition as through invited presentations and honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development.  Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at


Minimum Qualifications: Earned doctorate (PhD, MD or equivalent); substantial postdoctoral experience or equivalent in an area relevant to health promotion and genomics; and teaching experience at the university level.  Candidates must have excellent skills in oral and written communication, and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must have a history of working in multidisciplinary teams.

Preferred Qualifications: Clinical certification (e.g. ABMG, ACMG, ASCP, CGC) and/or health credential, evidence of successful translation of genome based knowledge for diagnosis, intervention strategies or improvement of human health or disease; a record of garnering extramural research support. 

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); and sample journal articles .  Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct five reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.  Please direct questions to Dr. Judy Brown, Search Committee Chair, via email  Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2015, and continue to accept and review applications until a candidate has been identified and accepted.  (Search # 2015189)

About Our Organization

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. 

The Department of Allied Health Sciences ( offers: an undergraduate major in Allied Health with multiple concentrations, including Public Health and Health Promotion and Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety; three nationally-accredited health programs (Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences); 2 masters programs (Health Promotion Sciences, Health Care Genetics); a number of certificate programs; and PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences under development.  The University and College have strong support for research, including through faculty hiring initiatives and multiple centers with interest in genomics including the Institute for Systems Genomics (, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (, and strong external partnerships.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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