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Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences

Keck School of Medicine Faculty Los Angeles, California

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The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the University of Southern California invites applications for an assistant professor of clinical to expand a productive research and educational program in environmental neuroscience.  The Department is looking for candidates with methodological expertise and scientific interests in studying the environmental determinants of brain health across the life course. This recruitment seeks to enhance the current and foster future research capacities within these areas of environmental neuroscience, drawing on large consortia including the NIH Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (, ENIGMA Environment (, or other large population resources in environmental neurosciences. Areas of interest include a focus on outcomes in neurodevelopment, cognition, and/or mental health as well as several areas of environmental exposures. Current strengths of research at USC include assessing various types of geospatial environmental and social risk factors, including air pollution, while also providing opportunities for investigating a wide range of other environmental exposures, such as climate change, forever chemicals and/or social factors that contribute to environmental injustice.

The proposed new position has a start date of 01 Jan 2023 or until the position is filled.

Individuals with training and demonstrated skills in one or more of the following areas of Environmental Health should apply:

An advanced degree (PhD, MD, ScD, or equivalent) in epidemiology or population health sciences (including but not limited to public health, environmental engineering, spatial sciences, exposure assessment, climate change, etc.) or some facet of the social sciences (social work, psychology/psychiatry, neuropsychology, etc.) is desired. Preferred candidates for the assistant professor’s position should have completed postdoctoral training or equivalent. A demonstrated record of accomplishments within the field of environmental health sciences with links to neuro-epidemiology commensurate with stage of career is desirable. Collegiality, resourcefulness, and motivation are highly expected characteristics in the environmental health division.

Opportunities exist for the candidates to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate/graduate students interested in environmental neuroscience.

Demonstrative strengths of the Keck School of Medicine include the existence of multiple, active and well-developed research efforts oriented towards etiologic, intervention, population-based, and basic science research on understanding environmental impacts of multi-pollutant exposures to human health outcomes across the life course, with a special focus in early-life, childhood, and later-life impacts. A dynamic group of investigators in the NIH-funded Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and MADRES Center for Environmental Health Disparities offer opportunities for a wide range of collaborations with other USC schools and across several Southern California institutions.

Please upload a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of course teaching interests, and names and contact information for three individuals who are familiar with academic accomplishments including teaching and communication skills. For further inquiries, contact:

Megan Herting, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2001 N Soto Street, Los Angeles CA  90089-9237, Email:

The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

REQ20123945 Posted Date: 10/06/2022

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