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Tenure Track position in Infectious Disease Population Modeling in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech's Department of Population Health Sciences seeks to attract a tenure-track faculty
member in the area of Infectious Disease Population Modeling. Virginia Tech has made a
strategic investment in hiring diverse, innovative faculty, including six others in PHS, to advance
a vision to grow beyond boundaries as a premier 21st-century, global, land-grant institution
through our Destination Areas initiative ( As
interconnected areas of strength, Destination Areas facilitate faculty collaborations that bridge
disciplines to create innovative and transformative solutions to global issues, while positioning
Virginia Tech as a premier destination for talent that seeks to advance the human condition. The
position is envisioned as contributing to transdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach
initiatives that align with our Global Systems Science and/or Data and Decisions Destination
Areas. These two clusters focus on transdisciplinary study of the dynamic interplay between
natural and social systems and advancing the human condition and society with better decisions
through data.

This position will be based on the main campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in
Blacksburg, Virginia, situated in the scenic New River Valley.

Responsibilities: The new faculty member will (1) develop a significant, externally-funded
research program in infectious disease modeling, working synergistically across disciplines that
may include public health, mathematics, statistics, biology, economics and public policy to identify
and pursue research opportunities; (2) teach an average of two to three courses per year with
content focused on mathematical modeling for public health students, as well as occasional guest
lectures in other courses; (3) mentor undergraduate and graduate students; (4) serve on
committees as a contributing member of the department and the broader university community;
and (5) provide outreach and professional service in technical and professional societies and
associations. The Department of Population Health Sciences and the Public Health Programs
embrace a One Health perspective, which recognizes the dynamic interdependence of human,
animal, and environmental health and the need for wide transdisciplinary collaboration to protect,
promote, and improve health.

The Department currently offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Bachelor of
Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree. The department also serves students working towards
their doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), or their MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical and
Veterinary Sciences or Translational Biology Medicine and Health. The Department also houses
an academic-public health department partnership, the VT Center for Public Health Practice and
Research, and the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.

Virginia Tech also recognizes the critical importance of diversity in its faculty, students and staff
along multiple dimensions, including those who have been historically marginalized and excluded.
Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and
outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut
Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity,
and excellence—InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase
access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its
members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in
preparing leaders for the world.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a PhD, ScD, DrPH, MD, DVM, or equivalent
terminal degree. Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in population-level, mathematical
modeling of infectious diseases and experience with one or more software platforms for
epidemiologic modeling. Assistant Professor level candidates must show potential for significant
scholarship and teaching ability with clear potential for linkages to existing interdisciplinary teams
at Virginia Tech, while Associate Professor level candidates must demonstrate significant
externally-funded scholarship, teaching ability, and student mentorship. Applicants must have a
commitment to engage in a campus community working to grow an inclusive culture and practices
while building diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Applicants must possess excellent
communication and collaboration skills and have a strong interest in, and commitment to, working
with diverse populations.

Application: Applications will be accepted online at, posting TR0190052.
Applicants must submit a formal cover letter addressing scholarship interests and qualifications,
brief statements of teaching philosophy/experience and research interests/experience, a brief
statement describing the applicant’s interest in and experience working with diverse groups and
underrepresented populations, a current curriculum vitae which can include unpublished work in
progress, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the
applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process
should be directed to Dr. Laura Hungerford, search committee chair, at
Review of applications will begin June 3, 2019 and continue until a successful candidate has been

Early career faculty
Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech)
United States
Closing date
June 29th, 2019
Posted on
May 29th, 2019 18:19
Last updated
May 29th, 2019 18:19