Assistant/Associate Professor (TT), Open Dept.; Youth and Family Health Research - Interdisciplinary Research & Training Programs; School of Public Health (Austin)

Austin, TX

Assistant/Associate Professor (TT), Open Dept.; Youth and Family Health Research - Interdisciplinary Research & Training Programs; School of Public Health (Austin)

Location: Austin, Texas

Category: Faculty

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 230001HX

The Austin location ofUTHealth Houston School of Public Health (SPH)is currently broadening its interdisciplinary research and training programs, particularly in youth and family health research. Our primary emphasis lies in the early prevention of chronic diseases (such as obesity or mental health), improper nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use.

We are actively inviting applications for a year-round, tenure-track position for either an Assistant or Associate Professor within any of our four public health departments: (1) Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences, (2) Management, Policy & Community Health; (3) Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, and (4) Biostatistics & Data Science. The candidate's home department will be determined based on their specific expertise, interests, and how well they align with a department's existing projects (further information can be found at We offer a competitive salary and startup resources.

Faculty members at the Austin branch specialize in research on children and families. They conduct surveillance studies on youth health risk factors, design and evaluate school and community public health initiatives and policies, explore implementation science, and perform secondary data analysis. Key areas of study at the Austin location encompass obesity prevention and treatment, public health nutrition, promotion of physical activity, tobacco control, and regulatory sciences, health policy and health economics research, oral health promotion, and the impact of climate on public health.

Position Key Accountabilities:

Successful candidates are expected to live in the Austin area and contribute to the UTHealth Houston teaching program, further their research program, and engage in professional service to expand our existing focus on children, youth, young adults, and family health.


(1) an earned doctoral degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, health policy, or related fields. We seek an individual with strong scholarly credentials, including a track record of external research funding, research publications, and academic service. Qualified candidates must have submitted at least one NIH or federal grant as Principal Investigator, with a preference for those successfully securing NIH funding.


Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in child and adolescent mental health, biostatistics, climate impact on health, or health policy.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should access the following link to complete the Web application

Please submit a current curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. Also include a cover letter with personal statements on research, teaching, mentoring and professional service related to maternal, child and family health.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss the opportunity by contacting the committee chair: Dr. Kelder, PhD, MPH atSteven.H. Kelder@uth.tmc.eduor the faculty search administrative assistant Jayme Wood

This is a security-sensitive position and thereby subject to Texas Education Code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidates.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealth Houston has adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealth Houston ​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’s Houston rules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.