Academic Specialist: Public Health and Drinking Water Equity

JPF08559 – Academic Specialist: Public Health and Drinking Water Equity

The Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy in the School of Social Ecology seeks applications to fill a full-time academic specialist position focused on advancing modeling of public health impacts of drinking water failures. Disparities in drinking water quality pose a harm to public health. Little is known about the scope of waterborne disease in the U.S.  

The focus of this research will be on the risks and disease burden of contaminated drinking water. The research will have a particular emphasis on understanding disparate burdens of acute gastrointestinal illness. The project brings together expertise in statistics, public health, and environmental economics through an interdisciplinary team at the University of California, Irvine.

Candidates should have strong computational skills, ideally with a focus on public health and/or water management. Experience with econometrics, uncertainty analysis, and statistical software (e.g., R or Stata) is desirable. Additionally, familiarity with spatial statistics is of interest but not required. Ideally, candidates would have a Master’s or Ph.D. in public health, environmental management, economics, urban planning, water resources engineering, geography, or a related field.

The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Maura Allaire and collaborate with faculty from UCI Program in Public Health.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and is benefits-eligible.  The initial appointment will be for one year with a potential renewal for a second year. Anticipated start date is December 1, 2023 (or earlier or later, based on candidate’s availability). The position can be remote; work location must be in the United States. Applicants will need to submit a dossier including: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter, (3) sample publication, and (4) provide contact information for three references.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Additionally, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Substance Abuse (APM-190)(Drug Free Environment) and University of California Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy. Depending on the job duties of your position, you may also be required to comply with the University of California’s Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect policy.

To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by August 18, 2023. Priority will be given to applications received by this date. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Maura Allaire at Applications must be uploaded electronically.

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