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Harvard University Assistant/Associate Professor of Maternal Health and Demography in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Maternal Health and Demography

School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Department/Area Global Health and Population

Position Description

The Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Maternal Health and Demography. We seek an innovative scholar to make significant contributions in the areas of maternal health and demographic methods in a diverse, multidisciplinary department with a long history of excellence in education and research.

Candidates should demonstrate significant research and teaching activity at and around the intersection of reproductive health, maternal health, adolescent health, fertility, population health, the impact of sex and gender on health, and social determinants of health, particularly the impact of racial and ethnic disparities on maternal health. Candidates should also demonstrate an interest in examining these areas globally through a life cycle approach. The ability to teach effectively in the areas of maternal health and demography, to advise and mentor a diverse group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and to contribute to collaborative research, service, and teaching related to maternal health and demography is also a priority. The Department and School will look to the successful candidate to expand and develop maternal health within the population health sciences.

The Department of Global Health and Population ( GHP ) seeks to improve global health through education, research, and service from a population-based perspective. The 21st century has arrived with a complex set of demographic patterns, disease burdens, and health policies. These create challenges that affect all societies, rich and poor, developed and developing. The Department’s approach to these problems combines the analysis of population and health using quantitative and qualitative methods, the study of policies that affect health, and a concern with the politics and ethics of health and development.

Situated within a vibrant, globally engaged school of public health, the work of the Department of Global Health and Population can be seen across these critical research areas:

  • Health Care Systems

  • Health Equity and Human Rights

  • Health Policy Prevention

  • Infectious and Chronic Diseases

  • Decision Science

  • Program Evaluation

  • Nutrition and Global Health

  • Social and Economic Development

  • Women’s Health and Children’s Health

At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research, and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at Harvard T.H. Chan. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

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Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral-level degree with advanced academic training in a related discipline, including but not limited to epidemiology, sociology, demography, and public health

  • Noted quantitative analysis skills and proven experience in demographic analysis and research

    Additional Qualifications

  • Evidence of high level of scientific scholarship at the intersection of reproductive and maternal health and demography and promise for important contributions

  • Major contributions to refereed publications or other evidence of potential scholarship

  • Appreciation for and ability to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Significant evidence of a high level of competency in oral communication and a demonstrated interest in teaching

  • Deep commitment to diversity and inclusion in all dimensions of public health

  • Impact of translational activities that foster improvements in public health

    Special Instructions

  • This tenure-track position carries an initial appointment term of three years. The appointment of Assistant or Associate Professor may be renewed for a second three-year term.

  • Candidates at the Assistant Professor rank are expected to provide 4 reference letters while candidates at the Associate Professor rank are expected to provide 6 references letters.

  • Candidates at the Assistant Professor rank are expected to provide at least 2 sample publications, while candidates at the rank of Associate Professor are expected to provide 5 publication samples.

    Contact Information

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

Aisha Yousafzai

Search Committee Chair

For questions regarding the search process, please contact:

Alison Rohr

Assistant Director of Administration

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 4

Maximum Number of References Allowed 6


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