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The Opportunity

The University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Medicine is seeking applicants for a tenure-earning assistant professor of medicine or tenured associate professor of medicine within our Department of Population Health Sciences. Position will be tenure-track or tenured based on experience and qualifications.


The UCF College of Medicine is a research-based medical school with a culture founded on partnerships and collaboration. The UCF College of Medicine’s mission is to create and cultivate an environment that honors and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all its institutions; and to heal, innovate, and transform healthcare for the benefit of all members of our society. The UCF College of Medicine offers a highly interactive, collegial research environment and has a location on the Academic Health Sciences campus, Lake Nona. UCF College of Medicine in Lake Nona is part of a growing “Medical City” that includes the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center Hospital, UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center, Orlando VA Medical Center, and Nemours Children’s Health. Medical City provides a hub for healthcare innovation that is transforming Orlando into a global destination for health care, research, and health education.


The Department of Population Health Sciences is developing a robust interdisciplinary population health research team that will enhance the College of Medicine’s research, teaching, and service programs through an exciting period of growth and expansion. The department currently consists of seven faculty with training in epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior, implementation science, and social sciences. We seek to grow our department with faculty who possess expertise beyond the existing methodological base. As such, we welcome candidates from many different potential academic disciplines (e.g., health policy, public affairs, social epidemiology, sociology, social welfare, communication, etc.).


We seek faculty candidates who will contribute to research and teaching in at least one of the following areas of interest:

Health policy development, advocacy, and evaluation. The desired candidate’s interest should include health or social policies that have important health impacts (e.g., green space, food access, gun policy, housing, structural racism). Research should not solely focus on policy recommendations but also include empirical evaluation of health impacts of policy, laws, and policy change.
Public health communication and messaging. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research addresses the selection of communication modes, messaging, and images that best improve public health and motivate behavior change for diverse and underserved populations. We are also interested in candidates with expertise in developing and testing communication interventions and public health messaging in diverse populations and across different diseases and conditions.
Systems science and health systems. We are particularly interested in candidates who make use of empirical systems science methods (e.g., agent-based modeling, causal loop diagrams, system dynamics, network analysis) to address population health and healthcare systems that result in disparities.
Beyond the specific methodological specifications noted in the three interest areas, the specific disease focus or populations of interest in the candidates’ research are open.


In a collaborative effort with faculty throughout the university, the Department is currently in the process of developing a two-year Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree program in Population Health Sciences. Within this program, students will have the opportunity to select one of five specialty areas: 1) Digital Health, 2) Cancer and Chronic Disease, 3) Infectious Diseases, 4) Community and Global Health, or 5) Health Equity.  Applicants whose research fits broadly into one of these five MPH specialty areas are especially welcome.


Additional information about the Department of Population Health Sciences and its current faculty can be found at: https://med.ucf.edu/academics/academic-departments/population-health/population-health-sciences-faculty/.



Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., DrPH, Ed.D., J.D., or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution, to qualify for a tenure track appointment within UCF COM, and demonstrate independent scholarly productivity in population health-related research. The candidate will have a track-record of involvement in externally-funded research. They will have demonstrated innovative contributions to science reflected by publication in high-impact journals.


The candidate’s scholarly background and experience must be commensurate with the faculty rank for which the application is submitted. To be eligible for appointment as a tenured associate professor of medicine upon hire, the successful candidate must have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and teaching experience commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor of medicine.



Preferred Qualifications:

Research interests and a program of work that extends the current faculty interests in HIV prevention and care continuum engagement, cancer disparities, alcohol and substance use disorders, mental health and suicidality, tobacco cessation, global health, violence against women, and LGBTQ+ health disparities. Desirable areas might include public/population health research in the following areas: life-course research and aging populations, the opioid epidemic, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, asthma and other child health disparities, maternal and infant mortality, healthcare quality/access, healthcare funding and systems, neighborhood/community-level factors that impact health, immigration and immigrant health, housing and gentrification, and other novel research related to social and structural determinants of health.
A track record of addressing social and structural determinants of health and/or health disparities among underserved populations such as those who are economically marginalized, minoritized populations, women, recent immigrants, homeless or housing insecure, and incarcerated populations.
Demonstrated teaching excellence in offering courses in at least one of the three methodological areas noted above (i.e., health policy, health communication, systems thinking) as part of an MPH curriculum.
A record of funding from extramural sources (NIH, RWJF, CDC, DOJ or equivalent) as principal investigator (or the potential for funding if at the assistant professor level).
The capacity to foster multi-institutional collaborations.
Research that can lead to collaborations with existing population health faculty at UCF COM as well as faculty in other disciplines at UCF.
A Master of Public Health degree from an accredited institution.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/.  In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload:

a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a teaching statement detailing interests, qualifications, and experience; a brief statement outlining research interests, research plan, and plans for extramural funding; a brief statement about ability to teach, mentor, and conduct research with underrepresented students and populations; and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.


NOTE: Please have all six documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later. Incomplete applications with missing documents cannot be considered


The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.


Questions regarding this search may be directed to:  Brittany Hofmann, HR Business Partner, at Brittany.hofmann@ucf.edu.



Job Close Date:

Open until filled.


Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.



Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
Retirement savings options.
Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
Education assistance.
Flexible work environment.
And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/)



Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, Ph.D.’s., certificates, and more.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.



Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.


The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.



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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http//www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.


As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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