The Division of Prevention Science and Community Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami

Feb 25, 2015

Job Description
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Division of Prevention Science and Community Health
Department of Public Health Sciences
The Division of Prevention Science and Community Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the
University of Miami is seeking two exceptional candidates for a tenure track/tenured Assistant/Associate/Full
Professor. The Division has been going through an exciting expansion over the past year which has included the
development of an innovative Ph.D. program in Prevention Science and Community Health. The expansion
parallels the growth in the Department of Public Health Sciences. The Department has over 30 faculty (with
approximately 20% hired in the past year) and over 250 graduate students. The Department is the best National
Institutes of Health-funded Department at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
The Division of Prevention Science and Community Health is dedicated to advancing the investigation of the
etiology of bio-behavioral and social factors in the prevention of physical and mental illness that lead to
morbidity and mortality. We are committed to improving health by developing, testing, and supporting the
implementation of effective programs, policies, and practices. The Division is also dedicated to educating and
mentoring future leaders in prevention science and community health.
The Division is currently engaged in highly interdisciplinary, cutting-edge scientific discovery in a range of
physical, behavioral, and mental health areas, including HIV, cancer, obesity, substance use, delinquency, and
depression. Our faculty members are experts in developing preventive interventions for Hispanic-Americans,
Haitian-Americans, and men who have sex with men and male couples. Faculty also have expertise in
community based participatory research, and in translational and implementation science. The Division's faculty
research and teaching is integrated with multicultural, community-based interventions research. The Division
houses large programs of research, including programs in implementation science, community-based
participatory research, and projects on substance abuse, HIV, and obesity in minority youth both in the US and
Division faculty have been locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to
prevention science, community health, and mentoring initiatives from numerous organizations, including the
Society for Prevention Research, the National Hispanic Science Network, and the Society for Research on
The selected individual will be a faculty member in the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health
and will be encouraged to develop a campus-wide program that takes advantage of the intellectual capital
throughout the University, the unique diversity of our populations and South Florida’s unique location as the
gateway to the Americas. Scientists with bold ideas and a hunger for breakthrough research who have the
potential to revolutionize prevention science or community health, and who want to train the next generation of
leaders in these areas, are urged to consider this unique opportunity. We seek those who apply creativity to the
acquisition, synthesis, and application of knowledge to inform prevention and health promotion at the
population level. Candidates specifically conducting health disparities research, community-based participatory
research, and implementation/translational science are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have the ability
1. Make scientific breakthroughs, that once translated, will save lives or improve quality of life.
2. Obtain external funding.
3. Candidates seeking the rank of Associate or Full Professor will be expected to secure, investigatorinitiated
grants (R01), program projects, and/or P20/30/60 Center grants, to support cutting edge
4. Build and develop a fully funded team of high caliber researchers focusing on research in prevention
science and community health.
5. Represent the Division, Department, and the University at professional meetings in local communities,
nationally, and across the globe.
6. Assist in the recruitment of the best and brightest doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows and mentor
them throughout their years of study.
7. Motivate students in the MPH, MSPH and PhD graduate programs within the Department with
innovative courses created to engage students in strategic thinking.
8. Publish seminal research findings in refereed, high impact journals, book chapters and books.
9. Collaborate with other faculty to obtain research funding for trans-disciplinary research.
10. Assist in the development of strategic partnerships with Departments at the University, particularly
within the Medical School, but also with Departments, Centers, and Institutes throughout the University.
o MD/MPH, MD/PhD or PhD degree with specific graduate training in prevention science, community
health, or a related field
o Evidence of high-impact publications
o Effective oral and written communication skills including teaching experience, presentations at scientific
meetings, and a significant publication record in peer-reviewed high impact journals
o Demonstrated ability to lead innovative research projects to successful conclusions
o Evidence of being able to secure and sustain extramural funding for a program of research. Candidates
seeking the rank of Associate or Full Professor have to have demonstrated a history of securing NIH
R01s, program projects, center grants, cooperative agreements, and/or training grants.
Rank is commensurate to level of experience. Review of applications will begin in March 2015 and continue
until the position is filled.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV electronically to:
Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.
Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences & Director
Division of Prevention Science and Community Health
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Miami

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