Associate/Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Environmental Health and Medicine

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), in conjunction with SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), seeks an internationally recognized expert in Environmental Health and Medicine, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program, which aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system.

EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.

The successful candidate will join a growing team of collaborative and interdisciplinary researchers in Central New York in the creation of a new Center for Environmental Health and Medicine, a SUNY-funded collaboration between ESF and UMU (less than 5 min walk between campuses). Utilizing the expertise of the successful candidate the Center will be able to leverage the robust facilities, faculty expertise, and platforms for research on a local and global scale to address the greatest challenges to environmental and human health. Linking local and global surveillance and research efforts will provide a unique opportunity for students, fellows and faculty. More information about the Center can be found here:

Empire Innovation Professor in Environmental Health and Medicine:

We are seeking applications from mid- to senior-career investigators for the position of Professor of Environmental Health and Medicine, broadly defined.   The Professor of Environmental Health and Medicine will work closely with faculty and staff throughout the ESF and Upstate campuses in developing critical mass in the SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine and working collaboratively with the Center Director to establish an internationally recognized research center.  The position will be housed at ESF to foster interactions between internationally renowned environmental faculty at ESF and the medical researchers at UMU.  The appointed faculty member will provide mentorship for junior faculty in the Nationally Accredited Environmental Health Program at ESF, engage with students, and promote faculty and student involvement in cutting edge research and professional experiences.  Additionally, the faculty member will facilitate and sustain long-term collaborations involving local, regional, national and international partners.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or MD in relevant field
  • Have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent

Combining the potential of ESF’s unique specialization and international reputation as a leading research institute focused on the environment with UMU’s basic, translational, and clinical research provides an unparalleled opportunity. This exclusive relationship ultimately positions the Center for Environmental Health and Medicine to develop into an internationally recognized entity.

This position offers a highly competitive hard-money state-line salary and a generous start-up package supplemented by contributions from the New York State Empire Innovation fund. The faculty member will also have access to the unique, integrated clinical-basic science research environment at UMU and the robust research facilities at ESF and its affiliated field locations including opportunities for engagement with students at all levels from undergraduate to doctoral level.

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line at  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a statement of research interests and experience.  References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

SUNY strives to promote a professional environment that encourages varied perspectives from faculty members with diverse life experiences. A respect for diversity is one of our core values. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a rich community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in their endeavors.

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