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Urban Design and Planning, Environmental Health, and Data Science Tenure Track Assistant Professor

University of Washington
University, Washington, US
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Oct 18, 2021

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Urban Design and Planning, Environmental Health, and Data Science Tenure Track Assistant Professor
The Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health
Sciences (DEOHS) and Urban Design and Planning (UDP) at the
University of Washington, Seattle invite applications and
nominations for a joint tenure-track position at the level of
Assistant Professor, with expertise in data science. This position
will have a primary appointment in the Department of
Urban Design and Planning and a joint appointment in the Department
of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Located in
the heart of the Seattle metropolitan region, the University of
Washington is a highly ranked university known for its federally
funded and interdisciplinary research. This position is supported
by a University-wide Provost-level initiative to integrate the use
of data science across non-STEM and STEM disciplines.
Advances in information technology are creating opportunities to
address long-standing grand challenges at the intersection of
public health and the built environment. Urban design, land use and
infrastructure systems, such as transportation, water, energy, and
waste, are implicated in complex ways with human activities, health
and well-being, the nature of disease, historically-rooted
inequities, and the impacts of a changing climate. Devices and
flows of information commonly associated with smart cities are
increasingly fortifying research at this intersection of human
health, urban form, and the environment, with the empirical rigor
and exploratory possibility of data science. The successful
applicant will help expand UW's substantial expertise in these
interrelated fields of research and data science.
This new faculty member will play a key role in elevating the
research and teaching programs of UDP, DEOHS, and the
Interdisciplinary Minor in Data Science at UW. The position
has its basis in many years of ongoing research on public health
and the built environment, the University-wide interdisciplinary
PhD program in Urban Design and Planning, the concurrent Master of
Public Health and Master of Urban Planning degree program, the UDP
Urban Form Lab, and the new undergraduate minor in Data Science.
The successful applicant will (a) contribute to the research,
teaching, and service in these UDP and DEOHS programs, (b) assist
in shaping the curriculum for the new Data Science undergraduate
minor, (c) contribute to advancing progress on diversity, equity,
and inclusivity goals of the schools and University.
About the Position
The successful applicant will receive a primary tenure
track faculty appointment in Urban Design and Planning in the
College of Built Environments, and a joint appointment in the
Department of Environment and Occupational Health Sciences in the
School of Public Health and will be a member of the Data Science
minor program, at the UW Seattle Campus. The position is full time
with a 9 month service period. The division of time among these
programs will be determined in discussion between the successful
applicant and the leaders of these programs.

As part of the top-ranked UW School of Public Health, the
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is a
premier research and educational department. Research programs in
the department include exposure assessment, environmental
epidemiology, occupational health and safety, toxicology,
microbiology, and environmental health practice-based participatory
research. There is a rich history of collaborative research in the
department and across the University. Educational programs at
the undergraduate and graduate level train future leaders in
environmental and occupational health.

The Department of Urban Design and Planning is one of five
departments in the College of Built Environments. The Department
maintains programs in urban planning, infrastructure planning and
management, and community, environment and planning. Highly
interdisciplinary, the masters program offers joint or concurrent
degrees in public health, public administration, landscape
architecture, civil and environmental engineering, real estate, and
architecture. Research centers include the Urban Form Lab (, known
for research at the intersection of health and the built

The UW Data Science minor (
is a university-wide Provost-level initiative designed to help
undergraduate students gain literacy and fluency in data science
methods and understand their implications for society and the
world. This minor serves students by enabling them to use and
evaluate data science methods in their major domain of study. The Data Science minor is associated with the UW eScience
Institute (
These departments lead interdisciplinary PhD programs and
concurrent Master's degree programs. The concurrent Master of
Public Health and Master of Urban Planning degree program (
trains students to work across multiple disciplines including the
built environment and public health. The PhD in Urban Design and
Planning at the University of Washington (
is one of thirty-nine PhD programs in urban and regional planning
in North America. Faculty affiliated with this interdisciplinary
program are drawn from Urban Design and Planning and 20 other
disciplines across the University, including Environmental and
Occupational Health Sciences.
The University of Washington is one of the world's preeminent
public universities in impact and funding, a testament to its
culture of collaboration and the quality of its faculty, students,
and staff. Since 1972, the UW has continued to receive more
externally sponsored research funding than any other U.S. public
university; grants and contracts to UW research totaled $1.58
billion in 2019. The UW is ranked 2nd among public universities and
10th overall in the U.S. News & World Report's Global
University Rankings. It is 1st in rankings of the most innovative
public universities and consistently sits among the top 5 among all
universities in Reuter's world rankings. UW is 1st among public
universities worldwide in National Taiwan University rankings for
the quality and impact of its research.
This new position will be based on UW's main campus, located in
the city of Seattle in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.
The city and its surrounding area house a population of 3.5 million
people and the headquarters of two of the nation's largest
technology corporations: Amazon and Microsoft. Other
corporate headquarters in the Seattle area include Starbucks,
Costco, REI, Nordstrom, Paccar, Expedia, and Alaska Airlines.
Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is nestled among the Olympic,
Mount Rainier, and North Cascades National Parks, and the San Juan
Islands of Puget Sound, giving the region a well-deserved
reputation for its ecologically friendly culture, natural beauty,
and opportunities for outdoor activities.

Position Requirements
The successful applicant will possess a PhD (or foreign
equivalent) in a relevant field and demonstrated abilities
conducting novel interdisciplinary research. US and International
applicants are welcome to apply.
Positive factors for consideration
Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited
to the following areas of data science expertise and skills in the
context of environmental health sciences and urban planning:

Ability to create, manage, analyze, and communicate big,
complex data
Ability to analyze geospatial and spatiotemporal data,
including via statistical analysis and geovisualization
Ability to apply innovative analytical methods, including
statistical and machine learning, visualization, and artificial
Ability to use reproducible research techniques and best
practices, including open data, open source, and open science
Facility with theories and applications regarding data
provenance, governance, and privacy
Facility with current or leading programming languages,
geospatial applications, and statistics applications, such as R,
ArcGIS, and Python
Teaching experience, particularly in technical courses with
lecture and laboratory components, is also a positive factor for
Application Instructions Priority will be given to applicants who submit the following
materials by December 1, 2021. Applications received after
this date may be considered at the discretion of the search

Cover Letter that describes the applicant's suitability for this
position and explains how the applicant's experiences, activities,
and goals will lead to success in a cross-disciplinary position,
including contributions to the Interdisciplinary Data Science

Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement describing past and present projects and
future directions

Three samples of scholarship such as publications, weblinks to
online projects, and/or course syllabi

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Diversity Statement describing experiences with and commitment
to diversity in research, teaching, mentoring and/or service.
Please include any experience in teaching or mentoring a diverse
population of students.

Three references (contact information only, no formal
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. The
expected start date for this position is the Fall Quarter of 2022
but timing is open to negotiation.
The University of Washington is using Interfolio's Faculty
Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive
a free Dossier account and should send all application materials
to: For
assistance signing up for a Dossier account, accessing your
account, or submitting your application, please review Interfolio's
help and support section or contact via email or phone
(877) 997-8807.
Questions about this position may be directed to the Search
Committee Co-Chairs Affiliate Professor Andrew Dannenberg ( or Associate Professor
Jan Whittington (
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status,
pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age,
disability, or protected veteran status.
Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity
among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and
articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (
Additionally, the University's Faculty Code recognizes faculty
efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity
and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty
member's academic profile and responsibilities (
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information
Under Washington State Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1,
University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a
UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will
be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For
more information, please visit The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Architecture - Assistant Professor, Location: Seattle, WA - 98105
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