The College of Health (COH) at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure track faculty member with a specialization in quantitative methods and population health whose work focuses on the ethics and potentially disparate impact of applying AI and other algorithmic data-driven decision-making systems in the health and medical context. Applications from qualified individuals for hire at the rank of assistant professor will be considered. Candidates must possess an earned doctorate by the date of employment in one of the following or related fields: bioethics, population health, public health, community health, computer science, math, social or behavioral sciences, or statistics.
The successful candidate will advance a quantitative understanding of the ethics and potentially disparate impact of applying AI and other algorithmic data-driven decision-making systems, particularly in the health and medical context. Example focus areas include but are not limited to: development of techniques for the quantification of bias in machine learning models, human-“explainable” AI, and capturing and mitigating unintended negative impacts of individual and community-based interventions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the data science program in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and the data department with the College of Business. The individual will contribute quantitative analysis courses as part of College of Health’s existing offerings. The successful candidate will teach courses on the ethics of AI other algorithmic data-driven decision-making systems in health, quantitative methods, and other courses within the area of expertise.
At the core of the COH is a commitment to foster positive change in the communities where we live and work by promoting health equity. The mission of the COH, the newest of five colleges at Lehigh University, is to understand, preserve, and improve the health and well-being of domestic and global populations and communities with data-driven and community-focused research and education in three primary areas: population health, community health, and health innovation & technology. Our strategic plan identifies the core areas of research distinction in which the COH will continue to grow faculty expertise. We intend to build a team of scholars with expertise in both technology/data science and community based participatory research in order to collaborate with communities of users to develop and apply health technologies that will reduce health disparities. We are committed to developing a particular, though not exclusive, focus on marginalized communities in the Lehigh Valley, as well as Indigenous communities locally, nationally, and globally.
The COH offers undergraduate majors in Population Health, as well as Community and Global Health, and graduate degrees including a Master in Public Health, and an MS and PhD in Population Health. As our faculty grows, the COH will add an undergraduate major and minor in Biostatistics/Health Data Analytics, a suite of graduate degrees in Digital Health (certificate, MS, PhD), as well as a Community Health track within our existing doctorate. The distinctive experiences of undergraduates and graduate students in the COH include an innovative curriculum, robust experiential learning opportunities, and integrated career and professional development. The COH is host to three research institutes: the Institute for Indigenous Studies, the Institute for Health Policy and Politics, and the Children’s Environmental Precision Health Institute. COH faculty also may participate in the three research institutes based in Lehigh’s College of Engineering: the Institute for Functional Materials and Devices, the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation, and the Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy.
The COH is located in the Health, Science, and Technology (HST) Building, Lehigh University’s newest, state-of-the-art research facility, which opened in January 2022. The innovative, flexible, and sustainably designed facility will advance Lehigh University’s research innovation in STEM. The innovative design of the building encourages interdisciplinary collaboration; develops functional neighborhoods that create a model of intensity and productivity; and engages the campus community by bringing the public into the building.
Review of Applications
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Fullest consideration will be given to those applicants whose materials are received by November 7, 2022.
The anticipated start date is as soon as August 2023. Lehigh University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from women and minorities. Lehigh offers excellent benefits, including domestic partner benefits.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses the qualifications for this position, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants should apply at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22436.
For additional information on either position, please email INCOHFAC@lehigh.edu and indicate the name of the specific position in the email.
Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation’s highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. Interested applicants are invited to visit the COH website and President Helble’s message on Research and Excellence.
Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available here. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found here. Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty.
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