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We are recruiting for one position:

Faculty Position in Humanitarian Assistance

Open Rank – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

Tenure-Track or Tenured Research and Teaching Appointment

The Feinstein International Center at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, seeks a mid to senior level faculty member with strong expertise in humanitarian systems and policy, governance and research. We anticipate the faculty member will build and lead a robust, interdisciplinary teaching, research, and translational platform to broadly influence the international humanitarian community. The platform should focus on the needs of populations affected by conflict and disaster and how humanitarian systems interact with these needs.  Areas of research could include:

  • Humanitarian access in conflicts and impact on vulnerable populations
  • Remote management and impacts on humanitarian programs and personnel
  • The rising influence of new humanitarian donors
  • The broad humanitarian system, its structural challenges, and its future structure
  • The impact of countering violent extremism on humanitarian assistance
  • Climate change and humanitarian response
  • Urbanization and how it changes disaster preparedness, response, and livelihood
  • Food security and nutrition

We seek candidates whose work is relevant to a wide range of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors, and people of all races, genders, and income levels.

Candidates should have earned a terminal advanced degree relevant to their area of research.  The faculty member will be expected to maintain a robust externally-funded internationally focused research portfolio, which will preferably be conducted in collaboration with members of the Feinstein International Center and/or members of the Friedman School faculty.  Candidates’ areas of research should complement the Feinstein International Center and the Friedman School missions; for more information, please visit the Feinstein website and the Friedman School’s website.

The faculty member’s remaining effort should focus on contributing to humanitarian policy and practice through teaching, supervision of graduate students, and service to the Friedman School. International travel for research or other activities such as training is expected.

Candidates are expected to have demonstrated outstanding scholarship through publications in high quality research journals and other publications concerned with humanitarian issues, a strong track record of external funding, a demonstrable record of influencing humanitarian policy through research and application, and a commitment to teaching excellence and student mentorship, including work with a diverse range of students. Candidates who have served in non-academic positions such as senior leadership and policy positions in areas of concern will be considered, but must have demonstrated scholarship through publications in high quality research journals or other publications.

This is a full-time, 12-month tenure-track open rank position, with a preference for associate or full professor. Consideration will be given to exceptional, advanced assistant professors.  Highly competitive salary, recruitment packages, and benefits are available, commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience. The preferred starting date is fall 2019 to early 2020.

The Feinstein International Center strives to enable decision makers at every level to more actively engage with evidence and learning to bring about positive change among at-risk and marginalized populations. For more than 20 years, our researchers have carried out long-term research across an array of subjects that have helped, and continue to help, the humanitarian community understand its work, the underlying context and circumstances that affect programs and responses, and aspects of the community itself. Subjects range from war and humanitarianism, famine determination and response, nutrition and emergencies, displacement and migration, impacts of conflict on women and girls, and the intersection between humanitarian action and programs countering violent extremism.  Each of these areas of primary research can be very specific, but also provide the foundation for understanding broader policy questions that assist the humanitarian community to meet evolving challenges for effective response.

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy distinguishes itself by its breadth of scholarship in nutrition research, education, and public impact: from cell to society, food security to healthy aging, individuals to policy, and health to sustainability.  We bring together biomedical, interventional, social, public health, economics, and food systems scientists to conduct work that leads to a healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable food supply for populations throughout the world. Our hallmarks are the interdisciplinary focus, integrative nature, and translational impact of our education and research programs, which complement the intellectually rich environment across Tufts, a “Research Class 1” university and top-25-ranked undergraduate institution.  Tufts University, a recognized premier university, is home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses with a culture of cross-school partnerships.

Tufts University prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skills in positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Located in downtown Boston on the Health Sciences Campus, Friedman School faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, including with faculty within the Friedman School and the Tufts USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, School of Dentistry, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, and the multiple other colleges and universities in Boston, nationally, and worldwide.

The Friedman School recognizes the impact moving to a new city might have on your family. Tufts University is proud to be a member of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). The HERC website offers a powerful dual-career search tool for your partner to search for positions in the New England area.

Questions about the position should be addressed to Professor Greg Gottlieb, search committee chair and Director of the Feinstein International Center, at Gregory.Gottlieb@tufts.edu, tel: 617-627-1335.

Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and objectives, and contact information for three references through Interfolio.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

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