Faculty Position in Community-Based Epidemiology, Public Health Research, and Prevention

Requisition #: A-146156-4

Status: Full Time

Type: Faculty

School: Bloomberg School of Public Health

Department/Program: Department of Epidemiology

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Location Zip Code: 21205

Closing Date: Open until filled

General Description

The Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as Director of the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention. The successful candidate will be named the George W. Comstock Professor in Public Health Research and Prevention

The Center, located in Hagerstown, Maryland, is a renowned research field center for multiple experimental and nonexperimental studies and clinical trials including the longstanding Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort study. The Director will be responsible for providing strategic direction and operational management for the Center's activities, supporting current grants and contracts, identifying and securing funding for new research projects, and fostering collaboration among community members and associated Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and trainees.


About the George W. Comstock and the Center for Public Health Research and Prevention

George W. Comstock was a groundbreaking scientist in the field of epidemiology. He revolutionized community-based epidemiologic research through his conduct of population-based studies in Washington County. Long before others considered the rationale for collecting biological specimens in large populations, Dr. Comstock lead a private census of the county and then amassed the first large, community-based biological repository that led to groundbreaking research findings in cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other important health conditions.


The Johns Hopkins Training Center for Public Health Research was established in 1962. It was renamed the Comstock Center in 2003 to honor the long-standing contributions of Dr. Comstock to the development of the community-based center. Today, Washington County remains an outstanding place to conduct epidemiologic studies and clinical trials. It has a state-of-the-art hospital and medical community. Most importantly, the population has a strong interest in health research and willingness to participate in projects that will benefit the advancement of medical knowledge to improve the health of society as a whole. The Center's current studies build on nearly a century of community-based research collaborations between Johns Hopkins University and Washington County.  Currently, there are over 20 staff members who work at the Comstock Center and the Center's largest studies focus on heart disease and aging (the

Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities study), cancer (the Give us a Clue to Cancer study ), and promoting cognitive health among older adults (the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders study). Collectively, these studies have enrolled tens of thousands of study participants since their inception.  


-         Doctoral degree in epidemiology or related field

-         Experience in developing a strategic vision and leading diverse, interdisciplinary scientific and community-based teams in experimental and nonexperimental research studies and clinical trials

-         Experience in collaborating with community-based organizations and leaders in the conduct of public health research and dissemination of findings

-         Excellent management, scientific writing, and communication skills

-         Experience and potential for securing external funding for new projects

-         Experience in supervising and mentoring students and early career professionals

-         Interest in and commitment to teaching

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit

-         A CV

-         Copies of up to 3 publications or reports that reflect their work

-         A cover letter with their vision for public health research and prevention and a statement  of experience with and commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity (IDARE) principles

-         A list of 3-5 references

To apply for this position, visit: apply.interfolio.com/146156

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