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Associate Professor or Professor with Expertise in Systems Science Applied to Prevention Design


The Institute for Prevention Research (IPR) and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California invites applications for a full-time position(s) at the associate professor or professor level. IPR includes transdisciplinary faculty who conduct research on disease prevention with particular emphasis on understanding complex levels of disease risk behaviors of youth and families and designing appropriate prevention strategies based on risk analysis. IPR is well known for the conduct of large community, neighborhood, and school based field trials. 


We are seeking a senior level associate or full professor candidate(s) with an interdisciplinary background in applying a systems science approach to the understanding and prevention of disease and disease risk behaviors. At the full professor rank, the successful candidate will be considered a USC transformative hire, and is expected to transform the way prevention is conceived and apply novel methods to design prevention programs. Evidence of discipline cross-over or integration is preferred, particularly engineering, computer science, and the social and behavioral sciences. The candidate will be encouraged to develop a systems science core at USC that involves collaboration among existing methodologists and systems scientists from across USC who are interested in prevention.


The academic programs in the department include degrees at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level. Applicants must have a commitment and evidence of the ability to provide high quality teaching in the classroom as well as mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels. 


The successful applicant will be recruited as a faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine - Health Behavior Research Division.  The department includes an outstanding faculty in health behavior research, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, and biostatistics.   Minimum requirements include a PhD, MD or Dr.PH with demonstration of extramural research funding.  USC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages minority and women candidates to apply for this position.  Applicants please submit curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching interests.  Letters of reference and representative publications or preprints will be requested from finalists.  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the candidate is selected.  Please send CV and statement to Dr. Thomas Valente, Department of Preventive Medicine, 2001 N. Soto St, Los Angeles California, 90034 or by email to:  [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask].


We also have pre- and post-doctoral openings.




Thomas W. Valente, PhD

Professor, Department of  Preventive Medicine

Keck School of Medicine

University of Southern California

2001 N. Soto St., Room 302w     

Los Angeles, CA 90034-9045                       

phone: (323) 442-8238

cell: (310) 977-4123

email: [log in to unmask]


Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods & Applications (2010 Oxford University Press):

Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (2002 Oxford University Press)

Network Models of the Diffusion of Innovations (1995 Hampton Press)


My personal webpage: http://www-hsc.usc.edu/~tvalente/


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