Job: Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School invites applications to a search for a physician-social scientist to be appointed as assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. This tenure-track position is established to strengthen the Department’s scholarship related to epidemic disease in West Africa and to understanding how local social, political-economic, and cultural factors influence disease distribution and development of effective health services. We seek applicants who have in-depth field experience, ideally involving collaborations with local researchers and policy makers to assess and improve health care systems and policies. The candidate should also have significant experience conducting ethnographic or qualitative research relevant to improving the delivery of care. The person appointed to this position will be expected to teach and mentor medical students as well as field-based trainees and colleagues; collaborate on research and development of health care interventions with local and global colleagues and other site-related stakeholders; and develop an independent research portfolio. Concurrent with this appointment, the incumbent may assume clinical duties at a Harvard-affiliated hospital. This position requires an MD degree, residency training, and an advanced degree in a social science field. Preference will be given to candidates holding the MD-PhD degrees, and particularly to infectious disease physicians, to medical anthropologists, and to persons with interest and experience in sub-Saharan Africa.


Applicants should send the curriculum vitae, one or two samples of their scholarly work (published or unpublished), a cover letter that outlines specific research plans and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three to five potential references. These documents should be submitted as .pdf attachments to: Application review will begin on January 23, 2017.


Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.