The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) invites applications for the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity. This tenure-track appointment begins as an endowed chair to be held by a distinguished junior faculty member for the first five years of their faculty appointment after which the position transitions into the standard ladder faculty appointment. During the five year period, the endowment will provide an annual research budget to support the Chair in launching a solutions-focused research career on the vanguard of health equity, health disparities and social justice. Candidates must have a commitment to innovative research that offers fresh perspectives for addressing health inequities and that connects to community need.

The appointment may be in any one or two of the FSPH's five departments, which are Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management. We encourage applications from candidates in all disciplines of public health as well as a wide range of related fields including the social, behavioral, and environmental sciences, statistics, public policy and psychology. Although the specific discipline and field of specialization are open, successful candidates need to have demonstrated experience conducting research into addressing disparities and improving health equity. Candidates may focus on reducing disparities by increasing equity across a wide range of dimensions including race and ethnicity; gender, gender identity and sexual orientation; immigration; religion, disability, linguistic group, and the corresponding forms of oppression (e.g., racism), stigma and discrimination.

Responsibilities include conducting innovative research; building a strong publications record; teaching courses and advising students; participating in the activities of the FSPH, the profession and the community; and, building a successful record of extramural research funding.

Faculty appointment level and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. To be eligible, candidates must have either already earned a doctorate (PhD, ScD, DrPH or equivalent) or have earned it by July 1, 2019. The successful candidate must have excellent research, teaching and service records for their career stage. The Fielding School of Public Health is located on the main campus of UCLA. The UCLA community has a strong track record of and commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research. UCLA has made equity and diversity guiding principles in its future development. UCLA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a (1) cover letter that includes an overview of their research agenda, teaching interests and experience; (2) research statement; (3) curriculum vita, and (4) the names and contact information of references via UCLA Academic Recruit by January 31, 2018. For more information, please contact Ashley Stewart at AStewart@ph.ucla.edu.

For information or to apply, visit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04182

Key Dates

Due January 31, 2018 - Application (cover letter, research statement, curriculum vita and the names and contact information of three references)

Due January 31, 2018 – Letters of reference

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.




The Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health (Center) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to start immediately. Fellows will conduct research on the health effects of racism and other social inequalities. The implications for African Americans, other persons of African descent, and people living in California are of particular concern.


The Center is a multidisciplinary unit in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Launched on Indigenous People’s Day (formerly Columbus Day) 2017, it is organized based on the principles of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP). We promote health equity through rigorous anti-racism research, innovative teaching, and community engagement.  


The 2-year postdoctoral fellowship, which is supported by a grant from the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, provides funding and mentorship to highly qualified doctoral-level trainees studying the health effects of racial and/or other social inequalities (e.g., nativism). Fellows may elect to bring their own project or work on one of the Center’s newest projects. To learn about the newest projects, contact RacismHealthAdmin@ph.ucla.edu (serious inquiries only). To fund their research, fellows may apply for the Center’s competitive seed grant awards and will be encouraged to do so.

Each fellow will be expected to:

  • Identify and work with a faculty mentor to publish, write grants and deliver presentations

  • Conduct an independent research project

  • Participate in the Center’s racism and health working group

  • Participate in other trainings to strengthen expertise in methods, CRT, and/or social justice

Consistent with other competitive postdoctoral opportunities in California, each fellow will receive:

  • Salary (approximately $50,000 per year plus benefits)

  • A start-up research budget of $5,000

  • Nominal support for the mentor

  • Office space plus standard equipment and supplies (i.e., office space, desk, etc.)


Timeline. Applications are currently being accepted and will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled. Fellows may begin as early as October 2018.

Qualifications. To be eligible, applicants must have one of the following:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree, or

  • Other terminal degree (M.D.) plus equivalent research training, or

  • For students who have not yet obtained the degree, official documentation that includes the date the dissertation was successfully defended

Applicants with backgrounds in quantitative or qualitative research methods, study design, social epidemiology, and related areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Process and Materials. To apply, email the items below to RacismHealthAdmin@ph.ucla.edu (single PDF file preferred):

  1. Cover letter (2 pages max) – Summarize your qualifications. Explain how participating in this fellowship fits within your research trajectory and career plans.

  2. NIH biosketch – Use the appropriate NIH form and format

  3. Two writing samples (published articles, manuscripts or dissertation chapters) – At least one of the submissions must present research findings.

  4. Research statement – Describe the research you plan to conduct during the fellowship. Indicate whether you will bring an existing project or work on one of the Center’s newest projects

  5. References – Provide the names of and contact information for three references

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.