Temple University, Office of Physician & Faculty Recruitment

Center for Asian Health- Tenure Track Faculty

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 12 months ago(3/29/2022 9:09 AM)
Specialty Area
Center for Asian Health-Basic Science

Summary of Position

The Center for Asian Health, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will pursue a vibrant and externally funded research in areas of health disparities among diverse ethnic minority populations, as well as professional services and teaching/training. The competitive candidate for this position will be expected to function as a health disparity investigator and contribute to multidisciplinary team science. We seek candidates whose experiences in innovative population science research has prepared them to advance our mission and commitment to reducing health disparities in cancer, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes among Asian American Pacific Islanders, underserved and underrepresented racial/ethnic minority populations through cohort studies or behavioral interventions. Candidates should demonstrate strong potential to obtain external funding. Candidates with a track record of conducting innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative research are preferred.



  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Completion of 2-3 years of research-focused postdoctoral training with a specific research focus on health and health disparities among ethnic minority populations including Asian Americans
  • Multiple publications in peer-reviewed journal of high professional standing during the past 3 years
  • It is preferable that the candidates have experience with community-based research and grants writing and submission.

This position seeks to identify extraordinary scholars from fields including but not limited to public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, kinesiology, psychology, geography, or related fields with a demonstrated track record of scholarly work in health disparities, population health, social and environmental epidemiology, and community health. Interdisciplinary researchers are strongly desired. The candidate should have expertise conducting health disparities research, including study design and methodology, data analysis, and dissemination of findings to various stakeholders. The candidate should have strong communication, writing, problem solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal strengths. Teaching interests must include health disparities, and health equity.


The candidate should ideally have significant experience conducting research that addresses social determinants of health that relate to the neighborhood and built environment, as well as social and community context and be able to apply these principles to intervention, community-based, epidemiological based studies conducted by the Center for Asian Health. Some examples of research areas include the neighborhood environment, access to nutritious foods and physical activity opportunities, racism, discrimination, and violence and how these relate to health outcomes and contribute to racial and ethnic health disparities. Expertise with data analysis and proficiency in software such as SAS and GIS is preferred. The candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to conduct health disparities research that investigate social and environmental factors that lead to health disparities in health outcomes such as chronic disease, infectious diseases, and lifestyle behaviors.


The candidate will help advance the strategic plan and mission of the Center for Asian Health through reducing cancer and health disparities among diverse and underserved populations. The candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary aspect of the center through their expertise in health disparities research but specifically providing unique expertise with macro social determinants of health. The candidate will collaborate with multiple researchers from other fields and provide guidance in this area of research that is a topic of priority in health disparities research related to cancer, chronic disease, and infectious diseases.


Center for Asian Health

Established in 2000, Center for Asian Health at Lewis Katz School of Medicine is one of the first in the nation dedicated to reducing cancer and health disparities among diverse Asian Pacific Americans (funded by NIH/NCI). The Center's mission is to reduce health disparities and improve health equity among growing Asian American Pacific Islanders, underserved and underrepresented diverse populations through research, education/mentorship, community outreach, dissemination and clinical support for enhancing culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health care. Center for Asian Health has a long tradition of excellence that promotes and supports community-based participatory research (CBPR) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The Center has been committed to the mission of fostering collaborative transdisciplinary research that comprehensively integrates social, behavioral, environmental, clinical, genetic and biological factors within a multilevel framework by addressing the determinants of health and health disparities in cancer, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Center for Asian Health has conducted over 120 research projects and received continuous funding for over $90 millions from National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, PCORI, state and city health departments and other sources The Center has established an innovative and effective model for reducing health disparities and advancing health equity in underserved populations. There will be many opportunities for research collaborations with the Center’s established partners over the past 20 years, including Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Health System, community-based organizations and regional health disparity partnership networks in the PA, NJ, and NYC.


Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple Health and by the Katz School of Medicine. Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $2.5 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research. TUHS is a progressive and innovative organization. Within the past year, it has earned national and regional accolades for excellence in healthcare. Among these recognitions are the Philadelphia “Employer of Choice” (the only healthcare provider named), Forbes “Best in State”, Healthcare Equality Index Leader, Nursing Magnet, and Leapfrog “A” Safety Grade. These honors speak to the proud team culture of TUHS.


The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care, achieved by faculty, staff, and learners who represent and serve its diverse society. With more than 13,000 alumni, LKSOM has trained a significant proportion of the physician base in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, the MD graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs. They have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans, and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.


Katz School of Medicine has 27 basic science and clinical departments, comprising over 900 full-and part-time faculty, over 900 volunteer faculty, and more than 500 additional staff.


Temple Faculty Physicians is made up of more than 500 dually employed physicians who are the cornerstone of clinical care and teaching for Temple’s healthcare enterprise. These physicians practice in 20 academic departments encompassing every subspecialty in modern medicine.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: located in the heart of a diverse urban area, the Katz School of Medicine is acutely aware of the impact of the national systemic problems related to the lack of health equity and access to affordable, culturally responsive healthcare. In response, Katz works to address issues that promote health equity through education, care delivery, workforce development, and research. LKSOM recognizes that an environment enriched with persons from varied backgrounds working to address health disparity enhances scholarly work and the development of a culturally aware and responsive healthcare workforce.

We are especially interested in qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups. For more information about diversity at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.


Procedure for Candidacy

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete the above online application. Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted all of the required documents and information. All documents must be in PDF format.


Application materials must include a curriculum vitae; a personal statement summarizing your experience, qualifications, and career goals; and three professional references, including names and contact information.  A statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly encouraged. 


Please address your application to: Grace X. Ma, PhD, Director, Center for Asian Health, Associate Dean for Health Disparities, Laura H. Carnell Professor, and Professor in Clinical Sciences; C/O Jessica Vega, Sr. Physician/Faculty Recruiter, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Confidential inquiries and questions regarding the position should be directed to jessica.vega@tuhs.temple.edu 


COVID-19 vaccinations are required for employment at Temple University, unless granted a religious or medical exemption (see www.temple.edu/coronavirus)


Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.



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