• University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 8, 2022

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Job Description:

The University of Florida (UF), the flagship university of the state of Florida, is a top-tier research institution with a long history of training outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UF is currently ranked #5 among U.S. public research universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University of Florida Health Sciences Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. The colleges, major research centers and institutes, and clinical enterprise focus on building collaborative, specialized clinical services centered on quality and innovation.

The Opportunity

The University of Florida invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Environmental & Human Toxicology. The position is a 12-month, state-funded, tenure-track faculty position (Associate or Full Professor) in the Department of Physiological Sciences within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The successful candidate will have an established, independent, externally funded research program in any area of human, veterinary, or environmental toxicology, proven leadership skills, and demonstrated teaching experience in professional and graduate programs. The ideal candidate will have experience in applied or regulatory toxicology with established interactions across diverse stakeholders such as industry, the regulatory community, and community organizations.

The successful candidate will join the diverse toxicology faculty in the campus-wide Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology (CEHT). The center acts to facilitate collaborative research, graduate education, and outreach in toxicology across multiple Colleges, including Medicine, Engineering, Public Health and Health Profession, and Veterinary Medicine. The Center operates research support cores in aquatic and analytical toxicology.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Maintain an exemplary extramurally supported research program in basic, applied, and/or regulatory toxicology.
  2. Play a leadership role in the CEHT activities and engage with local, state, and national stakeholders as its representative.
  3. Be integrally involved with local, state, national, and international toxicology initiatives and stakeholder groups addressing the current and emerging issues in the field.
  4. Work closely with CEHT faculty to coordinate and maintain infrastructure and support for interdisciplinary multi-investigator faculty research.
  5. Help coordinate research activities within CEHT and with the submission of multi-investigator research and training grants/contracts.
  6. Maintain and develop the educational mission of the CEHT with a focus in graduate and post-graduate education in human and environmental toxicology.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Florida is committed to diversity, inclusion, and heath equity through the efforts of actively finding, developing, and including the best talent to support our vision of being “a premier institution focused on promoting health and alleviating human suffering through exceptional education, discovery, innovation and patient-centered health care of the highest quality.”

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

The University of Florida

Located in Gainesville since 1906, The University of Florida (UF) has 16 colleges, a major academic health center, a championship winning athletic program, a top-ranked undergraduate online program and, in keeping with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive agriculture and natural resources programs. All are based at the University’s 2,000-acre campus, joining its historic red-brick core with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas and connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial and residential districts.

UF has 55,000 students, 30,000 employees, 5,500 faculty members, a $5 billion annual budget and more than 140 mission-focused units across the state of Florida. It is the Sunshine State’s only member of the Association of American Universities comprising the nation’s 60 leading public and private research universities. More than 51,000 students have applied as freshmen for the 2021-22 academic year — a new record.

Several qualities distinguish UF among today’s leading public research universities. The first is its highly comprehensive breadth on a single campus, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among, for example, faculty within the adjacent colleges of journalism, engineering, and medicine. The second is its unwavering support from the state of Florida, which has endorsed UF’s drive to become one of the nation’s very best public research universities — supporting those efforts since 2013 with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to grow its faculty ranks by 500 members. UF’s third exceptional quality is its dynamism. Like Florida, the nation’s third-largest state and among the fastest-growing, UF is undergoing rapid transformation as it pursues the overarching aspiration to be "a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership.”

The City of Gainesville

Gainesville ( is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and so is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. Gainesville is also the largest city in Alachua County and is the county seat, with approximately 269,000 residents county-wide. It serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the north central Florida region. The city provides a full range of municipal services, including cultural and nature services and necessary administrative services to support these activities. Additionally, the city owns a regional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-par championship golf course. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida. The city is in a central location to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a day’s drive to beaches, nature preserves, and water-based activities. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.

Expected Salary:

Faculty rank and salary will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum of 7 years post-graduate experience. M.D., Ph.D., DV.M., or similar degree.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Track record of extramural research funding, particularly multi-investigator inter-disciplinary projects.
  • Track record of extramural training grant support.
  • Demonstrated prior experience in a leadership role with excellent communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated mentoring capabilities.
  • Experience with the diverse stakeholder interactions encountered in toxicology.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in toxicology.
  • Community outreach experience.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience, particularly at the graduate level.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates must apply online at and should include a letter of interest that specifies research accomplishments, teaching background and future goals, along with a CV and the names of three references. Applications will be evaluated as they are received, and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries can be sent to Chris Vulpe, Search Committee Chair, ([email protected]).

Final candidates will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection upon request.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

Health Assessment Required:No.