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HSR: Assistant or Associate Professor

New York College of Dentistry

We are a mission driven department seeking dynamic individuals committed to challenging the status quo and improving oral health equity.

Oral disease is a serious and persistent problem both nationally and internationally. According the Global Burden of Disease Study, dental caries (cavities) is the globe’s most prevalent disease. In the US more than 50% of US children have experienced caries. This percentage increases to more than 70% for minority children or children living in poverty. Periodontal (gum) disease affects half of adults in the United States. These are soluble and needless burdens on people’s health: caries is preventable, as are the most common forms of periodontal disease.

We are seeking full-time faculty members in the field of health services research and policy, a statistician, and a quantitative epidemiologist who are interested in collaborating at the policy, program, and/or personal levels – locally, nationally, and globally – to solve this and other oral health problems.

The primary faculty responsibilities will be to add the health services research and policy perspective to existing and new projects in a way that leads to real-world improvements in oral health equity. This could include, but is not limited to: collaborating on grants with other department members; mentoring graduate students; contributing to graduate-level courses. The successful candidate will also seek independent funding to pursue oral health equity improvement. While each faculty member maintains his or her own research program, we all contribute to the departmental mission to advance oral health equity.

The Department offers ample opportunities for collaboration. We currently have faculty members with a range of complementary areas of expertise, including: bioethics, implementation science, biostatistics, economics, applied informatics, and epidemiology.

The Department has a vibrant set of ongoing activities, including active collaborations with:

  • New York City Department of Health, and New York City Department of Education (the largest school district in the country): to improve oral health and academic performance.
  • New Hampshire: to implement state-wide school-based and WIC caries prevention programs.
  • UNICEF and the United Nation’s World Food Program: to explore innovative solutions to Ebola and Polio response and rethink a system's approach to food access.
  • WHO as a Collaborating Center for Oral Health: to provide surveillance and training
  • The Cochrane Collaboration: to generate systematic reviews
  • Univision: to provide oral health stories

The Department has teaching responsibilities for dental students in the following areas: epidemiology, evidence-based dentistry, ethics, and public policy. We also have a graduate program in clinical research.


Candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to: law, health policy and management, public policy, biostatistics, epidemiology, public administration, public health. Doctoral-level training (for example, J.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., D.B.A.) is required. A background in oral health is not required.

An ideal candidate would:

  • Have strong health services research and/or policy skills
  • Have a track record of contributing to real-world improvements in health
  • Be collaborative
  • Be willing to contribute towards advancing the departmental mission of oral health equity
  • Either have a track-record of grant funding or concrete plans to seek grant support (as a principal investigator or co-investigator)

We have both research-track and tenure-track openings: track selection will depend upon experience and career goals.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to Dr. Ryan Ruff, PhD via http://apply.interfolio.com/40755

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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