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Professor in Environment & Human Health (E&R)

University of Exeter - European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH)

Location: Penryn
Salary: From £75,228 on Grade (H), depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st November 2023
Closes: 11th January 2024
Job Ref: R86813

Based in the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), which forms a part of the Department of Public Health & Sports Science (PHSS), within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS)

The role

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, internationally-recognised academic to lead world-class research into the complex links between the environment and human health. The postholder will build on the University of Exeter’s strengths in this area within the Centre and across the wider University. Our core research areas include: climate change and health; nature, biodiversity and health; blue environments and health; microbiology and antimicrobial resistance in the environment; and food systems for sustainable and healthy nutrition.  We have a particular focus in these areas on health inequalities, complex systems, local and global practice and policy.  We welcome applicants whose expertise covers any aspect of the links between the environment and human health in these areas. We are looking for innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications, who are able to attract other world-class academics to the Centre and the University.

The postholder will also take on the position of Centre Director, for an initial period of five years (renewable by agreement). The Director role will include leading the development and implementation of the Centre’s research strategy as part of the wider development and implementation of an Environment, Climate and Health Strategy for the Faculty, bringing the Centre together with related researchers from across the University and external partners.  It will also involve leading and co-ordinating research and education activity in Environment and Human Health.

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH)

ECEHH is a world-leading, transdisciplinary research and education Centre tackling the critical interconnections between the climate and environmental emergencies and human health. It sits within the Department of Public Health and Sports Science, one of three departments of the University of Exeter Medical School within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

The Centre has an extensive national and international portfolio of research and education including funding from all major UK and European research funders. The Centre’s vision is:

  • Transforming global understanding of the linkages between environment and human health.
  • Embedding sustainability and equity at the heart of environment and human health research.
  • Building and supporting a diverse research community to improve understanding, challenge thinking and bring about positive change to the planet and people.

The Centre has strong partnerships with local communities, governments and organisations in the UK and internationally, including the Met Office (based in Exeter), the UK Health Security Agency, and Natural England. The Centre is the WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health. Our ethos is highly inter/transdisciplinary, multi- and mixed-method, collaborative and inclusive, representing core values necessary towards addressing complex challenges at the intersection of health and the environment.

Before submitting an application, you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Prof Rich Smith (rich.smith@exeter.ac.uk) or ECEHH co-directors Dr Conny Guell (c.guell@exeter.ac.uk) or Dr Ben Wheeler (b.w.wheeler@exeter.ac.uk).

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