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PTBi-CA Faculty Positions

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 7th, 2018
Last review date: Friday, Jun 14, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Feb 7, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences (OBGYNRS) and California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) announce a search for two faculty positions. We are seeking basic, clinical or social scientists with established or promising research programs to bring their diverse expertise and join us in a community-partnered, cell-to-society research enterprise aimed at eliminating disparities in preterm birth and improving outcomes for babies born preterm and their families.

PTBi-CA is a philanthropically funded, multi-year research effort working to reduce the burden of prematurity in California. PTBi-CA engages in holistic, place-based, health-equity focused transdisciplinary research across the reproductive life course. PTBi-CA takes a transdisciplinary approach, bringing together UCSF researchers from across numerous specialties and disciplines (e.g., medicine, nursing, epidemiology, public health), public health agencies, and community leaders to work in direct partnership with Black and Latinx communities and others who are at greatest risk for preterm birth in California. We rely on the wisdom of mothers who have experienced preterm birth and the clinical providers who treat them at all phases of the research process — from developing the research agenda to sharing the results.

We are particularly interested in increasing the diversity of our faculty and strengthening our research PTBi-CA Research Portfolio in the following areas:

  1. Discovery research that is aimed at understanding the interconnected factors that exacerbate or reduce the risk of preterm birth and will lead to novel place-based interventions that address biological and social determinants of poor pregnancy and birth outcomes.
  2. Interventions research across the reproductive life course (from adolescence to menopause) that will provide innovative approaches to implementation of effective interventions or that tests new interventions to reduce disparities in preterm birth rates and improve birth outcomes.
  3. Health and racial equity-focused policy research that addresses the social determinants of health and structural racism and their impact on women of color, lower income women, and their families.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree.
  • An established or developing program of research relevant to preventing preterm birth or improving outcomes for babies born preterm and their families.
  • Outstanding oral/written communication skills.
  • A commitment to reducing disparities in preterm birth and associated outcomes.
  • For an Associate or Full Professor-level candidate : Candidates also must have a demonstrated leadership role at their current organization.


  • A track record in health equity-focused or health disparities research.
  • A sustained record of extramural funding for research and a strong peer-reviewed publication record.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  1. Develop and lead a robust transdisciplinary and community-partnered discovery, interventions or policy research program, with the specific focus to be determined by the incumbent in alignment with the aims of PTBi-CA.
  2. Collaborate effectively with local transdisciplinary researchers, clinicians, public health teams, policy-makers and community-based organizations and individuals and families affected by preterm birth that include but are not limited to communities in San Francisco, Oakland, or Fresno, CA.
  3. Contribute to the leadership and direction of PTBi-CA as a member of the core faculty.
  4. Contribute to teaching or mentorship of students and trainees.
  5. Participate in university and community service and engage in professional activities at local, regional, national or international levels.

Appointments will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. Opportunities for clinical practice may be available, as desired. Attractive startup packages provided through PTBi-CA. A complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching/mentoring, statement of Contributions to Diversity , copies of key publications and three reference contacts.

Submit Applications at the following link Cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Miriam Kuppermann, Chair, Search Committee, OBGYN Department staff contact for application questions is Rita Wasley, email This position is open until filled. Please apply by February 15, 2019 to ensure full consideration.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching/Mentoring

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity

  • Copies of key publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)