College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of Food and Nutr

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Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition Security

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN)

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition seeks to fill a position for an Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Security.

This position is part of an initiative at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to contribute to the improvement of global human and environmental health via the food system. We intend to dramatically strengthen and expand our capacity in this arena through a seven-position cluster hire focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. Faculty hired into these positions will lead college wide efforts in food security and global health, and participate in related campus priorities, including the Nutrition and Food Security theme of the campus strategic plan (, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, among others.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an outstanding scholar who uses basic/applied food and nutrition science approaches to alleviate the nutritional health consequences of food insecurity in regional, national, and/or international areas. This is a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department's core areas of biochemical and molecular nutrition, food security and safety, integrated food, nutrition, and health, and food material science and engineering.

The selected candidate is expected to develop an integrated research-teaching program that addresses the nutritional consequences of food insecurity as broadly defined. Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to, biomarkers of nutrition insecurity, protein function and homeostasis, micronutrient function, technology development for nutrition assessment, and mechanisms of action of nutrient-nutrient interactions toward food security and global health.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on the nutritional consequences of food insecurity. Emphasis will be on biochemical and molecular nutrition with implication for health outcomes. Key discoveries will be translated into national and global health practices and food and nutrition policy changes. The successful candidate will teach food science and human nutrition courses relevant to their expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in online instruction at the graduate level. This position will involve research, teaching, and service.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or closely related disciplines. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Expertise in nutrition science as related to foods, nutrients, and food bioactive compounds is required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in nutrition science, food science, cellular and molecular biology, global nutrition, or other closely related area; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a student enrollment of more than 40,000, and nearly 2,000 faculty. It's located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a vibrant and diverse community of 110,000, and is easy driving distance from St. Louis and Indianapolis. Our community offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life.

The College of ACES is recognized worldwide for its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach, and international programs. We offer tremendous opportunities for students to achieve their goals and prepare for excellent careers. Our hands-on academic programs prepare our graduates for local, national, and global careers. ACES research programs are making a difference in people's lives. Our research and education centers, located throughout the state, provide vital testing grounds where research can generate practical applications that benefit consumers, farmers, commodity groups, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservationists, government agencies, industry, and business. University of Illinois Extension connects the university to people, businesses, and communities statewide to help solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. ACES faculty and staff are leaders in international engagement, addressing global challenges and impacting lives around the world.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is dedicated to implementing research, education, and outreach programs designed to promote a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply that enhances human health. To this end, students and faculty work collectively toward learning, discovering, and disseminating new knowledge and in applying novel technologies to achieve the departmental mission. The basic human need for high quality food for optimal health and wellness drives the core of student training within the FSHN Department, as we strive to be a global leader at transforming lives through distinguished scholarship.

SALARY: Competitive salary with benefits and start-up package are commensurate with qualifications.

PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2019; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that details suitability for (such as how their research interests will translate to nutritional consequences of food insecurity) and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at Only applicants with complete profiles will be considered. Individuals from underrepresented populations are especially welcome to apply. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Ms. Audra Martin, Office Manager ([email protected]) and the position to Dr. Bill Helferich, Professor and Search Committee Chair ([email protected]). Final approval is given by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: 1-Faculty
Title: College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Security - Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (98818)
Open Date: 11/02/2018
Organization Name: Food Science and Human Nutrition





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Posted: 11/3/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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