Assistant Professor – Nutrition and Data Science

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Assistant Professor – Nutrition and Data Science

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 29, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by April 26, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (April 26, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship, who are expected to have a research focus in nutritional epidemiology, nutrition and data analytics, or similar area. The research area should draw upon applications of data science including novel information technologies to evaluate nutrition interventions, behavior change, population health, and/or the impacts of policies that influence diet and health. This includes developing a productive, nationally-recognized, and externally-funded research program that works across university disciplines – particularly those within the URI Academic Health Collaborative and with the URI Data Science curriculum.

The Department, College and University recognize that nutrition professionals do not reflect the diverse communities served and that the field of nutrition needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives to support all people in achieving their health and nutrition goals. NFS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to serve as a representative inspiration for the next generations of nutrition professionals. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, and/or excluded in the field of nutrition that will support the mission of both URI and NFS to expose students to different perspectives. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among undergraduate students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Basic Function:

This tenure-track position will teach undergraduate nutrition courses and develop a research area in nutritional epidemiology, data analytics, or similar area that will serve the needs of the state by training students in the health sciences to better use data to inform decision making. Ideally, candidates will weave data science and analytics into their curriculum, as proficiency in data science and analytics are increasingly required for future healthcare practitioners that will be challenged with using data to develop and evaluate public health programs and to inform clinical decision making with the greater use of electronic health records across health systems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will teach NFS 210 – Applied General Nutrition (4 credits, lecture/lab) in the fall and spring semesters. NFS 210 is required for nutrition and dietetics majors and is approved for general education credit (STEM, Math). This position will also teach foundational undergraduate NFS courses designed to best serve the growing interest in nutrition related fields of public health, data analytics, and pre-professional health careers. This position will be expected to develop and grow independent and collaborative research in nutrition data science and analytics, secure extramural funding, and disseminate results accordingly. Service within this position may include student advising and serving on committees at the departmental, college, and/or University level.



1.Earned doctorate in Nutrition or closely related area conferred by August 15, 2021.

2.Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with and promoting diverse and traditionally underrepresented groups.

3.Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse interdisciplinary team across the college or university level.

4.Demonstrated teaching experience and responsibilities at the college or university level as either an instructor, lecturer, or teaching assistant.

5.Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

6. Demonstrated effective oral communication skills.

7.Demonstrated experience in grant writing.

8.Demonstrated ability to develop an independent research program.

9.Evidence of published research in scholarly peer-reviewed journals related to focus area.


1.Registered Dietitian (RD) and/or Master of Public Health (MPH).

2.Postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience.

3.Demonstrated Independent teaching of one or more undergraduate course(s) in nutrition at a college or university.

4.Demonstrated ability to secure research funding from extramural grant funding sources.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


Nutrition & Food Science


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter, which also includes the names and contact information of 3 professional references (as one complete pdf document).

(#2) Curriculum Vitae.

(#3) 1-2 page research statement with a 5-year detailed research timeline (as one complete pdf document).

(#4) 1-page teaching statement/philosophy.

(#5) – “Other Document” – 1-page diversity statement that identifies commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and action items.

(#6) – “Other” is Optional if needed – for “additional document.”

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Posted: 3/19/2021
Application Due: 5/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time