Assistant Professor (71845)

Gainesville, FL
Apr 03, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor (71845)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Apr 2, 2021

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The candidate is expected to have expertise in human nutrition and metabolism (or related fields), and to develop or continue a strong research program focusing on nutrition-related health and disease. Research that utilizes artificial intelligence is a plus. Teaching will include graduate-level courses in macro- or micronutrients and an undergraduate laboratory course. The candidate is expected to develop online and in-person courses. The candidate is encouraged to participate in and lead seminars. The faculty member will be expected to participate in undergraduate education and advising, chair graduate committees, serve on other graduate committees, supervise thesis and dissertation research, and supervise undergraduate and postdoctoral research and publish with their graduate students. Tenure will accrue in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. The candidate will acquire contract and grant funding to actively support their programs. The successful candidate is encouraged to engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

Strengths in Nutritional Sciences at UF include micronutrient research, molecular nutrition, human metabolism, and physiology. The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a unit of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The department has approximately 30 full-time faculty members including a significant group of federally funded researchers with a rich history of national research awards. The graduate program enrolls over 80 M.S. and Ph.D. students in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, and Food Science. The doctoral program in Nutritional Sciences is interdisciplinary and includes a number of faculty from different departments across campus ( The undergraduate student enrollment in Food Science and Human Nutrition is over 500, with three majors in Nutritional Sciences, Food Science and Dietetics. Within walking distance are superb opportunities to participate in basic and translational research with the UF Diabetes Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and collaborate with faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Health and Human Performance, Public Health, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Center for Nutritional Sciences sponsors a vibrant seminar series.



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in nutritional sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, and procurement of extramural funding. The successful candidate should have relevant experience, demonstrating a strong publication record, superior accomplishments, and the ability to develop and sustain an extramurally funded research program. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 



Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Also, previous university- or college-level teaching experience will be considered a plus but is not absolutely required.  

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by May 14, 2021.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:


Please refer to Requisition # 71845

James F. Collins, Ph.D.

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Food Science and Human Nutrition

P.O. Box 110370

Gainesville, FL  32611


Telephone:                              352-682-7592

Electronic Mail:                      [email protected]


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit the following documents:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above.
    • The University of Florida is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are thus requested to also include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.