Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences (82136)Location:
Gainesville, FLOpen Date:
Sep 14, 2021Close Date:
Sep 28, 2021Description:
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.
A 9-month, tenure-accruing Assistant Professorship is available in the Food Science & Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The position will be 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). Tenure will accrue in the Food Science & Human Nutrition Department. This assignment may change in the future in accordance with the needs of the unit.
The teaching assignment will require significant engagement in scholarly activities related to instruction, including: 1) developing online and in-person courses; 2) teaching a graduate level course in bioinformatics or statistics as related to ‘omics’ analysis; 3) participating in and leading seminars; 4) advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; 5) participating in curriculum revision and enhancement; 5) seeking funding to support innovative teaching initiatives; 6) supervising undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and serving on graduate student committees; 7) publishing teaching related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.
The research assignment will include seeking contract and/or extramural grant funding to support research and graduate student training activities, developing and training AI methods applied to human health and nutrition. It is expected that selected candidate will develop strong collaborations with other UF Departments, such as the UF Diabetes Institute, UF Genetics Institute, UF Informatics Institute, Animal and Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program, or departments in the College of Medicine. External funding prospects are very strong in this area, with numerous substantial opportunities in federal agencies with large and growing research portfolios, private foundations and donors, and industry support. External funding for Omics ‘related research include DOE (BES, BER, ARPA-E), NSF (IOS, PGRP, MCB), USDA (NIFA, SCRI), DOD (DARPA), FFAR, NIH (R01, including NIDDK, NCI, NIA, NIAID, and NHLBI), and foundation support (e.g., American Heart Association).
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.
The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a large, interdisciplinary unit within IFAS, and is comprised of three undergraduate majors: Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Dietetics. Faculty in FSHN conduct research, teaching and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including micronutrient metabolism, phytochemical nutrition, diet and immune function, and pre-and pro-biotics. Graduate level programs are competitive and provide the opportunity for graduate student mentorship. Please consult the departmental webpage for additional information (https://fshn.ifas.ufl.edu/).
Strengths in Nutritional Sciences at UF include micronutrient research, molecular nutrition, human physiology and pathophysiology. The department has ~30 full-time faculty members including a significant group of federally funded researchers with a rich history of national research awards. The department currently has three open faculty searches. The graduate program enrolls over 70 MS and Ph.D. students in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, and Food Science. The doctoral program in Nutritional Sciences is interdisciplinary and includes faculty from different departments across campus (http://nutritionalsciences.centers.ufl.edu/faculty.aspx). The undergraduate student enrollment in Food Science and Human Nutrition is 545, 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, bioinformatics, physiology, epidemiology, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and a track record of procuring extramural research funding. 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.
The selected candidate is expected to have expertise in the ‘omics of human (or experimental animal) nutrition in health and disease’, and to utilize approaches such as ‘big data’ analysis, artificial intelligence, or machine learning.
The successful candidate should have superior accomplishments and relevant experience, a strong publication record, and the ability to develop and sustain an extramurally funded research program.
Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Also, previous university- or college-level teaching experience will be considered a plus but is not absolutely required. Application Instructions:
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 # 82136
James F. Collins
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Food Science and Human Nutrition
P.O. Box 110370
Gainesville, FL 32611
Electronic Mail: [email protected]
- Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/94582 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 http://www.naces.org/.
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.