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Assistant Professor-Nutrition Policy and Food Systems-School of Public Health

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Assistant Professor-Nutrition Policy and Food Systems-School of Public Health

The University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of "Nutrition Policy and Food Systems". The successful candidate will be invited to join the Division of Community Health Sciences in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and be part of the Public Health and Nutrition faculty cluster as well as the larger community of scholars at UC Berkeley working on these issues.

UC Berkeley's School of Public Health leads the nation in training leaders in Public Health Nutrition who work in research, intervention design and implementation, and policy analysis. We have pioneered research in the areas of taxation of sugar sweetened beverages, food security and health, influence of stress on behavior and metabolism, and dynamic, economic interventions to improve growth and development across the lifespan. Berkeley Public Health's Public Health Nutrition faculty have been appointed to the National Academy of Medicine Food & Nutrition Board, and standing committees and consensus committees which investigate dietary guidelines and federal food programs. Our faculty have widespread affiliations with other academic and research units on the Berkeley campus which include leading the Berkeley Food Institute, and associations with the Center for Global Public Health, the Center for Effective Global Action, the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, and the Institute for Global Nutrition at the University of California, Davis.

We aim to recruit an Assistant Professor with exceptional promise for path breaking contributions in research and education in public health, nutrition policy and food systems. Nutrition has been identified as a crucial field of study within public health. Specifically, we seek a scholar who will conduct innovative, trans-disciplinary research and/or develop population-level interventions at the intersection of diet, nutritional status, food systems, and human health and development, particularly in low resource settings and/or with communities experiencing health inequalities related to food insecurity and food systems. Poor nutrition is a major driver of chronic diseases and has a major impact on inequalities in morbidity, mortality, and economic well-being locally and globally; disparities in access to healthful food have major long-term implications for human development and health across the lifespan. A public health approach to nutrition and food must go beyond individual eating and nutrition, and focus on the economic, systemic, and structural factors that affect access to healthy food. For example,
  • Research on federal food and nutrition programs (SNAP, WIC, School Meals) as well as the broader national safety net (EITC, Child Tax Credit), and how these policies impact the availability of food, dietary intake, and diet-related chronic disease.
  • Studies of the agricultural sector such as farm to community, food sovereignty, food value chains and the impact on human nutrition and health.
  • The investigation of how our food system contributes to major societal problems including climate change and how the build climate resilience into the food system.
  • Healthcare policy change and systems level approaches to food as medicine.

    For these reasons, we are particularly interested in researchers with expertise in implementation science who study the scaling and integration of evidence-based interventions for promoting population health in the broad domain of nutrition and food systems.

    This position is designed to be a broad search at the intersection of human nutrition and population-based strategies to transform food systems and improve population health. This search is strongly aligned with Berkeley Public Health and campus priorities on climate change, given that food production, consumption and waste are a major driver of greenhouse emissions. Climate change has major implications for agriculture and food systems that affect nutrition and equal access to healthy foods. The new faculty member would be a core member of the Public Health Nutrition team and would serve as a bridge to the Berkeley Food Institute and the UC Nutrition Policy Institute, in addition to contributing to teaching in the Graduate Certificate in Food Systems.

    Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are core values of UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values, particularly those of anti-racism. We are particularly interested in scholars with a commitment and track record of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the realms of research, teaching, and/or service. At Berkeley, we recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors and embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. The Bay Area is also at the forefront of social and health equity innovation and justice. We are committed to creating an anti-racist culture that promotes and values diversity in racial, gender, sexual, and other identities. The School of Public Health is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. We encourage applicants who identify as underrepresented in science to apply.

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