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Assistant Professor - Extracellular Vesicles

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Assistant Professor - Extracellular Vesicles


Nutrition & Health Sciences UNL-1041

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Description of Work:

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites applications for a research (75%), teaching (20%), and service (5%) tenure-track, academic year position at the level of Assistant Professor. The department seeks to add additional strength to its strategic priority areas in human health by hiring a highly motivated individual in the field of extracellular vesicles. We seek a scholar with a strong record in vesicle-, muscle-, and exercise-related research and a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals. The incumbent will become a member of the NIH-funded Nebraska Center for Obesity Prevention (, which offers excellent research support, facilities and a vibrant research environment. Areas of study must include extracellular vesicles, combined with at least one of the following: muscle metabolism, regulation of energy metabolism, vesicle modifications and engineering, microbiome, bioinformatics, and cell signaling as they relate to human health and wellness.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Establish an internationally recognized research program using extracellular vesicle and metabolism approaches to assess and ameliorate disease risk.
  • Develop collaborative research with faculty at UNL and/or other institutions.
  • Seek out interdisciplinary research projects with investigators from UNL’s “Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules” and other centers at UNL or UNMC.
  • Establish an externally funded research program.
  • Publish research findings in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Present research findings annually at scientific national or international meetings, and/or through invited presentations at research institutions.
  • Provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop and teach two courses related to extracellular vesicles, muscle, exercise, obesity, metabolic diseases and metabolism of nutrients and food compounds.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students and serve on graduate student committees.
  • Be available for presentations to professional organizations and the lay public.
  • Serve on department, college, IANR, and university committees.
  • Provide service to professional societies.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biochemistry, biology, nutrition, exercise physiology, or related field.
  • Minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Expertise in extracellular vesicles, muscle and exercise.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Mammalian models and molecular biology techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research in metabolic disease, nutrition, kinesiology or obesity.
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring in the field of metabolism.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job,” complete the information form and attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the position (name, title, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  4. A research statement that describes your experience, philosophy and approach to research (up to three pages).
  5. A teaching statement that describes your experience, philosophy and approach to teaching (up to one page).
  6. A separate statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (up to three pages). See for guidance in writing this statement.
Please note, the statements for items 4, 5 and 6 above need to be combined into one document and attached as “Other Document.”

Candidates wishing additional information are encouraged to contact Dr. Zempleni by email ([email protected]) or contact the office of Nutrition and Health Sciences by phone (402-472-7639).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Dr. Janos Zempleni
[email protected]

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

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9 Month

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As soon as possible


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