Assistant Professor - Nutritional Sciences

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Assistant Professor - Nutritional Sciences

Date Posted: 01/30/2023
Closing Date: 04/18/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 28809
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Dept of Nutritional Sciences
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position in the area of nutritional sciences. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1st 2023 or shortly thereafter.

The successful applicant must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree with a focus in Nutritional Sciences, Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, or related discipline at the time of application. Completion of post-doctoral studies or equivalent would be an asset. Further, the successful applicant will have expertise in the area of public health nutrition and/or public health policy or public policy as they relate to nutrition. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research in these areas at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence of an internationally competitive caliber, as evidenced by publications in leading journals in the field, presentations at significant conferences, accolades or awards, a research plan and strong endorsements by referees of high international stature.

Additionally, candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching, as well as a commitment to mentorship. We are particularly interested in candidates whose background would facilitate delivery of an innovative practical course. Evidence of excellence in teaching can be demonstrated through awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, facilitation of workshops, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, and sample course syllabi and workshop outlines.

In addition to research and teaching, the successful applicant will also be expected to perform standard professional and administrative activities typical of an academic unit.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Nutritional Science is committed to improving nutritional health across the life cycle, striving for equity - locally and globally - through collaborative research, contributions to policy and practice, and teaching that cover the spectrum from -omics to population health. The Department makes a significant contribution to nutritional sciences undergraduate education, predominantly to students registered through the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Department has robust MSc and PhD graduate programs, and contributes to teaching in the MPH in Nutrition and Dietetics program offered through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In collaboration with the Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, faculty in the Department have made important new contributions to the incorporation of nutrition into the medical curriculum, and post-graduate medical education through the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. The research interests of the Department range from basic science to clinical investigation and population health, spanning four core research platforms: healthy human development and aging; precision nutrition using – omics approaches; chronic disease prevention and treatment; and nutrition, food, and public policy.

The University of Toronto provides the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most culturally diverse and safe cities in the world. The University of Toronto likewise ranks annually as one of the best public universities in the world and as the premier university in Canada. The University is affiliated with nine fully affiliated hospitals and research institutes and 27 affiliated community hospitals and health care sites and institutions, and enjoys partnerships with many cognate departments and community organizations. For more information about the Department of Nutritional Sciences, including its 2021-2026 Strategic plan, please visit our home page at

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as research activities or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applicants must submit the following: a cover letter; current curriculum vitae; proposed research plan (2 pages); sample publication; teaching dossier including a teaching philosophy/statement, sample syllabi, or workshop outlines; and a statement of contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility (1-2 pages).

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted. Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Deborah O’Connor, Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 11:59 pm EDT on April 18, 2023.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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