Faculty Recruitment - Assistant Professor of Nutrition & Neurodevelopment


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Job #JPF01229

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 13th, 2016

Next review date: December 3rd, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: June 30th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Neurodevelopment. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track position that includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Department of Nutrition is seeking applicants who focus on the impact of nutrition on neurologic development, cognitive and socio-behavioral outcomes. Maternal and child nutrition are key determinants of brain and cognitive development, impacting human health and future economic potential. Nutritional inputs and the environmental exposome influence early human development and behavioral outcomes. Preferred qualifications include expertise in nutritional biology, metabolism and mechanisms of brain development or function with evidence of ability to translate research findings to the human condition. This position will have an emphasis on understanding physiologic processes underlying nutritional modulation of brain development, cognitive functions and human behavior, using interventional and observational approaches in humans and animal models. The candidate will be expected to develop a research program that focuses on the influence of nutrition on the human brain, cognition and behavior. This faculty member is expected to collaborate with faculty in Nutrition and in the Human Development and Family Studies unit, within the Department of Human Ecology, to carry out interdisciplinary research.

The appointee is expected to have a record of excellence in scholarly research and to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues focused on the links between the biologic inputs of nutrients and human brain development and function. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses such as Recommendations and Standards for Human Nutrition (NUT 111B) and will develop a cross-listed course in nutrition and human development. Contributions to core or elective graduate courses are expected in nutrition and human development. Mentoring of graduate students, undergraduate student advising, and curricular development are integral parts of the position. Development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position will work with Cooperative Extension academics and other appropriate public stakeholders.

The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental colleagues who have expertise in signature areas including cellular and integrative metabolism, developmental and life-span nutrition, and international and community nutrition with a focus on maternal and child health. Areas of departmental focus include studying mechanisms and effects of foods and food components on health and disease risk; as well as implementation and evaluation of food-based interventions and education and their impact on individuals, society and policy.

This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA



  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research - accomplishments
  • Statement of Teaching - accomplishments and philosophy
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.
  • Publications - up to three
  • Transcripts - if applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree
  • Statement of future research plans relevant to nutrition


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