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Tenured/Tenure-Track: Open Rank


Nutrition

Location
College Station, Texas
Open Date
5/14/2021
Position ID
87194
Description

The Department of Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for up to four full time tenured/tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions with a nine month academic appointment beginning spring semester 2022.  Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The department seeks individuals who demonstrate expertise in how diet influences biological mechanisms relevant to the mechanistic understanding and prevention of chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, cancer, aging and inflammation-related disorders. To meet the needs of the emerging field of precision nutrition, the department has an interest in building on its strengths in the basic sciences and expanding its translational and applied nutrition research. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise that complements/synergizes with the strengths of the department and advances the initiatives of precision nutrition.

Responsibilities: Candidates are expected to develop and maintain competitive, extramurally-funded research programs, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition, and contribute to academic service.

About the Department: The Department of Nutrition, https://nutrition.tamu.edu/, as an administrative unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, http://agrilife.org/, within the Texas A&M University System, has a diverse and dynamic mission with 14 faculty, 29 graduate faculty and 27 staff members. The Department and Texas A&M University both value and encourage diversity in all forms.  Texas A&M University has a variety of programs and networks to support both professional and person success of its faculty.  The Department is a leader in the discovery and dissemination of nutrition knowledge, as well as nutrition education to students, Texans, and beyond.

Academic Programs.  The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees within the disciplines of Nutrition. Our programs prepare future leaders for academic, industry or government positions through rigorous didactic programs, internships, and experiential learning activities.

Research.  The Department’s faculty lead in the discovery of new knowledge, develop innovative technologies, and form strategic alliances that provide high quality nutrition, promote health and quality of life, and prevent chronic diseases. The current research faculty in the department are well-funded by various competitive national grants.

Extension.  The Department provides food safety and nutrition education outreach to underserved-populations and the general public in Texas to improve health and well-being, and to reduce the risk of nutrition related diseases.

About the University: Texas A&M University, the only institution in the state to hold Land, Sea and Space Grant status, is a Tier I research university committed to strengthening its diversity. Enrollment at TAMU is approximately 71,000 students, of which 15,000 are graduate and professional students; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences includes 15 departments and over 300 faculty.

About the Community: The University is located in College Station, which combined with the twin city of Bryan, forms a metropolitan community of approximately 275,000 people with high-quality amenities and a low cost of living.  In addition to excellent health, education, and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including sports, museums, music, art and theatre. The College Station-Bryan area is also centrally located between Texas’ major metro areas including Houston, Dallas-Ft Worth, Austin, and San Antonio.

Professional EnvironmentThe Department of Nutrition was established in 2020 as part of a strategic restructuring of expertise to facilitate programmatic growth in key areas within Texas A&M University (TAMU). Information on the Department and its programs can be found at https://nutrition.tamu.edu. TAMU serves as the flagship for ten universities in the TAMU system. A number of Centers, Institutes and large interdisciplinary programs provide specialized core facilities and access to clinical populations. These resources include the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Research, Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society, Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine, Center for Biological Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry Collaborative Core, Texas A&M Institute for Data Sciences, Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing Center, DeBakey Heart Institute, among others.

Qualifications

Qualifications:  Requirements include a Ph.D. in nutrition, public health, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, genetics, or other related fields. The potential for research productivity and grantsmanship should be apparent in the application. Preference will be given to individuals with postdoctoral experience, demonstrated expertise, and a desire to participate in multidisciplinary research programs.

Application Instructions

Application Process:  Interested individuals should submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research interests and goals, 4) statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and 5) contact information for at least three references through http://apply.interfolio.com/87194.  Review of applications will begin on or around June 1, 2021. Queries should be directed to Dr. Yuxiang Sun (email: Yuxiang.Sun@TAMU.edu; tel: 979-862-9143), chair of the search committee. 

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability employer committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore has a Dual Career Program and implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.