Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Neurodevelopment

Sep 22, 2016 Brenda Chriss
The Department of Nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis
Application period Sep 19, 2016 04:15 PM to
Dec 03, 2016 11:55 PM
Where Nutrition
Contact Name
Contact Phone 752-6697

Title:  Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Neurodevelopment. The Department of Nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting a faculty member with a preferred emphasis on mechanisms of nutrition and environmental influences on brain development and function. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to California communities and stakeholders, and the land-grant mission ( ).


The Department of Nutrition is seeking applicants whose research focuses on the impact of maternal and child nutrition on brain development, cognition and function, using interventional and observational approaches in humans and animal models. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in nutrition and development. The appointee will be responsible for teaching two undergraduate courses, such as Recommendations and Standards for Human Nutrition (NUT 111B) and/or an interdisciplinary course in nutrition and human development.  Contributions to graduate courses are expected. The candidate will participate in the interdepartmental Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology (GGNB) and be engaged in mentoring of graduate students, undergraduate student advising, and curricular development. Interdisciplinary work with Human Development faculty in the Department of Human Ecology is expected. This position is one of two in the departments of Nutrition and Human Ecology allocated to advance interdisciplinary approaches to the integrated field of nutrition, behavior and human development.  Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is required. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension academics and appropriate stakeholders.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in nutrition or a field related to nutrition. Post-doctoral experience is strongly preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in nutrition.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience within the Assistant Professor rank at the University of California.

Department and Campus:

The mission of the Department of Nutrition at UC Davis ( focuses on the creation, development and distribution of basic and applied knowledge related to nutrition, with a scope extending from the molecular to the policy levels. Signature areas include cellular and integrative metabolism, developmental and life-span nutrition, and international and community nutrition with a focus on maternal and child health. Areas of programmatic focus are 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.

The Davis campus of the University of California maintains state-of-the-art research facilities. The collegial nature of the faculty encourages and supports collaborative interactions that may cross department and/or college boundaries. The appointee will have access to wide-ranging infrastructure resources and many collaborative opportunities within the department and with colleagues in campus units such as the UC Health Systems (Medical and Public Health Sciences and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing), the MIND Institute, the Center for Mind and Brain, the Center for Neuroscience, the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center.


Application materials must be submitted via the following website:  The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 3, 2016.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to nutrition, 7) statement of contributions to diversity and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Christine Stewart, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair, Department of Nutrition, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA  95616, (530) 752-6697, [email protected] .

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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.

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Sep 19, 2016 04:15 PM to
Dec 03, 2016 11:55 PM



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