Assistant Professor, Neuroscience of Eating Behaviors

VIrginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
December 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Adaptive Brain and Behavior

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Neuroscience of Eating Behaviors


Virginia Tech Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute



Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding plasticity of the brain and its resultant manifestation as adaptive behavior by building trans-disciplinary teams and employing state-of-the-art technologies to address related themes and questions in the areas of decision-making, physical and psychological trauma and development across the lifespan. Discoveries made in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area ( will have an impact on key health, economic, and social issues confronting our region, country and the world, including performance, wellness, and treatment of brain/behavior disorders, resilience, and health policy. ABB research will be paired with an innovative curriculum introducing students to principles of the brain-behavior relationship and its impact on community, health and the human condition. VT has already made and will continue to make substantial investment into these areas to transform the university into a national and international destination area for scientists, students, and inventors interested in ABB.

As part of this initiative, we are recruiting multiple tenure track faculty members in ABB, including one at the assistant professor level in the neuroscience of eating behaviors. Areas of particular interest for this recruitment include, but are not limited to factors that influence decision-making in the context of food choice, the design and evaluation of innovative weight management strategies in children and/or adults, and the development of interventions to improve adherence to nutritional behavior change. Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided.  The faculty member will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators with similar research interests.  This position will have an academic tenure earning appointment (calendar year 12 month) in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (, with the faculty member physically located in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI - within the institute’s Center for Transformative Research in Health Behaviors (CTRHB - in Roanoke, Virginia. The CTRHB and the FBRI provide intellectually vibrant and technologically advanced environments that include 21 ABB research teams, state of the art human neuroimaging facilities and behavioral testing facilities.

Applicants should have an earned doctorate, postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated record of research excellence in some aspect of the neuroscience of eating behaviors with strong potential for developing an innovative research program that already has or is likely to attract sustained extramural funding and should be able to collaborate with other faculty members in the CTRHB, the FBRI and the Department of HNFE. In addition to a primary mission of high quality research, it is expected that the faculty member will also contribute to the educational/training mission by contributing to graduate teaching and mentoring as well as supervision of undergraduates and medical students in their research projects.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. The institute currently has 28 research groups, over 300 research and support team members, and a grant portfolio of over $125M.  Faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the HNFE graduate program ( and the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath graduate program (

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in February, 2019. To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments, and statement of instructional interests and teaching/mentoring philosophy at, posting # TR0180208. Also, have at least three references post their letters of support to the same site.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded.  Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT ( - serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.


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