Assistant Professor - Nutrition Scientist in Behavior Change

University of California, Davis
UC Davis
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
October 02 2019
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Assistant Professor - Nutrition Scientist in Behavior Change

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 with a preferred emphasis in applications of behavior change and nutrition education approaches for health promotion. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Faculty members who hold an Agricultural Experiment Station appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the Land Grant University. This position includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).

The Department of Nutrition is seeking applicants that focus on education, programs, or systems that influence personal and public health nutrition. Research into understanding the dynamic interrelationships among individual, community, and societal factors is critical to developing new behavior change and communication methods to promote health. Areas of inquiry include elucidation of factors influencing personal nutrition decisions, application of behavioral theories in nutrition program evaluations and interventions, use of new modes of communication for health information and behavior change, and culturally sensitive interventions to address nutrition disparities. These require a strong nutrition science background with disciplinary expertise in community nutrition, consumer economics, nutrition policy, or cultural nutrition applied to domestic programs. This translational science position will generate evidence to improve the implementation of effective community-based programs for youth and adults as well as develop and evaluate strategies for communicating evidence-based recommendations for nutrition. This position will be able to interface with nutrition faculty who work internationally with similar issues surrounding behavior change, and will complement basic science research interests with applied research approaches. This research area closely aligns with the signature area of community nutrition and core department mission to advance nutritional biology and translation to improving human health through research, education, and outreach.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in behavioral and community nutrition to address critical or emerging societal issues in behavior change and nutrition education. The appointee will be responsible for undergraduate and graduate teaching of two to three courses each year, contribute to curricular development, and provide undergraduate and graduate student advising and mentoring. The appointee will be responsible for teaching a required undergraduate course NUT 111B (Recommendations and Standards for Human Nutrition) and to teach an elective such as Nutrition Education, Nutrition Journalism, or Nutritional Anthropology. Graduate teaching is expected and may involve a course on adult learning and advanced strategies for nutrition behavior change. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders.

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

Applicants should submit materials via the following website: Additional inquiries can be directed to Dr. Carolyn Slupsky, Professor of Nutrition, Recruitment Committee Chair; . The position will remain open until filled but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2019.

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.

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