Assistant/Associate/full Professor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NIH guideline + benefits
October 23 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Endowed Faculty Position in Developmental Origins of Diabetes and Obesity

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, (OUHSC) announces a major gift and new initiative aimed at recruiting researchers interested in fundamental and clinical-translational aspects of early origins of diabetes and obesity during the first 1000 days of life. The HHDC has established a new position supported by a $2 million endowment.  Currently, more than 157,000 square ft. in capital facilities are dedicated to the HHDC, with opportunity for expansion.  Faculty are currently supported by 12 endowed chairs ranging from $1 million to $3 million each.

The position is available at the Assistant/Associate/full Professor level in partnership with clinical or basic sciences at the OUHSC. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program broadly aimed at investigating mechanisms by which nutrition maternal, contributes to developmental programming of disease, at the basic or clinical-translational level in humans.

Applicants should have demonstrated experience with analysis by techniques such as epigenetics, mass spectrometry, or metabolomics to address fundamental questions in their areas of research. Clinical researchers investigating pregnancy and early origins of childhood obesity/diabetes or NAFLD are especially encouraged to apply.  Our current portfolio includes studies in Mouse, Monkey, and Man in the first 1000 days of life.  Areas of focus include:

  • Maternal-Fetal Metabolism: maternal nutrition and breast milk composition; infant stem cells; initiating events in mothers and infants including effects of exercise in humans or animal models.
  • Maternal Nutrition and Developmental Biology: mechanisms for development of insulin sensitivity; adipogenesis; brown fat metabolism; immunometabolism in the offspring.
  • Microbiome Development and Metabolism: mechanisms of progression and prevention; gut development emporal changes in health and disease including Cancer, Diabetes, and Aging.
  • Pediatric Diabetes and NAFLD: liver disease and inflammation, fibrosis, metabolomic interactions; early-phase clinical trials in pediatric NAFLD.
  • Health Outcomes and Prevention in underserved and special populations, with emphasis in American Indian and rural health; diabetes prevention in mothers, infants and families. 

We seek to explore avenues of collaboration between both basic and translational researchers within the OUHSC, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and OU-Norman campus. Research may include both experimental and bioinformatics approaches and will complement or align with existing strengths within the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, the Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging, the Stephenson Cancer Center, or others.

Campus shared resources and cores include: Tissue Banking and Pathology; Biostatistics and Research Design; Mass Spectrometry / Proteomics; DNA Sequencing / Genomics; Flow Cytometry / Imaging; Diabetic Phenotyping; Germ-Free Facility; Non-Human Primates, and Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology Network (NCTN), with robust pilot funding and training grants in diabetes, cancer, gerosciences, and developmental immunology.

Application Instructions:  Applicants must possess a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in a relevant discipline. Preferred qualifications include record of publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should submit cover letters in electronic format (only), stating area of expertise and qualifications, synopsis of professional goals, research interests, curriculum vitae, and e-mail addresses for three references to:

For additional information on this position and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, please visit:

Questions about the positions may be directed to the Director of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, Dr. Jed Friedman at . 

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer .  Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.