Assistant Professor

Gainesville, Florida (US)
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
April 14 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

 Assistant Professor

 Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

University of Florida

 Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
 Gainesville, Florida

Duties and Responsibilities

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The candidate is expected to have expertise in human nutrition and metabolism (or related fields), and to develop or continue a strong research program focusing on nutrition-related health and disease. Research that utilizes artificial intelligence is a plus. Teaching will include graduate-level courses in macro- or micronutrients and an undergraduate laboratory course. The candidate is expected to develop online and in-person courses. The candidate is encouraged to participate in and lead seminars. The faculty member will be expected to participate in undergraduate education and advising, chair graduate committees, serve on other graduate committees, supervise thesis and dissertation research, and supervise undergraduate and postdoctoral research and publish with their graduate students. Tenure will accrue in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. The candidate will acquire contract and grant funding to actively support their programs. The successful candidate is encouraged to engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in nutritional sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, and procurement of extramural funding. The successful candidate should have relevant experience, demonstrating a strong publication record, superior accomplishments, and the ability to develop and sustain an extramurally funded research program. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Also, previous university- or college-level teaching experience will be considered a plus but is not absolutely required.  

Background Information:

Strengths in Nutritional Sciences at UF include micronutrient research, molecular nutrition, human metabolism, and physiology. The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a unit of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The department has approximately 30 full-time faculty members including a significant group of federally funded researchers with a rich history of national research awards. The graduate program enrolls over 80 M.S. and Ph.D. students in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, and Food Science. The doctoral program in Nutritional Sciences is interdisciplinary and includes a number of faculty from different departments across campus ( The undergraduate student enrollment in Food Science and Human Nutrition is over 500, with three majors in Nutritional Sciences, Food Science and Dietetics. Within walking distance are superb opportunities to participate in basic and translational research with the UF Diabetes Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and collaborate with faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Health and Human Performance, Public Health, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Center for Nutritional Sciences sponsors a vibrant seminar series.

The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (, the College of Veterinary Medicine (, the Florida Sea Grant program ( ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a large, interdisciplinary unit within IFAS, and is comprised of three undergraduate majors:  Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Dietetics.  Thirty faculty conduct research, teaching and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including micronutrient metabolism, phytochemical nutrition, diet and immune function, pre-and pro-biotics and many other areas.  Graduate level programs are competitive and provide the opportunity for graduate student mentorship.  Please consult the departmental webpage for additional information at

Employment Conditions

This position is available after August 16, 2021 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 71845

James F. Collins, Ph.D.

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Food Science and Human Nutrition

P.O. Box 110370

Gainesville, FL  32611

Telephone:                               352-682-7592

Electronic Mail:            

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit the following documents:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above.
    • The University of Florida is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are thus requested to also include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts



Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.