Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine
Department:60150000 - AG-FOOD SCIENCE / HUMAN NUTR

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 30% 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.  Tenure will accrue in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her research program.  


Duties:  The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, 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.

Teaching contributions will expand availability of required upper-division, undergraduate courses for Nutritional Sciences (NS) and Dietetics majors, allowing multiple sections of smaller sizes to be taught. Graduate teaching by the candidate will add needed electives to the Interdisciplinary Nutritional Sciences Doctoral program curriculum and allow for additional PhD student enrollment. This position is essential to maintain the strength of the NS and Dietetics programs in the department, which are highly ranked nationally.

Possible courses to be taught by the successful candidate:

            Undergraduate courses: Nutrition and Disease, Nutrition and Metabolism (both required)

            Graduate courses:An elective to be added to the NS doctoral program curriculum.

The research focus of the candidate should have some relevance to the nutritional sciences such as: nutrient metabolism, nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, nutritional physiology and pathology, genetics of nutrient utilization or a related field. Current research in the department spans from molecular and biochemical nutrition, to human dietary nutritional interventions, to clinical and community nutrition. A successful research program includes writing proposals to extramural agencies, securing funding, publishing results in high impact journals, presenting results at meetings and conferences, mentoring graduate students and engaging in professional development activities related to research and scholarship. In addition, the candidate is expected to chair and serve on graduate committees, supervise thesis and dissertation research, supervise undergraduate research, and publish the results with his/her graduate students.   

Research collaborations are encouraged. Extensive opportunities for collaboration exist within the greater UF campus, and many current faculty in the FSHN department have fruitful collaborations with individuals in a wide of array of departments and colleges at the University of Florida. Opportunities for research collaboration exist within IFAS and across campus, particularly with the Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions, Health and Human Performance, and Veterinary Medicine.

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.

Background Information:

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a large, interdisciplinary unit within IFAS, and is comprised of three undergraduate majors:  Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, and Food Science. The 30 faculty conduct research, teaching and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including trace element transport, food safety and microbiology, pre- and pro-biotics, obesity prevention and treatment, phytochemical characterization, fruit and juice processing, micronutrient metabolism 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 ( ).

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Nutritional Sciences or a closely related discipline (i.e. Physiology, Biochemistry, or Biomedical Sciences) is required.  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. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral experience is desirable.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, including research publications, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by January 10, 2018. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


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 # 505222

Prof. James F. Collins

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

359 FSHN Building

PO Box 110370

579 Newell Drive

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, 32611-0370


Office: (352) 294-3749; Cell: (352) 682-7592



Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Application
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above.  The cover letter should also include a statement of the applicant’s Teaching Philosophy.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3-4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts


Final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


Health Assessment Required: No

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