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Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $97,500 -$120,100, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: September 19, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Dec 3, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition with a preferred emphasis in nutritional biology and human research interventions in health and disease. 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 California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Participation in outreach programs and performance of University service are also expected.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in clinical nutrition to address critical or emerging issues in nutrition and dietetics, with focus on human nutrition interventions to promote health and mitigate disease risk. The appointee will be responsible for teaching two to three courses each year, contributing to curricular development, and providing undergraduate and graduate student advising and mentoring. The appointee will teach Nutrition 116BL (Clinical Nutrition Practicum) for senior undergraduate dietetics students in our ACEND accredited program. Additionally, they will develop 1-2 new graduate courses in clinical nutrition and health promotion for master’s level students. 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.

The department is seeking applicants with expertise in human clinical trials, which may include nutrition assessment, monitoring and evaluation of dietary intervention effectiveness in a variety of physiologic conditions, health outcome biomarkers and health equity. Examples of relevant conditions include obesity, diabetes, kidney, gastrointestinal, cardiometabolic, and/or neurodegenerative diseases. The appointee is expected to possess a strong clinical nutrition and dietetics background in mechanistic or translational human nutrition research that will advance the field of precision health and improve nutrition recommendations for diverse populations. Research should be closely aligned with a key departmental focus on mechanisms and biomarkers of health and disease, in addition to the 2020-2030 NIH Nutrition Research Strategic Plan goals of defining the role of nutrition across the lifespan for healthy aging and reducing the burden of disease in clinical settings.

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

Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research Accomplishments and Interests and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications demonstrating sufficient potential based on this review will be advanced to full review.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Professor, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, and Acting Professor of Law through Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for these faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for these faculty positions will be subject to reference checks.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in Nutrition or closely related field, and credential as Registered Dietitian (RD or RDN) at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Post doctoral and professional dietetics experience preferred.
• Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in the discipline of Clinical Nutrition.
• Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through extension education, research, and/or service would be a plus.
o Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness, contributions, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences.
• Willingness and interest to advise undergraduates.
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students.
• Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to the objectives of a land-grant university and the Agricultural Experiment Station including mission-oriented research and a substantive outreach engagement programming.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publication list.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of research accomplishments and future research plans - relevant to clinical nutrition (maximum 5 pages)

  • Statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy - (maximum 3 pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested (maximum 3 pages).

  • Publication 1 - A PDF copy of the publication or full-text link.

  • Publication 2 - A PDF copy of the publication or full-text link.
    (Optional)

  • Publication 3 - A PDF copy of the publication or full-text link.
    (Optional)

  • Transcripts - Transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree.
    (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Information - The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Professor, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, and Acting Professor of Law through Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for these faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for these faculty positions will be subject to reference checks.
    https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

The names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF06025

Help contact: eevilleda@ucdavis.edu

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Job location

Davis, CA