Tenure-Track Faculty Positions: The Department of Nutrition invites applications for up to 4 tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions (9-month) for individuals demonstrating expertise in how diet influences biological mechanisms relevant to the mechanistic understanding and prevention of chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, cancer, aging and inflammation-related disorders. To meet the needs of the emerging field of precision nutrition, the department has an interest in building on its strengths in the basic sciences and expanding its translational and applied nutrition research. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise that complements/synergizes with the strengths of the department and advances the initiatives of precision nutrition.
Responsibilities: Tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level are funded by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University. Candidates are expected to develop and maintain competitive, extramurally-funded research programs, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition, and contribute to academic service.
About the Department: TheDepartment of Nutrition,https://nutrition.tamu.edu/, as an administrative unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, http://agrilife.org/, within the Texas A&M University System, has a diverse and dynamic mission with 14 faculty, 29 graduate faculty and 27 staff members. The Department and Texas A&M University both value and encourage diversity in all forms. Texas A&M University has a variety of programs and networks to support both professional and person success of its faculty. The Department is a leader in the discovery and dissemination of nutrition knowledge, as well as nutrition education to students, Texans, and beyond.
Academic Programs. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees within the disciplines of Nutrition. Our programs prepare future leaders for academic, industry or government positions through rigorous didactic programs, internships, and experiential learning activities.
Research. The Department’s faculty lead in the discovery of new knowledge, develop innovative technologies, and form strategic alliances that provide high quality nutrition, promote health and quality of life, and prevent chronic diseases. The current research faculty in the department is well-funded by various competitive national grants.
Extension. The Department provides food safety and nutrition education outreach to underserved-populations and the general public in Texas to improve health and well-being, and to reduce the risk of nutrition related diseases.
About the University: Texas A&M University, the only institution in the state to hold Land, Sea and Space Grant status, is a Tier I research university committed to strengthening its diversity. Enrollment at TAMU is approximately 71,000 students, of which 15,000 are graduate and professional students; the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences includes 15 departments and over 400 faculty.
About the Community: The University is located in College Station, which combined with the twin city of Bryan, forms a metropolitan community of approximately 275,000 people with high-quality amenities and a low cost of living. In addition to excellent health, education, and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including sports, museums, music, art and theatre. The College Station-Bryan area is also centrally located between Texas’ major metro areas including Houston, Dallas-Ft Worth, Austin, and San Antonio.
Professional Environment: The Department of Nutrition was established in 2020 as part of a strategic restructuring of expertise to facilitate programmatic growth in key areas within Texas A&M University (TAMU). Information on the Department and its programs can be found at https://nutrition.tamu.edu. TAMU serves as the flagship for ten universities in the TAMU system. A number of Centers, Institutes and large interdisciplinary programs provide specialized core facilities and access to clinical populations. These resources include the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Research, Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society, Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine, Center for Biological Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry Collaborative Core, Texas A&M Institute for Data Sciences, Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing Center, DeBakey Heart Institute, among others.
Qualifications: Requirements include a Ph.D. in nutrition, public health, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, genetics, or other related fields. The potential for research productivity and grantsmanship should be apparent in the application. Preference will be given to individuals with postdoctoral experience, demonstrated expertise, and a desire to participate in multidisciplinary research programs.
About Texas A&M University - Department of Nutrition
The Department of Nutrition was established upon a rich heritage of Aggie leadership in nutrition and dedicated to expanding the embrace of the Aggie family worldwide. In creating the Department, the state of Texas and Texas A&M University recognized the importance of food choices in living a healthy life. Families, schools, communities, and businesses all benefit when people make nutritious choices as part of a healthy lifestyle. It is important that people have the knowledge to make the right food choices when eating at home and away from home. It is the mission of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science to:
Nutrition is involved in almost all of the processes of human life. The field ranges from discovering the role of citrus limonoids on cell signalling and the development of breast cancer – to the effect of amino acids like arginine on protein metabolism and muscle mass – to the effect of nutrition education programs on glycosylated hemoglobin levels of individuals with diabetes. Indeed, nutrition is central to growing concerns of obesity and severe chronic health diseases.