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Job ID: 112069

Associate/Full Professor
University of Arizona

Date Posted Sep. 11, 2018
Title Associate/Full Professor
University University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, United States
Department Department of Nutritional Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2019
  • Associate Professor
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
    Health Sciences - General

The Department of Nutritional Sciences invites applications for a 9 month, tenure eligible, full salaried Associate/Full Professor position supporting the Precision Wellness Initiative in emerging areas at the University of Arizona, including aging, brain (cognitive) health, and inflammatory/metabolic diseases. The position’s duties will consist of 80% research and 20% instruction.

The revolutions in genomic, epigenomic, metabolomic, imaging, information, and data science technologies have provided extraordinary opportunities to advance population wellness and optimize treatments, lifestyles and preventives for individuals. The Precision Wellness Initiative at the University of Arizona is designed to enhance research, education training, and service programs that use these advanced tools, and technologies to discover how genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors (such as diet, social factors and exercise) impact individual health. The ultimate goal of this Initiative is to discover and impart novel data-driven approaches and competences to personalize human disease prevention thereby promoting wellness throughout the human life span.

Research: Candidates for this position are expected to have research experience and interests in precision nutrition and health as it relates to aging, brain health, or inflammatory/metabolic diseases. They are also expected to have a strong background and expertise in data-driven science with a special emphasis on omics-based translational research. Candidate qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in nutrition science, genetics, genomics, physiology, pharmacology, or cellular/molecular medicine or a related discipline, high research productivity, a record of success in obtaining external funding, experienced teaching in omics-based technologies, precision nutrition/wellness and/or precision health. Additional research strengths and skills considered include:
- research experience developing nutritional and preventive interventions, prognostic indicators, and physiologic/structural/behavioral in vivo measurement systems for human diseases
- research experience on the effect of nutritional/lifestyle in preserving brain health, cognitive function and maintaining neuroplasticity thereby impacting the progression of aging and enhancing healthy aging.
- research experience in planning and implementation of integrative projects analyzing data from large-scale studies and model systems designed to examine the genetics, proteomics, and metabolomics of human diseases
- experience in scientific leadership roles within multi-disciplinary groups conducting clinical trials and/or observational studies
- sophisticated knowledge of and experience using public and proprietary bioinformatic databases for annotation of multi-dimensional results leading to inference on factors and processes acting in disease pathogenesis or pathophysiology
- experience in analysis of large-scale data sets integrating findings on genetic and epigenetic variation with those on environmental/lifestyle factors that may act as effect modifiers or disease predictors/correlates
- familiarity with emerging applications of machine learning/computational modeling techniques

The Department of Nutritional Sciences currently has 15 full-time faculty members who have secured more than $5 million in federal funding for research and education projects for the past 3 years. The Department also supports 12 MS and PhD level Lecturers/Assistant Professors of Practice. The graduate program is interdisciplinary and trains MS and PhD students, with research and teaching assistantships provided during early program years. Support for graduate students also includes a USDA National Needs Fellows grant.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

Teaching: Contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in following areas: precision health; omics-based translational research including nutrigenomics/nutrigenetics; inflammation, and metabolism; natural history, etiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology of age-related and inflammatory/metabolic diseases; natural bioactives; development of new undergraduate and graduate programs in precision health and disease prevention; other teaching according to expertise and need. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to:

- Establish and maintain an externally-funded and internationally-recognized research program in precision health/nutrition for health promotion and disease prevention. The program is expected to be interdisciplinary and build upon existing collaborations across colleges and centers of excellence.
- Maintain a strong, peer-reviewed publication record.
- Mentor graduate students in the department of Nutritional Sciences.
- Participate in the instruction of upper level undergraduate and/or graduate courses.
- Serve on department, college and university level committees as required

The University of Arizona is the state’s premier research university-ranking among the top 20 of public research universities nationwide-and recently received a $43 million NIH grant as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. The University of Arizona is unique in its support of the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health on the same campus. This provides excellent opportunities for collaboration and interaction with University faculty among these Colleges, as well as the Bio5 Institute for Collaborative Bioresearch and several Centers of Excellence: Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine, the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Sarver Heart Center, Arizona Arthritis Center, Steele Children’s Research Center, Center on Aging, and the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

The University of Arizona also provides outstanding facilities and services, with more than 60 research cores and shared services supporting interdisciplinary research, including the Genetics Core and Genomics shared service, the Functional Genomics Core facility, the Arizona Proteomics Consortium and multiple imaging/visualization, computing, bioinformatics and biostatistics cores. Faculty and staff appreciate the University of Arizona’s collegial and inclusive culture, and its commitment to diversity and shared decision making. Members of the University community enjoy a competitive benefits package, a nationally recognized work/life program, innovative leadership development initiatives, generous tuition reductions for employees and their dependents, and family-friendly options such as paid parental leave. Arizona is a spectacular setting, perfect for outdoor recreation. Learn more about the University of Arizona and Tucson at Why UA ( The more you learn about the University of Arizona, the more you’ll want to join our community.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

  • At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness

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  • Rickie Simpson, Ph.D.
    Department of Nutritional Sciences
    University of Arizona
    1177 E. 4th St
    Tucson, AZ 85721


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