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Position TitleAssistant Professor in NutritionJob Posting Number202065FACJob LocationSan MarcosDepartmentSchool of Family & Consumer SciencesPosition DescriptionThe School of Family and Consumer Sciences (SFCS) invites applications to fill two 9-month (academic year) tenure-track positions with possible summer teaching.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses; developing new nutrition courses; conducting nutrition research; obtaining external funding; publishing in peer-reviewed journals; involving undergraduate and graduate students in research; and participating in appropriate service activities. Collectively, this position includes teaching, scholarship, and professional service.

The successful applicant for one position will use biochemical or molecular approaches to explore the role of diet or diet-derived compounds in tissue culture and preclinical rodent models related to, but not limited to, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, or cancer. Research areas focusing on the effect of diet and diet-derived compounds on epigenetics, the microbiome, and behavioral neuroscience are also welcome.

The successful applicant for the other position will use community-based or translational approaches in areas including, but not limited to, how nutrition relates to human growth and development, physical performance, health behaviors in the prevention or treatment of diet-related chronic diseases.

The program currently offers a baccalaureate degree in nutrition and foods (3 tracks, including dietetics); an accredited Dietetic Internship with a concentration in pediatrics and a focus on food security that includes graduate coursework ( ) and master’s degree in human nutrition (

Texas State University, a Hispanic-Serving Institution with Emerging Research status, is located in central Texas between two large metropolitan areas, Austin and San Antonio. Proximity to Austin and San Antonio allows for a diverse and expansive Nutrition and Foods Program with 50 graduate students and 12 dietetic interns. The Nutrition and Foods programs are housed in the Family and Consumer Sciences building containing state-of-the-art research facilities equipped with labs for community nutrition, biochemical nutrition and anthropometry, and a new comparative research facility. The School of Family and Consumer Sciences (SFCS) mirrors Texas State University’s values of student-centered teaching and learning, diversity, and sustainability. Interdisciplinary health research unites faculty across campus including faculty from SFCS. The SFCS is located across the street from the Student Recreation Center and in close proximity to on- and off-campus walking paths. Faculty are encouraged to join the free, university-wide wellness program, WellCats.

Required QualificationsEducation
Earned Ph.D. in nutrition or complementary health-related field (with evidence of at least 18 graduate hours of coursework in nutrition. Note: Ph.D.s in Food Science and Food Biotechnology will not be considered.)

Experience teaching nutrition science at the university level.

Clearly defined research agenda
Experience conducting research related to one or more of the following areas:
• The role of nutrition, i.e. diet and diet-derived compounds, in the prevention and/or treatment of obesity and chronic diseases, including pre-clinical, clinical, community-based and translational research
• Biochemical and molecular nutrition
• Nutrition and epigenetics
• Nutrition and the microbiome
• Nutrition and neuroscience
• Community or public health nutrition
• Health equity or health disparities related to nutrition
• Policies, systems, and environmental influences on nutrition
• Maternal nutrition and fetal/child development/nutrition

Experience publishing in indexed and peer-reviewed journals in nutrition.

Preferred QualificationsResearch
• Professional or post-doctoral experience in nutrition research
• Research experience using murine models (for position one)
• Evidence of external funding
• Grant writing experience
• Graduate and undergraduate student mentoring in research
• Research awards

• Experience as a lecturer or lab instructor
• Graduate and undergraduate student mentoring in professional development and in facilitating acceptance for jobs, fellowships, master’s or doctoral programs
• Teaching awards

• Registered Dietitian credential
• Undergraduate degree in nutrition

Application ProceduresReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered,

To ensure full consideration, please submit the following by February 15, 2020: a current curriculum vitae that includes relevant graduate courses in nutrition, a letter of intent describing experience and fit with the position, a statement of research interests and goals, and the email addresses of three individuals who will provide references.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts from all degree-granting universities.

Proposed Start DateFall 2020Open DateReview Date02/15/2020Close DateOpen Until Filled?YesLegal NoticesTexas State University, to the extent not in conflict with federal or state law, prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

Why Work at Texas State?Texas State University is home to more than 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty members in the growing Austin-San Antonio corridor. A member of the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie classification, the university creates new knowledge, fosters cultural and economic development, and prepares its growing population of diverse students for the endless possibilities that await them as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Bolstered by research with relevance and innovation in creative and scholarly work in a full range of academic disciplines and a spirit of inclusiveness, Texas State seeks outstanding candidates for a variety of faculty positions.

Quick Link DocumentsRequired Documents
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- List of References

Optional Documents
- DD 214/DD1300
- Veteran's Preference

Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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