SCHOOL / CHILDHOOD FOODS AND NUTRITION
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois seeks an expert in school/childhood foods and nutrition to fill a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure track-faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department’s core areas of integrated food, nutrition and health; food safety and security; and food materials science and engineering by pursuing discoveries in the psychosocial, environmental, educational, and technical aspects of school/childhood foods and nutrition programs, policies and practices, including food production, service, and management. The individual will develop an integrated program that evaluates a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply in the school environment, setting the stage in childhood for life-long eating patterns and health outcomes. Disparities in school food systems as related to vulnerable children may be explored.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on school/childhood foods and nutrition. Focus will be on applied sciences and extension of research findings. The successful candidate will teach in related areas, such as undergraduate-level community nutrition or a new course in foods systems, food service leadership, or food/nutrition policy and regulation and graduate-level food systems management or food policy development and implementation, as examples. Service-learning courses are likely, along with partnerships with school food service organizations and school systems. This position will involve research, teaching and service obligations.
SYNERGY WITH CAMPUS EXCELLENCE THEMES AND STRENGTHS: This position is aligned with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ International Food Security @ Illinois initiative that addresses domestic and international food security and safety issues. The successful candidate will be well positioned to collaborate with scientists across campus including the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative, the Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program, and the Family Resiliency Center.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or related discipline. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in nutritional sciences, food science and/or technology, hospitality management, and/or childhood development; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.
SALARY: Competitive salary with benefits and start-up package are commensurate with qualifications.
PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2017; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
APPLICATION PROCESS: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified and the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented populations are especially welcome to apply. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that details suitability for and interest in the position, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at http://go.aces.illinois.edu/FSHNChildHFoodsandNutr. Only applicants with complete profiles will be considered. Questions regarding process may be directed to Ms. Audra Martin, Office Support Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the position to Dr. Nicki Engeseth, Professor and Search Committee Chair (email@example.com).
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