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University of Missouri seeks Assistant Professor In Food And Nutrition

October 01, 2021

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Assistant Professor in Food and Nutrition
Division of Food, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences

Position Summary    
Teaching duties are in Nutrition and/or Food Sciences. The candidate will teach existing courses in Nutritional Science for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as develop new courses that bridge Nutritional and Food Sciences.
Position Description: The Division of Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (FNES) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor. This unique interdisciplinary position is funded through the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR). The University of Missouri is an AAU Research I institution, and one of the most comprehensive universities in the nation. It is expected that this faculty member will develop a collaborative network among his or her new Mizzou colleagues. The position is offered as a nine-month position with a split appointment between teaching and research. A competitive startup package, excellent facilities, and ample opportunities for collaboration across campus and the state underscore the attractive nature of this position.
Research Responsibilities: Strong research areas on campus include obesity, metabolism, cardiovascular disease, food safety, functional and value-added food ingredients, sustainable food processing, and the influence of food on health. Additional areas of research interest range from ingestive behavior to the microbiome, metabolomics, and nutrigenomics. The successful candidate will be expected to provide visionary leadership in food and nutrition research using cutting-edge technologies to investigate the health impacts of food components or dietary patterns.
Potential areas of research may focus on food analyses and new product development, human feeding studies, sensory science connecting neuroscience, measurements of physiologic responses to food, fMRI and other imaging modalities, metabolomics, nutrigenomics, bioinformatics, and precision food and nutrition – all aimed at developing a robust, collaborative, externally-funded research program surrounding food and human health.
Teaching Responsibilities: Teaching duties are in Nutrition and/or Food Sciences. The candidate will teach existing courses in Nutritional Science for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as develop new courses that bridge Nutritional and Food Sciences. She or he will implement an interdisciplinary curriculum crossing departmental boundaries while maintaining a focus on advising and mentoring students in Nutrition or Food Science.
Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in nutritional science, food science, or related fields.  
Candidates will be evaluated on: Postdoctoral or other comparable research experience is required. Evaluation of candidates will be based on a strong promise to obtain and sustain a nationally-funded research program, and excellent written and verbal communication skills for effective teaching and research.
Application: Screening will begin immediately but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit: a letter of interest, current curriculum vita, research statement, teaching philosophy and evaluations if any, names and contact information of three professional references, and educational transcripts via:
Specific inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Professors Elizabeth Parks ( and Azlin Mustapha (
Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at
Diversity Commitment: The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence. Candidates applying for this position are required to provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their former experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the university and how that commitment would add value to Division of Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at (573) 882-4256. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at (573) 884-7278.
University of Missouri, Columbia Campus:
The University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou) is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System and was established in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi. Mizzou is one of the nation's top-tier Research 1 (R1) universities and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). University of Missouri is a nationally competitive, global university and Missouri's largest public research university. Mizzou is one of only five universities nationwide that offers law, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, engineering and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. The Division of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) at the University of Missouri, Columbia has a unique position combining the strengths of faculty and infrastructure from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), the School of Medicine, and the new NextGen Precision Health Institute. The candidate will play a key role in fostering research collaboration between Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Food Science.
Columbia, Missouri:
Columbia is consistently ranked among the top small cities to live in America. A vibrant university town located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia offers low cost of living, is home to nationally renowned public schools, higher education, and excellent health care. University of Missouri Health Care (UMHC) is an academic health care system operated by the University of Missouri System. UMHC includes six hospitals and offers more than 50 primary and specialty clinics. Columbia has easy access to major international airports from Columbia, St. Louis and Kansas City.

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