Climate Change and Sustainability of Food Production
February 7, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University seeks internationally recognized leaders as candidates for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in food systems, sustainability, and climate change. The rank will commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field (biological or agricultural sciences, economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, or a related field), and demonstrated interest and accomplishment in sustainability of the food system, resilience, and climate change impacts on food and nutrition. The Friedman School is actively growing and recruiting faculty in many multidisciplinary areas, including the present position: global burdens of nutrition-related chronic diseases; community interventions and behavior change; food policy/food marketing, and food systems analysis; and computational methods and models for ‘big data’ in nutrition.
The concept of sustainability challenges society to both adapt to and mitigate environmental change. As food demand increases, and the biological, physical, and economic conditions that underpin the food production system change more rapidly, it is critical to understand how this can alter food production, diets, nutrition, and, associated health outcomes. The Friedman School seeks investigators poised to expand our understanding of the human nutritional consequences of global environmental change, and the environmental consequences of human food demand. It is expected that the successful candidate will focus on policy-relevant research that provides guidance to decision makers in developing a more robust and resilient food system under rapidly changing conditions.
The successful candidate will: develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program; teach 1-3 graduate-level courses per year; advise and mentor diverse graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels; supervise doctoral dissertations; and engage in University and professional service. Generous recruitment resources are available for exceptional candidates, including funding and space to support and enhance the quality and public impact of the successful candidate’s research.
The candidate’s research could include the development and applications of a wide range of research methods, including: modeling of agro-ecosystems; empirical investigation of relationships between human diets, agricultural practices and the natural world; climate impacts on productivity and food security; and epidemiological studies. Preference will be given to candidates who have a global perspective and who have a proven record of scholarship. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop collaborations with faculty at the Friedman School and other schools across Tufts University, including the School of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy distinguishes itself by its breadth of scholarship in nutrition research, education, and public impact: from cell to society, food security to healthy aging, individuals to policy, and health to sustainability. We bring together biomedical, interventional, social, behavioral, public health, economics, and food systems scientists to conduct work that improves the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world. Our interdisciplinary focus and the integrative nature of our nutrition science and policy education and research programs complement the intellectually rich environment across Tufts, a “Research Class 1” university and top-25-ranked undergraduate institution. Home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses, Tufts University prides itself on its culture of cross-school partnerships. Located in downtown Boston on the Health Sciences Campus, Friedman faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of the New England region.
This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is a tenure-track or tenured position to be offered at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Professor. Salary, start-up package, and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate. The starting date is negotiable. A record of independent research and publications with external financial support is expected. A focal areas of the successful candidate should complement the existing research and teaching strengths of the Friedman School. For further information about the Friedman School, visit our website: http://nutrition.tufts.edu.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, and thus, women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Tufts University prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
QUALIFICATIONS Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field (biological or agricultural sciences, economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, or a related field), and demonstrated interest and accomplishment in sustainability of the food system, resilience, and climate change impacts on food and nutrition.
A record of independent research and publications with external financial support is expected. A candidate’s areas of focus should complement the Friedman School’s existing strengths in research and teaching programs.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Applications should be submitted here: apply.interfolio.com/45008
Questions about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Timothy Griffin, PhD, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
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About Tufts University
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1981 with the mission of bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community-service programs to improve the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world.