The Department of Nutritional Sciences seeks applications for an investigator in the science of ingestive behavior at open rank (Assistant, Associate or full Professor). The successful candidate will be a highly promising new investigator (Assistant Professor) or an established scientist (Associate Professor or Professor) who is dedicated to advancing the field of ingestive behavior through innovative research. Applicants should have academic training in nutrition or a related discipline (e.g., physiology, neuroscience, food science, biobehavioral health, psychology, public health, bioinformatics) and have demonstrated expertise in ingestive behavior. Applicants for Associate Professor and Professor must have demonstrated success in obtaining significant extramural funding relevant to this area.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences provides a supportive environment for interdisciplinary translational research spanning applied and basic sciences. The National Research Council ranked Penn State’s Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (GPNS) among the nation’s best doctoral programs in nutrition. The Department includes approximately 23 full-time faculty. Academic programs include an undergraduate major, an online masters program leading to the MPS degree, and the GPNS leading to the PhD.
Penn State has a long history of excellence in ingestive behavior and the successful candidate will complement existing expertise in this area. Currently funded studies focus on satiety, neuroscience, eating and feeding behavior across the lifespan, energy balance, physiology related to behavior, flavor perception, behavioral genetics, and behavioral interventions. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong research and teaching experience. We plan to work with the successful candidate to leverage our strengths and recent successes in obtaining funding to enhance training in ingestive behavior at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels.
Collaborative opportunities abound not only in the Department of Nutritional Sciences but also in other departments in the College of Health and Human Development and across the university (i.e. the Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Medicine). Use of interdisciplinary approaches is considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to develop collaborations with faculty in other units (e.g. the Huck Life Sciences Institute, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, the Social Science Research Institute, the Methodology Center, and the Childhood Obesity Center).
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The successful candidate will be appointed as Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in a tenure track position, commensurate with experience. They will be expected to maintain an extramurally-funded research program and to have demonstrated proficiency to teach in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching and service expectations will be appropriate to Penn State’s mission as a land grant university. To apply, interested candidates should complete an online application and upload: a letter of application stating his/her qualifications for the position; a personal statement addressing interests and vision in both research and teaching; a current curriculum vitae; the names, titles and complete contact information for three/four professional references who may be contacted. All application materials must be uploaded via the online application portal (do not send via email). All other inquiries about the position can be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Barbara J. Rolls, PhD, Professor and Occupant of the Helen A. Guthrie Chair (email@example.com). Please indicate "Ingestive Behavior" in the subject line, and cc: Julie Brenneman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A desirable start date is July/August 2019. An attractive benefits package is available.
A doctoral degree (PhD, MD and/or equivalent) is required. Applicants for Assistant Professor should have completed their doctoral degree and have a demonstrated record of research publications and presentations, research funding and/or postdoctoral experience. Applicants for Associate Professor or Professor should have well-developed research programs and evidence of success in obtaining extramural support. We are looking for outstanding research expertise as well as excellent potential to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Research that makes excellent use of the breadth of facilities and resources at Penn State is highly desirable. Desired strengths may include one or more of the following: an interdisciplinary research focus; experience with more than one model (i.e. ingestive behavior research in both children and adults; integration of basic and applied research approaches; and translation of animal models to human studies); and significant experience with training grants and/or other mechanisms of student support.
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