Institution (Location)
Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas, Department of Healthy Living
Start Date
January 21, 2020
Position Description


Faculty:  Non-tenure track. 9-months, 100% salary from non-grant funding. Can supplement income with grant funding to cover salary for summer months.


The Texas A&M Center at Dallas seeks a public health scientist for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with expertise in the areas of public health nutrition, active living, and the prevention of obesity and chronic disease research. Areas of particular interest to the Center include health equity, behavioral risk factors, and use of mobile health technologies. Researchers will develop and participate in NIH-funded (as well as other federal, state, and foundation funding) intervention and dissemination/implementation studies. The Center welcomes applications from highly collaborative scholars who possess and apply expertise in these areas to a wide range of health outcomes, behaviors, and settings. Successful candidates will play a role in a multi-disciplinary program of research on behavioral risk factors for chronic disease including obesity, physical inactivity, and poor diet quality. 


The Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas houses scientific research, public outreach, and education programs. The Center is a regional hub for Texas A&M AgriLife activity. It is one of 13 AgriLife Centers across the state – each focusing on issues specific to their region. Initiatives at Dallas hinge on healthy living, urban agriculture and forestry, and water and land resource management. Healthy living programs at Center implement, evaluate, and disseminate scientific solutions, applicable to all Texans, for increased public health. We aim to understand the means of building communities around healthy living and about increasingly effective, wide delivery of the latest information for a healthier Texas. A new state-of-the-art building for healthy living initiatives is under construction at the renovated urban campus in Dallas.


Texas A&M AgriLife is a diverse organization that supports healthy living for all Texans through the research of targeted agricultural practices that yield nutritious food sources, outreach programs that train community members on growing their own food, and preservation of natural resources via eco-friendly means, all while following practices that lead to a stronger Texas economy. Overseen by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife includes the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities will include an active role in both collaborating on and leading independent research, including project/program conceptualization and development. The successful candidate will maintain a portfolio of externally funded research proposal development to extend current programs and develop additional innovative, relevant programs, including integration of state of the science mobile health technologies into community-based interventions and dissemination research.  The overarching objective of the Healthy Living work at the Dallas Center is promote the health and wellness of all Texans, particularly the most underserved and unreached populations, and to reduce healthcare costs and the burden of chronic disease through the integration of research and extension outreach and engagement.  Successful candidates will align their contributions and professional research goals to help achieve this objective. 


Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)



Strong writing, public speaking, and presentation skills

Ability lead as well as to function as a strong collaborator on a multidisciplinary team

Highly organized

Professional demeanor

Ability to multi-task and establish effective working relationships

Knowledge and understanding of the mission and role of the Land Grant University System


Required Education/Experience

Ph.D. in related field (e.g. public health, epidemiology, nutrition, exercise physiology)

Excellent research background, as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals, grant funding, and stature appropriate for a full-time faculty appointment


Preferred Education/Experience

At least 5 years conducting research

At least 5 years developing and designing community intervention and/or dissemination research

Experience developing research-based programs and conducting research in the following areas: underserved populations; minority and urban health; food systems; community-based health behavior interventions; D&I research;  and/or the integration of technology into community outreach and research

Experience working with Extension, community partners and/or public health affiliated agencies

How to Apply


Applicants must apply at:


Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt.


Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer




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