Institution (Location)
University of Houston
Start Date
August 1, 2015
Commensurate with experience
Position Description

Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Nutrition/Obesity
Studies.  The Department of Health and
Human Performance at the University of Houston is seeking a nutrition/obesity
studies specialist (broadly defined) with demonstrable academic skills for an Assistant
Professor position.  The position is a
9-month appointment with Summer school teaching optional. Effective date of appointment
will be August, 2015.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and
maintain a vigorous scholarly research program that will foster acquisition of
external funding, generate high-quality research publications and enhance
graduate student recruitment and training. Additional responsibilities include teaching
graduate and/or undergraduate courses in nutrition or obesity studies (broadly
defined), and perform service to the department, college, university and the

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

A Ph.D. in nutrition, psychology, exercise science,
sociology, demography or any related biological, behavioral, or clinical
science is required. Applicants are sought who can both complement and expand
existing research capabilities within the department’s expertise, as well as
applicants who can collaborate with individuals across the University’s departments,
colleges, and centers, such as the Texas Obesity Research Center. In addition,
the successful candidate will demonstrate potential to engage in cooperative
research projects with other social-behavioral scientists, and with medical,
community and governmental agencies located in Houston and nationally. Applicants
are required to (i) demonstrate potential to attract external funding related to
nutrition, obesity, or health that strengthen/broaden our current research
areas, (ii) show a consistent record of disseminating scholarly work through
publications in high-impact journals and presentations at major scientific
meetings, and (iii) display a commitment to university-level teaching and
mentoring at both undergraduate and graduate level.  Preference will be given to those individuals
who have expertise in community-engaged research in underserved urban areas,
prevention/intervention science, and those who have strong statistical skills. Preferred
attributes also include a minimum of one year post-doctoral training.  

How to Apply


Cover letter
describing your (a) qualifications and interest in the position, (b) evidence
of scholarly impact, (c) history of external funding and future plans for
acquiring funding, and (d) teaching philosophy,


Three letters
of recommendations, and

Copies of all
academic transcripts:

Dr. Daphne C. Hernandez

Chair, Nutrition/Obesity Studies Search Committee
Department of Health and Human Performance

3855 Holman Street
Houston, Texas 77204-6015
[email protected]


Review of application materials
will begin no earlier than January 2nd, 2015 and continue until the position is


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