Institution (Location)
The Pennsylvania State University
Start Date
July 1, 2018
Position Description

The Department of
Nutritional Sciences seeks applications for an investigator in the science of
ingestive behavior at the level of associate or full professor. The successful
candidate will be an established scientist who is dedicated to advancing the field
of ingestive behavior through innovative research, and with a record of
external funding. 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.


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 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. Candidates should emphasize any prior experience with
obtaining or managing training grants. 

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

The successful candidate
will be appointed as an associate or full professor in a tenure track
position.  S/he will be expected to maintain an extramurally-funded
research program and 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. We are seeking a highly motivated
individual with strong research and teaching experience. A doctoral degree
(PhD, MD and/or equivalent) is required and being an RDN is advantageous.
Qualified candidates should provide evidence of original research published in
peer-reviewed journals and the potential to obtain external support for their
independent research program.  Applicants should also have demonstrated proficiency
in both teaching and mentoring students.

How to Apply

To apply, interested
candidates should complete an on-line application ( and upload (1) a letter of
application (2) along with personal statements addressing interests and vision
in both research and teaching; (3) curriculum vitae along with (4) the names,
titles and complete contact information for three professional references who
may be contacted. All application materials must be uploaded via the online
application portal – do not send them 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 protected]).
Please indicate "Ingestive Behavior" in the subject line, and cc:
Julie Brenneman (
[email protected]).

Review of applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  A desirable
start date is July/
August 2018
Salary is competitive, commensurate with background and experience.  An
attractive benefits package is available.

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