Assistant Professor - Human Nutritional Microbiologist
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Internal Number: 81703
Requisition Number: F_220179
Department: Food Science & Technology-0836
Description of Work:
The Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is seeking applicants for a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor position in human nutritional microbiology with an emphasis on dietary fiber, the gut microbiome, and effects on human health. The successful candidate will have a tenure home in the Department of Food Science and Technology and may have courtesy appointments in relevant departments at UNL such as Nutrition and Health Sciences as well as special appointments within the College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
The incumbent will be expected to develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program that focuses on the roles of different dietary fiber types, interactions of fiber with the gut microbiome, and effects on health and disease predisposition. The translational research program should emphasize human clinical studies as a primary mode of scientific inquiry but may also use pre-clinical animal models and laboratory science.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Nebraska Food for Health Center are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.
The incumbent will be expected to participate in collaborative research projects to study various dietary components emerging through NFHC's research platform. NFHC is a partner with the Paustian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center (PIBDC) at UNMC, and the successful candidate will also be expected to participate in collaborative human clinical studies with PIBDC investigators as they relate to dietary fiber and the gut microbiome in Inflammatory Bowel Disease populations. The incumbent will participate in designing and conducting treatment-based studies with multiple outcomes that incorporate analysis of biomarker data and/or high-dimensional data/phenotypes.
The successful candidate will join a well-established and highly interdisciplinary gut biology team within NFHC studying health and disease outcomes in relationship to dietary modulation and the gut microbiome. It is expected that the incumbent will integrate into the existing team at NFHC as well as establish new disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams that connect with stakeholders, agency or industry partners to strengthen research programming. The incumbent will be expected to effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research programming, mentor graduate students, publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities.
The incumbent will be expected to average 0.20 FTE teaching as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines and to provide instruction on behalf of the home unit and CASNR in courses in nutritional microbiology and related areas. Development and delivery of a graduate course on the role of fiber in human nutrition with an emphasis on chronic disease predisposition is possible. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on academic unit need. As an effective scholar and citizen of a land-grant institution, the incumbent will support the integrated mission of NFHC as well as the home unit (e.g., Department of Food Science and Technology) and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and creating scholarly, innovative, and high-impact learning programs and tools. Other responsibilities will include serving on departmental, university, and professional committees.
As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
PhD or equivalent degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Microbiology, or related field.
Registered Dietician Nutritionist certification.
Demonstrated potential to lead human clinical studies.
Demonstrated expertise in designing and conducting treatment-based studies with multiple outcomes that incorporate analysis of biomarker data and/or high-dimensional data/phenotypes.
With over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a diverse educational insitution with international stature. The intellectual center for the state of Nebraska and beyond, we are a land-grant, top tier national research-extensive insitution. Part of the Big Ten conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance, our mission includes growing relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives.