Assistant Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences


The Department of Nutritional Sciences seeks applications for a tenure-eligible, Assistant Professor in Nutritional Epidemiology with a focus on applied human nutrition research involving health disparities in socially disadvantaged populations. This position is part of a cluster of hires in health disparities in the College of Health and Human Development ( The Department and the College consider research on health disparities to be of high priority for improving health in diverse populations. This position will complement 4-5 other faculty hires across 4 departments to facilitate the use of multidisciplinary approaches. The applicant’s research may focus on any of a wide range of human nutrition issues related to national and/or international health disparities. Applicants should have academic training in nutrition or a related field and have demonstrated research expertise in epidemiology, bioinformatics and/or metabolomics related to nutrition. The use of interdisciplinary methodologies and/or experience with the analysis of large datasets will be considered an asset. The National Research Council ranked Penn State’s Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences among the nation’s best. The Department has 24 full-time faculty and 27 research scientists. Current enrollment in the undergraduate program is 273 students, and there are 34 PhD candidates. The Department provides a supportive environment for interdisciplinary translational research spanning applied and basic sciences. Collaborative opportunities abound not only in the Department of Nutritional Sciences but in other departments in the College of Health and Human Development and in other Penn State colleges. The successful candidate will be appointed as an assistant professor in a tenure track position. S/he will be expected to establish an extramurally-funded research program and to teach in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. 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 credentials. A doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, MD and/or equivalent) is required and being an RDN is advantageous. Qualified candidates should have had postdoctoral training and 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 experience that demonstrates proficiency in both teaching and in mentoring students. To apply, interested candidates should complete an on-line application and upload (1) a letter of application with a personal statement addressing interests and vision in research and teaching; (2) curriculum vitae along with (3) the names, titles and complete contact information for three professional references who may be contacted. Please address materials to Nutritional Epidemiology Search Committee and direct questions or informal inquiries to the search committee chair, A. Catharine Ross, PhD, Professor and Occupant of the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair ( Please indicate "Epidemiology/Health Disparities" in the subject line of email correspondence and cc: the message to Julie Brenneman ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088