Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences (Physiology and Metabolism)

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences


The Department of Nutritional Sciences seeks applications for a tenure-eligible, Assistant Professor in Nutritional Sciences with a focus on physiological regulation of metabolism. The successful applicant’s research can be basic using cell and animal models, translational using basic and clinical models, and/or clinical with a focus on human metabolism and its physiological regulation. This position is in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, one of 8 departments in the College of Health and Human Development ( This is a tenure-track research, teaching and service position. Penn State takes pride in faculty who integrate these three domains of academic activity. The preferred research area for this individual is in macro- or micronutrients and physiology, along with integrative metabolism. This position will complement the research of existing faculty, which includes research related to prevention of cardiovascular disease; regulation of ingestive behavior and mechanisms of obesity; studies of diet, physical activity and cancer prevention; research on genetic models of inflammation; micronutrient metabolism in animal models or humans; epidemiology, and/or global health nutrition. The research areas of the successful applicant could include one of the “–omics,” including nutrigenomics, metabolomics, kinetics, and/or systems biology, and would be expected to contribute knowledge related to gene-nutrient interactions, and/or in the area of personalized nutrition/health. These topics dovetail well with core areas of the strategic plans of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the College of Health and Human Development, and Penn State University. The National Research Council ranked Penn State’s Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences among the nation’s best. More information is available at: The Department has 24 full-time faculty and 27 research scientists. Current student enrollments are 273 undergraduate students and 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. Applicants should have strong academic training, including two or more years of postdoctoral research experience, in nutritional sciences, physiology, or a closely related field. A doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, MD and/or equivalent) is required. 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. In particular, teaching responsibilities in the undergraduate and graduate curricula in nutritional sciences and graduate courses in physiology are expected. Service expectations will be appropriate to Penn State’s mission as a land grant university. 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 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 cover letter of application; 2) a personal statement addressing interests and vision (future goals and plans) in a) research and b) teaching; (3) a curriculum vitae along with (4) names, titles, and complete contact information for three professional references who may be contacted. Please address materials to Physiology and Metabolism Search Committee and direct questions or informal inquiries to the search committee chair, Connie J. Rogers, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor ( Please indicate "Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences" 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 $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088