Associate or Full Professor of Ingestive Behavior

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences


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. The Department of Nutritional Sciences provides a supportive environment for interdisciplinary translational research spanning applied and basic sciences. The National Research Council ranked Penn State’s Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences among the nation’s best. The Department has 23 full-time faculty and 23 research scientists. Current enrollment in the undergraduate program is 240 students, and there are 34 PhD candidates. 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. Collaborative opportunities abound not only in the Department of Nutritional Sciences but also in other departments in the College of Health and Human Development and across the university (i.e., the Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Medicine). The use of interdisciplinary approaches is considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to develop collaborations with faculty in other units (e.g., the Huck Life Sciences Institute, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, the Social Science Research Institute, the Methodology Center, the Childhood Obesity Center). 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. The College of Health and Human Development enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduates and 350 full-time graduate students at University Park. The College includes eight academic units and several research centers and service units. For more information about the College, visit: Founded in 1855, Penn State is one of the most comprehensive public institutions in the nation with approximately 46,600 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students enrolled at University Park, the administrative and research hub of the University. The University and surrounding community enjoy a lively performing arts calendar, an array of intercollegiate sports, excellent on-campus childcare, and superb public schools. 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 ( Please indicate "Ingestive Behavior" in the subject line, and cc: Julie Brenneman ( 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.

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