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Faculty Position in Lipids, Nutrition and Health

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Michigan State University invites applications for an Assistant/Associate/Full Tenured Professor, academic-year (9-month) faculty position to provide leadership in solving problems at the interface of dietary lipids and health. The role of lipids in human health and disease is taking center stage. In the last decade, technology has advanced allowing global studies of lipid metabolism. This position is part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative, and an emerging initiative in the area of Food, Nutrition and Health.

The ideal candidate will have strong evidence of a commitment to research focused on how nutrition and lipid transport, storage, metabolism and signaling, impact conditions such as inflammation, autoimmunity, obesity and its associated complications, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, infection and cancer. The candidate will have ample opportunities to utilize specialized analytical techniques such as multi-dimensional mass spectrometry-based shotgun lipidomics, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), and computational approaches to manage chemical feature identification, metabolic pathway analysis, and fluxomics. Utilizing this expertise, it is anticipated that the candidate will establish a robust research program integrating high-throughput quantitation of thousands of lipid metabolites to ultimately reveal the underlying mechanisms that impact the diet-disease interface.

A Ph.D., DO, DVM or MD in Nutrition, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Physiology or a closely related discipline is required. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to provide visionary leadership in efforts on this campus to unite research in nutrition with existing programs in chronic disease by developing a robust, collaborative, external federally-funded research program, recruiting new faculty, advising graduate students, publishing in high-tier peer-reviewed journals and teaching in the candidate’s primary department.

As the premier land grant University, Michigan State University has strong related programs, and is committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health. MSU is highly collaborative and productive; faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. MSU is home to numerous institutionally supported core facilities, providing expertise and equipment in areas including, but not limited to in vivo exposure and model development, digital histopathology, drug discovery, high resolution in vivo image and microscopy, metabolomics and proteomics.

Opportunities exist campus-wide to collaborate with faculty engaged in various aspects across the spectrum of food and health including the Center for Health Impacts of Agriculture, Center for Mitochondrial Science and Medicine, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety, Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Gene Expression in Development and Disease focus group, Institute of Cyber-Enabled Research, Institute for Integrative Toxicology, Neuroscience Program, Molecular Metabolism and Disease Program, and the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program.

Online application is required via MSU’s online job application website (position #2601). Applications should include a cover letter, CV, statement of research plans, and a one-page teaching statement, all in a single PDF file. In addition, four letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically through this application system. Applications received by March 1, 2016 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the positions are filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Chair of the Search Committee Dr. James Pestka.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A member of the Association of
American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.






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