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Faculty Position in International Nutrition

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Michigan State University invites applications for an associate or tenured full professor, academic-year (9-month) faculty position to provide leadership in solving problems at the interface of global food security, nutrition, and human health. This position is part of MSU’s Global Research Initiative, and an emerging initiative in the area of International Nutrition.

The focus of this position is to link aspects of food security and nutrition to global health and welfare (economic and human development). A MD or Ph.D. in International Health, International Nutrition, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Food Science, or a closely related discipline is required. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

This individual will conduct research focused on nutritional status of at-risk populations worldwide: health risks that may result from either undernutrition or over-nutrition (or both), and determinants of nutritional status in global communities. The focus may be on a variety of diverse topics, including but not limited to: child growth as a function of early nutrition, maternal nutrition and impacts on birth outcomes, nutritional impacts on infectious disease outcomes, the interaction of nutrition and hygiene, and the role of nutrition in the immune system.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide visionary leadership to efforts on this campus to unite international nutrition to global health; by developing a robust, collaborative, externally-funded research program (e.g., NIH, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), advising graduate students, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses and curriculum development in the candidate’s primary department.

As the premier land gant University, Michigan State University has strong related programs across the spectrum of food and health, and is committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health. Opportunities exist campus-wide to collaborate with faculty engaged in various aspects of food, nutrition, and human health, including the new Quantitative Health Science and Engineering Institute.

Moreover, MSU has one of the strongest international programs of all universities in the United States, with multiple projects related to nutrition and health in all parts of the globe. MSU is the lead institution in two USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs (Legume and Food Security Policy), the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations (GCFSI), and the BHEARD (Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development) program for students from around the world.

The highly collaborative and productive faculty provides a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. Online application is required via MSU’s online job application website (position #2059). 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 January 1, 2016 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the positions are filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Hannah Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Search Committee, Felicia Wu (fwu@msu.edu).

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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