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Assistant Specialist in CE in Community Education, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Date Posted: October 19, 2021
Closing Date: December 1, 2021

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ASSISTANT SPECIALIST IN COOPERATIVE EXTENSION IN COMMUNITY NUTRITION
Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis

The Department of Nutrition, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of community nutrition. The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge regarding nutritional biology and the translation to improving human health, and to implement and evaluate nutrition interventions and programs for their impact on individuals, society and policy. A Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) is being recruited to conduct original applied research using innovative approaches and new technologies resulting in information that can be applied toward improving the lives of Californians with emphasis on those at highest risk of food insecurity, diet-related chronic diseases and obesity; and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to toward various clientele (e.g., individuals of all ages, families and communities) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to campus- and county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of community-based nutrition programs, policy-systems-environment change approaches, and innovative solutions for food-related challenges affecting diverse Californians. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty. 

Responsibilities: This is a full time, career-track appointment that includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Nutrition and ANR. The focus of this position will be on community nutrition. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in nutrition and food-related health challenges, nutrition programs and recommendations, strengthening linkages between agriculture-foods-nutrition and policy, food literacy and communicating nutrition science to the public.  By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledgeable partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.  Advising and mentoring of graduate students is expected.

Expectations include:  Extension Teaching, Applied Research, and Professional Competence and Activity.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in nutrition or other closely related discipline, with post-doctoral or work experience is required. The successful candidate must have a record that documents productivity in research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and potential to secure extramural research funding. 

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Appointment Date:  Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or soon after April 1, 2022. 

Applications:  Applications should be submitted on-line at : https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04506

Applicants should submit:  curriculum vitae including publication list statement of research and extension interests and goals; a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation; copies or links to recent relevant publications; statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion and names, addresses including e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2021. 

Additional inquiries should be directed to Recruitment Advisory Committee chair Dr. Christine Stewart, cpstewart@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.