Faculty Position in Nutrition Data Science The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
Open Rank – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Contract, Tenure-Track or Tenured Research and Teaching Appointment
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (http://www.nutrition.tufts.edu) is a leader in domestic and international nutrition and food systems teaching, research and policy. The Friedman School benefits from world-class, interdisciplinary faculty, a remarkable network of alumni and supporters, and global reach. The Friedman School is actively growing and recruiting faculty across several multidisciplinary areas, including the present position; nutrition, obesity, and diabetes; climate change, sustainability, and food systems; and behavioral interventions.
In this international open search, the Friedman School seeks a faculty member with expertise in Big Data and advanced analytics to provide new dimensions and strategies to better understand the role of nutrition in a modern society, inform and monitor behavioral change, and to build an integrative inter-sectoral knowledge platform in nutrition science and policy. We seek applicants capable of conceptualizing and conducting research that explore the development and adaptation of computational methods and models for ‘big data’ in nutrition. This could include the development and applications of a wide range of technologies and research methods, simulations and computational modeling, and the development and utilization of large datasets. Timely monitoring and data gathering can be used to both measure and motivate behavior taking advantage of emerging mobile sensor-based technologies. These advances hold promise for the easy collection of enormous amounts of data that could be used to prevent and more effectively treat nutrition related conditions at both the individual and population level.
Candidates are expected to bring and further develop a vigorous externally-funded research program, to consult and assist in relevant study design, sampling methods, implementation, and data analysis, visualization, and management, to develop new analytical, computational and statistical tools relevant for nutritional research.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach 2-3 advanced graduate level courses per year, to advise graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels, to supervise doctoral dissertations and engage in University and professional service. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven record of scholarship and research interests that offer opportunities for collaborations with faculty across the Schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is a contract, tenure-track or tenured position to be offered at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Professor. Salary, start-up package, and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience. The starting date is negotiable. A record of independent research and publications with external financial support is expected. A candidate’s areas of focus should complement the Friedman School’s existing strengths in research and teaching programs. For further information about the Friedman School, visit our website: http://nutrition.tufts.edu.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy distinguishes itself by its breadth of scholarship in nutrition research, education, and public impact: from cell to society, food security to healthy aging, individuals to policy, and health to sustainability. We bring together biomedical, interventional, social, public health, economics, and food systems scientists to conduct work that leads to a healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable food supply for populations throughout the world. Our hallmarks are the interdisciplinary focus, integrative nature, and translational impact of our education and research programs, which complement the intellectually rich environment across Tufts, a “Research Class 1” university and top-25-ranked undergraduate institution. Tufts University, a recognized premier university, is home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses with a culture of cross-school partnerships. Tufts University prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skills in positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Located in downtown Boston on the Health Sciences Campus, Friedman School faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, including with faculty within the Friedman School and the Tufts USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, School of Dentistry, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, and the multiple other colleges and universities in Boston, nationally, and worldwide.
Questions about the position should be addressed to search committee chair Elena Naumova, tele. (617) 636-2927. Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and objectives, and contact information for three references through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/47203. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, and thus, women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Tufts University prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field, which may include computer sciences, statistics, epidemiology, or other related fields, and demonstrate the understanding of nutrition and public health sciences.
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About Tufts University
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1981 with the mission of bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community-service programs to improve the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world.