Assistant Professor - Neurobiology of Eating Behaviors
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech
March 1, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute’s Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors at Virginia Tech seek an outstanding individual with expertise in the neurobiology of eating behaviors. This academic year (AY), tenure-track assistant professor position will be 70% research and 30% instruction. Areas of research focus could include but are not limited to factors that influence decision-making in the context of food choice, the design and evaluation of innovative weight management strategies in children and/or adults, and the development of interventions to improve adherence to nutritional behavior change. Individuals with thriving funded research programs that use animal and/or human models to define the neurobiological influences on eating behaviors, fMRI, and behavioral and electrophysiological techniques with potential for clinical translation are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal applicant will have the experience and expertise to develop a nationally recognized research program in neurobiology and health behaviors in HNFE, but will also interact extensively with an already existing collaborative network of neurobiologists within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Science, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Carilion Clinic.
Preference will be given to applicants who can work with interdisciplinary teams and foster collaborations with existing faculty conducting clinical and translational research. This includes researchers poised to support ongoing university initiatives including the Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-brain.html) and the new Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute’s Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (CTRHB) (https://ctrhb.vtc.vt.edu/).
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area. The Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area is focused on the transdisciplinary study of brain plasticity particularly as it pertains to decision-making, physical and psychological trauma, and healthy development across the lifespan. Faculty are working together in this area to build understanding of the brain-behavior relationship in health and the human condition to enhance resilience and well-being in the world’s diverse communities.
RESPONSIBILITIES The candidate is expected to: • Develop a nationally and internationally recognized extramurally-funded research program to complement and expand research programs in HNFE, CALS, and the CTRHB. • Teach 1-2 undergraduate/graduate courses per year in an area related to expertise. • Recruit and mentor graduate students. • Participate in advising and service/outreach activities.
• Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, nutrition, or a closely related field • Post-doctoral training • Demonstrated ability to publish high quality, refereed publications • The ability to work independently and collaboratively on research with others • Demonstrated potential for obtaining extramural funding • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Commitment to quality student education
• Active extramural funding • Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align with Virginia Tech’s university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on Adaptive Brain and Behavior.
Internal Number: TR0170224
About Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech
Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech (http://www.vt.edu /) is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s nine colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Southside, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.
The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise has 30 faculty dedicated to teaching and mentoring over 1000 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. Our faculty have received over $10 million in extramural funding over the last 5 years from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and industry. The Department is home to the Expanded Food and Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program Education (SNAP-Ed) which is funded by the United... States of Agriculture. Many of our faculty are members of the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors and are affiliated with the Translational Obesity Research and/or Water for Health Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs.
Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (www.cals.vt.edu ) has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life science industries make significant strides in improving people’s lives. Today’s College is adapting to society’s expectations and needs by focusing its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for devastating and debilitating diseases. Nearly 3,000 students are pursing degrees in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The College has 12 academic departments, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) and a presence in every county in the Commonwealth through Virginia Cooperative Extension. Today, in addition to two-year associate degrees, the college grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Virginia Tech and Carillion Clinic have partnered to develop the Virginia Tech-Carillion School of Medicine and Research Institute. Carillion Clinic, headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia is an integrated multispecialty clinic consisting of nearly 500 physicians within an integrated group practice dedicated to excellence in patient care, medical education, and translational research. Within Carillion Clinic is a robust primary care regional network spanning 72 sites across all of southwest Virginia. Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is an 835 bed tertiary academic medical center serving southwest Virginia and beyond. Carillion has another seven hospitals, a multi-state clinical laboratory, and a complement of outpatient centers. Carillion serves as the medical hub for southwestern Virginia with over 1,400 licensed beds, annual hospital admissions of 52,000 and approximately 1 million combined patient visits per year. The Virginia Tech-Carillion School of Medicine and Research Institute (http://research.vtc.vt.edu/ ) provides many collaborative opportunities for conducting translation research. In addition, there is approximately 7000 sq. ft. of clinical research facilities which are in close proximity to Carillion Clinic and clinician collaborators.