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Knoxville, Tennessee

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December 1, 2023






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Job Description and Eligibility Requirements

The Department of Nutrition, in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking a nine-month, tenure-track assistant professor whose research interests are broadly related to diet and chronic disease using a nutritional biochemistry, nutritional physiology, or clinical nutrition framework. This candidate will contribute to the translational focus of the department, bridging preclinical, clinical, and clinical implementation research. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and service. The position begins on August 1, 2024.

The candidate who fills this position will be expected to engage in high-impact scholarly research, to seek external funding to support this research, and to mentor departmental graduate students. This faculty member will also be expected to provide excellent teaching in graduate and undergraduate classes, and to engage in institutional and professional service.

This 9-month, fulltime (1.0 FTE), position begins August 1, 2024. Starting salary is commensurate with experience. UTK has a competitive benefits package, and 9-month tenure-track faculty are eligible for summer salary. UTK is Tennessee’s flagship land grant university and is currently in the midst of unprecedented growth in enrollment, with approximately 35,000 enrolled students. The University is also a Carnegie Foundation Research (R1) University with highest research activity and has achieved a Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Forbes Magazine recently ranked UTK as one of the best places to work in the US, including a ranking of ninth among public higher education institutions in the United States.


The successful candidate for this position must have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in Nutrition or a related field by the start of employment. Required qualifications include a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, along with evidence of the ability to develop an innovative research program supported by external funding. The candidate should also have a willingness to engage in collaboration within and outside of the department, and have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Postdoctoral work, a research focus that includes obesity, being a registered dietitian nutritionist, or university teaching experience are preferred.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit electronically at a letter of application, curriculum vita, and list of three references who can address the applicant’s leadership capabilities with complete addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Questions can be directed to Ahmed Bettaieb, search committee chair, at 865-974-6267.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.