Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-ASFMOLENUT [#19712, WDR-00028029]
Position Title: Associate/Full Professor Molecular Nutrition - Division of Nutritional Sciences
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Medicine
Biology / Molecular/Cell Biology
Immunology (more...)
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

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Molecular Nutrition

Division of Nutritional Sciences 

Cornell University

The Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) at Cornell University invites applications for a 9-month, full-salaried, tenure-track position at the rank of associate or full professor. We seek experienced candidates who are outstanding research scientists with demonstrated research excellence in molecular nutrition. Candidates may have disciplinary expertise at the intersection of nutrition and molecular biology, genetics/genomics, biochemistry, metabolism, physiology, immunology, or a related field.

We are seeking internationally known creative scholars who are recognized as leaders in their discipline and interested in advancing the understanding of the connection between nutrition and health. Commensurate with rank, research excellence should be demonstrated by an active, externally funded research program as well as by a substantial record of publication in recognized peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level and thrive in an interdisciplinary setting.  

The Division of Nutritional Sciences

The Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University is among the largest academic units in the United States devoted to human nutrition and is distinguished by its multidisciplinary faculty. The mission of DNS is to  advance  discovery in basic disciplines and to promote the health and wellbeing of populations in the U.S. and globally. The scholarly activities in DNS include research, education and translation, and extension and outreach. These activities integrate knowledge across the physical, biological, and social sciences to address important questions related to nutrition and health, food systems, and social and institutional environments and governmental policies related to nutrition and human health. The multidisciplinary environment supports faculty who work across the Division’s 4 programmatic foci of  Precision Nutrition, Lifecycle Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Systems, and Social and Behavioral Nutrition. The DNS undergraduate program consists of four majors (~750 students in total) and a University-wide minor in Global Health. The Nutritional Sciences and Global and Public Health Sciences majors are offered in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and in the College of Human Ecology (CHE), the Human Biology, Health and Society major is offered in CHE, and the concentration in Nutrition in the Biological Sciences Major is offered in CALS and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Division is home to the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities program, which leads the New York State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (NYS EFNEP) delivered through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) system.  DNS is the administrative home for the Cornell Graduate Field of Nutrition and the Graduate Field of Epidemiology and currently has two NIH-sponsored training grants to support pre- and post-doctoral trainees. DNS is also the only nutrition-focused World Health Organization Collaborating Center in the US and is an Affiliate Center in the Cochrane US Network. 

Academic Environment at Cornell University
Cornell is a major Land Grant research and teaching institution established in 1865 with both endowed and state‐assisted units. The student population on the Ithaca campus is approximately 5,350 graduate/professional students and more than 14,000 undergraduates. Cornell offers a strong, interdisciplinary research environment, and has ongoing campus‐wide investments in Radical Collaborations that seek to leverage our uniquely collaborative environment to advance the areas of genome biology, infection biology, data science, nanoscale science, molecular engineering, humanities and arts, social sciences, sustainability, and digital agriculture. Other Cornell programs and initiatives include Center for Vertebrate Genomics, the Academic Integration Initiative that seeks to strengthen linkages among Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, NY.

The candidate is expected to have:

  • A PhD, ScD, DrPH, MD/PhD or equivalent degree in nutrition or in a discipline related to nutrition, such as (but not limited to) biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, genetics, metabolism, systems biology, medicine, physiology, and immunology 
  • Demonstrated research excellence and scholarship related to nutrition and human health, in the broadest sense, should be central to the candidate’s research program
  • Commensurate with rank, demonstrated research excellence supported by a record of publication (in recognized peer-reviewed journals and/or books) in the field and a strong history of externally supported research
  • An interest in building academic linkages within DNS program areas, and with other departments and centers throughout the University 
  • Interest in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level


The candidate is expected to:

  • Maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program
  • Maintain a high level of scholarly activity
  • Mentor graduate students
  • Forge professional relationships within the Division of Nutritional Sciences and other academic units on campus
  • Participate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences’ graduate and/or undergraduate teaching programs.

Academic Rank and Compensation:
This position is a 9-month, full-salaried tenured position at the rank of associate or full professor. The open rank position is designated as 50% effort in research, 50% in teaching/instruction.  The Division has long had a leading national and international role in research, teaching and public engagement broadly related to human nutrition, and leadership opportunities exist and can be tailored to the background and interests of the successful candidate. Salary level will depend on experience and expertise and will be competitive with comparable positions at peer universities.

Applicants must apply through Academic Jobs Online at and upload a cover letter, CV, research statement, a teaching statement, and a statement of diversity. Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted through Academic Jobs Online.

Review of applications will begin in late October 2021 and will continue until this position has been filled.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Cornell University
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853