University of Connecticut, Nutritional Sciences

Position ID:UConn-Nutritional Sciences-495682 [#19867, 495682]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor in Nutritional Immunogenetics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Nutrition
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/09/30, finished 2022/05/09, listed until 2022/03/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time (50% research and 50% teaching), tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2022. 

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized and federally funded research program; produce high-quality publications; collaborate with interdisciplinary research and outreach teams, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of immunology, nutrigenetics, or nutrigenomics; advise undergraduate and graduate students; and provide academic and professional service. 

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is one of eight academic units within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and offers instructional programs leading to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Nutritional Sciences, and an online M.S. degree in Personalized Nutrition. Research programs include molecular and biochemical mechanisms of nutrient action and metabolism, bioactive food components and prevention of chronic diseases, clinical nutrition, community-based research, particularly with at-risk populations, and nanotechnology for biodelivery of bioactive components in food, and provide excellent collaborative opportunities for integrated research. Personalized/Precision Nutrition is one of the strategic areas of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. A faculty hired in Nutritional Immunogenetics will be expected to provide expertise to support teaching and research in this area. The Department of Nutritional Sciences has exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with investigators, particularly in STEM disciplines, at UConn Storrs and UConn Health. For further information, please visit the department website (

CAHNR has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs in the years 2020-2025. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the advancement of one or more of the CAHNR’s four strategic priorities. 

  • Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply 
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally 
  • Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces 
  • Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate 
  • Dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist policies, practices, and norms

The CAHNR Strategic Vision ( provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related areas of emphasis. 

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


Ph.D. or equivalent in nutrition, genetics, immunology, or closely related discipline; proven research productivity; demonstrated potential for establishing an independent, extramurally-funded research program in Nutritional Immunogenetics (for applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor) or evidence of extramural support for research (for applicants at the rank of Associate Professor); ability to teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students; effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity; and postdoctoral or equivalent research experience.


Demonstrated experience in using genetic research tools including, but not limited to, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) analysis; research emphasis on nutrients or bioactive food components; ability to synergize with faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences and facilitate interdisciplinary interactions with other University investigators, including those at UConn Health; and commitment to contributing to the College’s Strategic Vision. 


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of 08/23/2022. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus.   Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A start-up package for research is available. 


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Sample journal articles or books/book chapters;
  • Names and contact information for at least three references;

For the statements below please include how your professional accomplishments in research/teaching/extension outreach will contribute to the College’s success in achieving its Strategic Vision.

  • Research and scholarship statement up to 2 pages (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement up to 2 pages (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion statement up to 2 pages (including broadening participation, integrating culturally-sustaining approaches in instruction and research, promoting equity through scholarship and community engagement, and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.).

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Ji-Young Lee (email For full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by January 31, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
Roy E. Jones Building,
27 Manter Rd., Unit 4017
Storrs, CT 06269