Assistant or Associate Professor of Nutritional Clinical Trials and/or Nutritional Metabolism

Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 11, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Other Specialty
Full Time
Position Type
Academic/Teaching, Research

The Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invites applications from candidates for a tenure-track position as assistant or associate professor with a focus on nutritional clinical trials. Candidates are also invited who have expertise and interest in nutritional metabolism and biochemistry in humans, or who have training in human genetics and coronary heart disease. This position will hold a primary appointment in the Department of Nutrition with a secondary affiliation in the Department of Molecular Metabolism at the Harvard Chan School. This position may also have affiliation with the newly established Harvard Chan Research Center on Causes and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CAP-CVD).

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent and collaborative research program to study the effects of foods, nutrients and dietary patterns on biomarkers, disease risk factors, omics outcomes, and other mechanisms by which foods and nutrients affect chronic disease. The candidate’s focus may include atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, or other conditions related to nutrition and metabolism. Expertise in clinical trials of dietary interventions that include disease-related outcomes, especially when linked to fundamental mechanisms, is desirable.

The Nutrition Department has facilities and staff to conduct clinical trials, including effectiveness, efficacy, and mechanistic studies, utilizing dietary supplementation, controlled feeding, and other research designs. The Department’s faculty have partnered for many years with the Center for Clinical Investigation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to conduct nutritional studies that require ambulatory or inpatient admissions, and mechanistic studies such as stable isotope tracer studies and euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp.

The candidate will be encouraged to utilize a new facility in proteomics, lipidomics and metabolomics under the direction of the Molecular Metabolism Department, to study biomarkers and mechanisms of human disease.

Longitudinal well-established cohorts managed by the Nutrition Department and Brigham and Women’s Hospital such as the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study are key resources for the faculty to apply basic and mechanistic science to populations. These cohorts have extensive genomic and epidemiological data resources, including nutritional, lifestyle, anthropometric, and social factors; and incidence data on a broad range of complex diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The Department of Nutrition is committed to expanding multi-/trans-disciplinary studies of complex diseases and pressing public health problems using the latest methods and technologies. We are also committed to training students in the skills needed to conduct cutting-edge research in our increasingly interdisciplinary and changing fields. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in teaching and in the direction of training programs.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree and/or terminal degree or the equivalent and are engaged in or have completed postdoctoral training, preferably with a focus on clinical trials in human nutrition. Publication record can be in clinical nutritional trials; metabolism; and/or a closely related field. The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding productivity in an area that complements the existing research and training goals of the department. The candidate should possess the ability to work collaboratively with other scientists and the scholarly qualities required to mentor doctoral students in the PhD Programs in Population Health Sciences and Biological Sciences in Public Health within Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks to recruit, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best scholars. We are committed to upholding the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring and promotion processes. Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.