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Assistant/Associate Professor, Regular Tenure-track (Molecular Nutritional Epidemiologist)

The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in molecular nutritional epidemiology teaching and research, with an interest in nutrition and epigenetics in relation to early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This is a full-time, state-supported, tenure track appointment. An M.D./M.P.H and/or a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or DrPH) in a relevant field is required. Experience with population-based nutritional epidemiologic research, particularly with interactive genetic and epigenetic effects in relation to early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders is necessary.
The mission of the Department of Public Health Sciences is to improve the health of people through population-based approaches by developing and evaluating educational programs, conducting epidemiologic research, engaging in public service and developing policy. The focus of our department is on health promotion and disease prevention, occupational and environmental health, health care policy, aging, ethical issues, reproductive, women’s, children’s, rural, minority and international health.
Expertise in nutritional epidemiology is broadly defined to include dietary factors related to individual and population health and disease. Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene activity but not those caused by changes in DNA sequences and may include the study of stable, long-term changes in the transcriptional potential of a cell that may not be heritable. Gene-by-environment interaction implies that individuals with the same environmental exposure may have different health and disease outcomes due to their genetic makeup. Thus, the focus of the person filling this position would include such areas as the influence of nutritional, genetic and epigenetic factors in disparities in early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, especially ASD. Areas of expertise should include nutritional epidemiology, epigenetics, and design and implementation of community-based and/or population-based research and interventions.

Among other responsibilities, the faculty member hired for this position will:
• Provide intellectual and administrative leadership and promote the efforts and capabilities of nutritional epidemiology, gene-by-environment interaction and epigenetics research in relation to early childhood neurodevelopment in the School of Medicine, and reaching out to include the UC Davis campus faculty, the California public health community, the community at large, and current and potential collaborating institutions;
• Develop and teach courses in molecular epidemiology and epigenetics in relation to nutritional epidemiology and mentor graduate students and trainees in public health, epidemiology and related fields;
• Play a leadership role in growing expertise at UC Davis in epigenetics and gene-by-nutrition interaction in health and disease, particularly regarding neurodevelopment and especially ASD, in the School of Medicine;
• Undertake and facilitate interdisciplinary research and outreach programs;
• Maintain a leadership role in identifying and obtaining extramural funding sources and fostering the development of an emphasis in epigenetics, nutritional epidemiology, and gene-by- environment interaction research focusing on disease and health disparities, particularly regarding ASD, with preparation and submission of grant/contract proposals;
• Participate in service activities including committee appointments, public or community service;
• Play a leading role in outreach efforts with the California Department of Public Health and other state and local health agencies and collaborate with other campus research units such as the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) and the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (MIND);
• Work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment;
• Adhere to policies and procedures; leadership experience and abilities.

Candidates will also engage in professional activities at a local, state, regional, and national level and disseminate knowledge through peer-reviewed publications and participation in and presentation at interdisciplinary and scientific meetings.
The successful candidate should have a proven grant and publication track record in funded nutritional epidemiology and epigenetics research related to early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly ASD. Research experience as a principal investigator and/or extensive experience on funded projects documented by publications and other modes of disseminating research in areas related to nutritional epidemiology and epigenetics for appointment at the assistant or associate professor level is also necessary. The successful candidate should have experience teaching nutritional and molecular epidemiology.

Application Procedure and Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled through March 1, 2015. However, for full consideration, please go to to submit your letter of application, CV, and names of five references by August 29, 2014. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Mary Wheeler by email ( or phone (530-752-3627).

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UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional