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Career Opportunity - Assistant Professor

Application Status:  Closed

Assistant Professor - Human Nutrition and Energy Metabolism
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 

Job description:

Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time / Tenure Track

Position Summary:

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, within the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) of Rutgers University, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of human nutrition and energy metabolism.

The successful candidate will maintain a dynamic research program; seek extramural funding in the area of specialization; teach undergraduate and graduate students; and mentor and train graduate students. Special consideration will be given to candidates utilizing human subjects in their research program.

Primary teaching responsibilities and research interests will be in the area of advanced nutrition and metabolism, nutrition and physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.

Core resources, startup funds, and laboratory space will be provided.

Overview:

Rutgers University is a state land-grant university in the New Brunswick-based campuses and is the new university member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.  The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies is part of a vibrant and interactive Life Sciences community that includes over 200 faculty members in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics, and Cell Biology and Neuroscience.  It has over 1000 undergraduate majors and offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and an M.S. program in Global Sport Business.

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies is highly interdisciplinary with ongoing collaborations with many of Rutgers' other programs (e.g., the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) as well as productive relationships with Intercollegiate Athletics and the newly formed Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health.

Required Education:

PhD in Nutrition / Metabolism from an accredited institution is required by start date.

Required Experience:

Applicants should have demonstrated record of significant research, the potential to make substantial contributions as an independent investigator, and have a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.  They should also be committed to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Certification as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist status from the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2) Demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students; 3) Evidence of publications in scholarly journals in the areas of human nutrition/metabolism; 4) a record of service, including service to the discipline and professional associations.  Priority will be given to applicants whose background supports the development of a program in metabolic regulation/adaptations during stress in humans (including but not limited to exercise, severe trauma, and prolonged cold exposure).

Earliest Effective Date of Employment:

September 1, 2016

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should apply online through the Rutgers Interfolio website link by submitting their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest expressing experience and qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references.  Questions can be addressed by e-mail to: Mrs. Jan Houtman, Administrative Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dr. Sara Campbell's Study is in the News

Can Your Workout Impact Your Gut Health?  Yes—And Here's Why

By Lauren Mechling | Vogue | March 25, 2016

Fungi, protozoans, bacteria, nonliving viruses.  It might not be pretty, but the human microbiome is a beautiful thing.  The approximately 100 trillion bacteria that live in our gut (and, to a lesser degree, our mouths and skin) boost indispensable functions that support metabolism, immune systems, and mental health.  Ever-mounting evidence of the powers of the microbiome — some call it “the forgotten organ” — has the health-conscious among us downing probiotic-packed yogurt drinks and investing in prebiotic supplements.  Now, it might have us booking into a Spin class.

The link between physical activity and gut flora was noted two years ago, when researchers published a study comparing the national rugby team of Ireland and sedentary men, which found that the elite athletes had healthier guts.  But the study did not control for dietary differences among its subjects, which left room for interpretation.  The latest research, however, confirms what the rugby study suggested:  We can alter our bacterial structure through exercise.

“That people who move more have a more diverse microbiome is something that we noticed at my lab several years ago, but we couldn’t prove causality,” says Rob Knight, Ph.D., director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at U.C. San Diego.  “These studies are incredibly exciting.”  One, published last week in the journal PLOS One, compared two sets of young mice: those that exercised and those that didn’t.  Some of the rodents ate a high-fat diet, others, low fat.  Over the course of 12 weeks, the rodents that ran on a wheel, regardless of diet type, experienced an increase in several helpful bacteria—some by as much as 40 percent.  The study’s lead author, Sara Campbell, Ph.D., at the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University, points out that she found exercise to be extremely effective at raising levels of butyrate, the bacteria that helps protect against colon cancer.  “Exercise might also help you feel less bloated,” she says.

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Funding Announcement - Applied and Community Outreach Programs

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies will support up to two (2) pilot projects to teams of faculty (at least two members).  Ideally the team will consist of one member from the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies and a member from a different discipline from another school (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, School of Health Related Professions, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, etc.) or from the community.  The goal of this supportive pilot program is to establish or expand programs in health related fields (e.g., childhood obesity, geriatric wellness, athletic injuries) and to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations that will ultimately lead to extramural funding.

Teams of investigators will be supported with a total award amount of $15,000 for one year.  A second year of support may be requested with a strong scientific justification and sufficient evidence of productivity.  This funding mechanism is open to all faculty applicants, with at least one member of the research team having a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies.

To apply, please submit the following:

            1)   A one-page project summary containing the purpose/objective of the proposed research, significance, innovation, specific aims and brief statement of how proposed studies will be used to leverage extramural funding.

            2)   A 3-page research plan including relevant preliminary data.

            3)   A half-page management/leadership plan that describes the roles and responsibilities of each PI and the processes for making decisions on distribution/sharing of funding awarded, scientific direction, intellectual property, authorship, allocation of resources, and resolving disputes that may arise.

            4)   A time-line of plans to secure extramural funding. If possible, the specific PA, RFA, FOA or other relevant interdisciplinary funding opportunity to which the applicants plan to apply should be identified.

            5)   A biosketch for each PI.

            6)   A detailed budget proposal/request describing the amount of funding needed and how it will be used.  Funding cannot be used for faculty salaries and fringe benefits.

Priority for funding will be based on the proposal’s scientific merit, leadership plan, and the competitive potential for near-term extramural funding. Funding will begin April 15, 2016.

Deadline for applications is April 4, 2016.  Please send applications to Jan Houtman via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For questions, please contact Labros Sidossis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Funding Announcement - Research

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies will support up to two (2) pilot projects that bring together departmental investigators with researchers of different disciplines from other schools (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, School of Health Related Professions, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, etc.) to address important questions in basic, and translational science.  The goal of this supportive pilot program is to facilitate new intradepartmental multidisciplinary research collaborations that will ultimately lead to extramural funding.

Teams of investigators will be supported with a total award amount of $25,000 for one year.  A second year of support may be requested with a strong scientific justification and sufficient evidence of productivity.  This funding mechanism is open to faculty applicants with rank of Assistant Professor or higher, with at least one member of the research team having a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies.

To apply, please submit the following:

            1)   A one-page project summary containing the purpose/objective of the proposed research, significance, innovation, specific aims and brief statement of how proposed studies will be used to leverage extramural funding.

            2)   A 3-page research plan including relevant preliminary data.

            3)   A half-page management/leadership plan that describes the roles and responsibilities of each PI and the processes for making decisions on distribution/sharing of funding awarded, scientific direction, intellectual property, authorship, allocation of resources, and resolving disputes that may arise.

            4)   A time-line of plans to secure extramural funding. If possible, the specific PA, RFA, FOA or other relevant interdisciplinary funding opportunity to which the applicants plan to apply should be identified.

            5)   An NIH-style biosketch for each PI.

            6)   A detailed budget proposal/request describing the amount of funding needed and how it will be used.  Funding cannot be used for faculty salaries and fringe benefits.

Priority for funding will be based on the proposal’s scientific merit, evidence of individual productivity by the PIs, leadership plan, and the competitive potential for near-term extramural funding.  Funding will begin April 15, 2016.

Deadline for applications is April 4, 2016.  Please send applications to Jan Houtman via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For questions, please contact Labros Sidossis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Declaration of Major Meeting Dates for Spring 2016

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016 AT 9:00 A.M.

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WANT  TO  DECLARE
EXERCISE  SCIENCE AND SPORT STUDIES
AS YOUR MAJOR?

Entry into Exercise Science and Sport Studies as a major is through the Applied Kinesiology Option (initially for all Science options) or the Sport Management Option.  Transfer students who entered Rutgers in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semester must meet with an Exercise Science and Sport Studies adviser to determine eligibility to declare, bringing with them a copy of their unofficial Rutgers transcript.  Check our website under "Advising->Advising Schedule" for adviser availability.  All other students must completely satisfy the following criteria to register for one of the group orientation meetings listed below.

Students must have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and major GPA, and a grade of "C" or better in three specific courses in their option.  Transfer courses that are equivalent are acceptable.

     For all science options:



General Biology (01:119:115 or 01:119:101)
General Biology (01:119:116 or 01:119:102)
Basic Statistics for Exercise Science (01:377:275) or its equivalent

     For Sport Management Option:    


Sport and the Law (01:377:203)
Risk Management in Sport Administration (01:377:204)
Basic Statistics for Exercise Science (01:377:275) or its equivalent

 

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