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Faculty Obesity & Metabolism

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Roanoke, Virginia
Nutrition and Dietetics

Job Description

Virginia Tech seeks to recruit an innovative researcher in the area of metabolism and obesity for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level.  The successful candidate should address issues of the health effects of obesity and/or eating behaviors either during development and/or throughout the lifespan.  Investigators who focus on human subjects' based research or those who combine human subjects' research with laboratory animal based research programs are encouraged to apply.  Behavioral approaches in humans that include studies of food choice, decision-making, and individual variation in metabolism along with genetic, biochemical and physiological approaches that may be applied in humans and/or animal models are welcomed. The person hired for this position will join 37 other faculty led teams at the research institute. The position will be located at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC ( on the university's health sciences campus in Roanoke, Virginia.  In addition to the original 100,000 square foot research institute that opened in 2010, a new adjacent 139,000 square foot research building ( opened this year in which the new faculty member will have their research program.  Facilities at the research institute include two human whole room calorimeters, metabolic kitchen and dining areas for the study of human nutrition and eating behaviors, multiple research MRIs for human and animal research including high field MR guided PET and MR guided focused ultrasound, multiple cellular/molecular imaging facilities including spinning disc confocal microscopy, standard laser scanning confocal microscopy, scanning block face electron microscopy, super resolution microscopy as well biochemical and molecular biology cores including Mass Spec as well as behavioral testing suites for animals and humans.  The obesity and metabolism unit is immediately adjacent to the new cardiovascular sciences unit that already houses four teams studying heart disease including cardio-metabolic disorders.

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in October, 2021. To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments and plans, and teaching/mentoring philosophy, and a statement of plans for supporting diversity and inclusion. Be prepared for your three references to be contacted to post letters of support to the same site once you apply. 

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions. Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT- serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community (, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Dr. Michael J. Friedlander at

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have an earned doctorate (PhD, MD and/or DVM), postdoctoral research experience, a demonstrated record of accomplishment of research productivity through major publications and either active major extramural funding (preferably from NIH) or strong evidence of the likelihood of obtaining such funding in the near term.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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