Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences

University of Toronto


Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Date Posted: 02/27/2024
Closing Date: 05/07/2024, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 34062
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Dept of Nutritional Sciences
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the area of nutritional sciences. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2024. 


The successful applicant must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences, Human Nutrition, or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Further, the department looks to strengthen its core research platforms of Healthy Human Development and Aging, Precision Nutrition using -omics approaches, Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Nutrition, Food, and Public Policy.  In addition, the Department of Nutritional Sciences has recently established a Nutrition Intervention Center to facilitate interventional studies involving human participants. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research in these areas at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.


Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence of an internationally competitive caliber, which can be demonstrated by contributions and publications in leading journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, accolades or awards, and evidence of superior research plans, as well as strong endorsements by referees of high standing. 


Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. Evidence of excellence in teaching can also be demonstrated by other teaching-related activities, including performance as a teaching assistant, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.


In addition to research and teaching, the successful applicant will also be expected to perform standard professional and administrative activities typical of an academic unit.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Department of Nutritional Science is committed to improving nutritional health across the life cycle, striving for equity - locally and globally- through collaborative research, contributions to policy and practice, and teaching that covers the spectrum from -omics to population health. The Department makes a significant contribution to nutritional sciences undergraduate education predominantly to students registered through the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Department has robust MSc and PhD graduate programs, and in collaboration with the Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, has made important new contributions to the incorporation of nutrition into the medical curriculum, and post-graduate medical education. The research interests of the Department range from basic science to clinical investigation and population health spanning four core research platforms mentioned previously.


The Department is committed to applying the principles of equity, diversity, indigeneity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIIA), which includes wellness in our operations. We seek candidates whose application materials speak to their commitment to EDIIA and whose approach to teaching and service will support our commitment to these values. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as research activities or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities.


The University of Toronto provides the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The University of Toronto likewise ranks annually as one of the best public universities in the world and as the premier university in Canada. The University is affiliated with various hospitals, research institutes, healthcare sites, and institutions, and enjoys partnerships with many cognate departments and community organizations. For more information about the Department of Nutritional Sciences, including its 2021-2026 Strategic plan, please visit our home page at


All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below.


Applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a proposed research plan (~2 pages);
  • a teaching dossier including a teaching philosophy/statement (~ 2 pages);
  • a statement of contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility (1 page).


Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each referee the day after an application is submitted. Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit recent letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.


Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Richard Bazinet, Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, at


All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by May 7, 2024.





All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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