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Faculty Position in Nutrition, Food Systems, Climate, and Sustainability

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Faculty Position in Nutrition, Food Systems, Climate, and Sustainability

Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

All Ranks – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

Tenure-Track or Tenured Research and Teaching Appointment

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy ( at Tufts University seeks candidates at any rank for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position(s) at the nexus of nutrition, food systems, climate, and sustainability.

This search is part of a series of hires at Tufts University – among the Friedman School, the Fletcher School, the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the Tufts Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine – to recruit and bring together multiple new faculty across domains of scholarship that jointly focus on novel and rigorous approaches to investigate and address structural racism, health disparities, and other geographic and social inequities related to food, nutrition, agricultural production, and health.

The Friedman School has a history of and a commitment to inter-disciplinary research on food system sustainability, including the interactions between productivity, resource use, governance, industry and consumer preferences, nutrition and health, population disparities, and broader societal outcomes. Existing scholarship at the Friedman School spans these areas across domestic and international domains, including environmental, economic, and social outcomes of different foods, production strategies, and diets; nutrition security and health equity; relationships between diet composition, diet quality, cost, and sustainability outcomes; climate change impacts on crop composition, farmer outcomes, and consumers; and consumer preferences for a range of sustainability outcomes. The Friedman School is unique in having expertise and collaborations across this range of disciplines within the School.

The School is recruiting one or more new faculty members to expand upon, complement, and synergize with these current areas of strength by bringing new expertise, teaching, and scholarship focused on climate and/or other sustainability issues within food systems. We are especially interested in candidates whose work includes a focus on structural racism, health disparities, and other geographic and social inequities. Successful candidates may be focused on particular sustainability outcomes, or improved methods for qualitative and quantitative research in these areas. Faculty who are able to work well across disciplines and who have interest in the intersection of equity and sustainability will particularly thrive at the School.

Candidates must possess a relevant doctoral degree, with a demonstrated ability to establish and lead inter- or transdisciplinary research, teaching, and impact. We seek candidates whose work is relevant to a range of stakeholders in both public and private sectors and engages in processes of community action and decision making and/or policy and advocacy. We recognize that the successful candidate for this position may have a background across the range of natural or social sciences.

The successful candidate(s) should bring (or demonstrate promise to develop) a vigorous externally funded research program, teach 2-3 graduate level courses per year, advise and mentor diverse students at the master's and doctoral levels, and engage in University and professional service.

The Friedman School is one of the leading institutions in the world in food and nutrition scholarship and policy. Our mission is to create trusted science, educate future leaders, and produce real-world impact. The School distinguishes itself by its breadth of scholarship, entrepreneurial spirit, and real-world translation. We bring together diverse experts who are committed to work that equitably improves the nutritional well-being of people around the globe. The School’s interdisciplinary focus and integrative nature complement the intellectually rich environment across Tufts University, a “Research Class 1” university, top-25-ranked undergraduate institution, and member of the Association of American Universities. Home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses, Tufts University prides itself on its culture of cross-school partnerships. Located in downtown Boston on the Health Sciences Campus, Friedman School faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of Boston and the wider Northeast U.S. region.

This is a full-time, tenure-track or tenured, 12-month position. Salary, start-up package and benefits are highly competitive and will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience. The starting date is negotiable. A demonstrable capacity for independent research and publications with external financial support is expected.

Questions about the position should be addressed to search committee chair Professor Timothy Griffin ( and/or co-chair Professor Patrick Webb (

Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and objectives, and contact information for at least three professional references through Interfolio at All applications received by August 15th will receive full consideration.

The Friedman School Statement

The Friedman School is committed to the recruitment of a diverse, inclusive faculty, and thus, women, people of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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