Assistant Professor - Metabolism and Nervous System - Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor nine-month faculty position, in the broadly defined areas of metabolism and the nervous system.

We seek an individual who has developed a vigorous research program investigating one or more areas of Metabolic Biology and Neuroscience including, but not limited to, neuronal networks governing the regulation of energy intake, expenditure, and nutrient sensing.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley offers a highly interactive environment with world-class research being conducted in a wide range of areas in Metabolic Biology. The appointee will benefit from access to PhD students in multiple interdepartmental programs and state-of-the-art core facilities and centers on campus. Numerous opportunities exist for interactions and collaborations with collegues at UC Berkeley and in the Bay Area.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology values diversity, equity and inclusion as exemplified by the following principles of community: we recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors; we embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

All applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or M.D. (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
  • Proven research excellence at the boundary of Metabolism and the Central or Peripheral Nervous System, as demonstrated by a record of impactful and innovative publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an independent research program.
  • Current research plans that have the potential to result in a program of high merit and impact as an Assistant Professor.
  • Evidence of ability to contribute effectively to undergraduate and graduate teaching in a setting such as UC Berkeley.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a conscientious community member, with evidence of willingness to contribute to service in the Department, the Center and on campus.
  • Contributions that have promoted equal opportunity for diverse students or colleagues.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research - statement describing your current and proposed research
  • Statement of Teaching and Service - statement of teaching and service describing prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests. In addition, a description of prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service experience.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Copy of Publication 1 - copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other products
  • Copy of Publication 2 - copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other products
  • Copy of Publication 3 - copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other products
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Applicants should arrange to have 3-5 letters of reference submitted via this web portal. It is preferred that letters of reference be uploaded by the final date to apply. Apply link: Help contact:

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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posted: 29 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.