The current open positions in the Division of Nutritional Sciences are:

Post-Doctoral Positions in Global Health Technologies
Division of Nutritional Sciences

The Mehta research group at Cornell University seek two post-doctoral scholars with an interest in developing cutting-edge technologies to address problems in Global Health and experience with biomolecular assays and microfluidic device development. The position is available immediately and requires a 2-year commitment.

The project will focus on the development of assays for smartphone-based analysis of micronutrient, infectious disease, food safety, and immunological biomarkers in humans as well as in other materials such as diet, working in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of biomedical engineers, computer scientists, nutritionists, physicians, public health practitioners, entrepreneurs and information scientists.  The project will also involve field validation and testing of the technology at our clinical sites in India, Kenya, and Ecuador.

The candidate will have the opportunity to take a leadership role in a growing global and mobile health initiative.  Additional opportunities for research and training in the areas of global health and for entrepreneurship may also be possible, depending on the candidate’s interest. 

More details on the Mehta research group ( and and our global and mobile health initiative can be found on our websites.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Nutrition (with expertise in biomolecular and nutritional assays) or Engineering (with expertise in immunoassays, working with cell culture and biological samples, biomolecular diagnostic devices) or Immunology or Food Safety with relevant expertise – Proof that all Ph.D. requirements have been fulfilled before the start date is required for any postdoc appointment at Cornell University.

Required Competencies:

  • Proficiency in biomolecular assays and techniques, including protein binding assays, lateral flow immunoassays, bacterial and mammalian cell culture, and running commercial ELISA kits. An ideal candidate would have hands-on experience with cell culture, lateral flow assay development for biomarkers for infectious diseases and assessment of nutritional status. Mobile app development, database knowledge and image processing software skills are a plus.
  • Project planning and co-ordination problem-solving, scientific grant writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team and under pressure to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to lead and organize teams comprised of graduate and undergraduate students

Application Requirements:

The following documents must be uploaded when applying through Academic Jobs Online (

  • a CV;
  • a general letter of interest outlining the applicant’s qualifications for the position; and
  • copies of relevant publications.

In addition the applicant should arrange to have 3 letters of reference submitted through Academic Jobs Online.

Assistant Professor (One position is open)
Nutritional Chemistry

Division of Nutritional Sciences

The Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University is seeking candidates for a 9-month, full-salaried, tenure-track assistant professor position in Nutritional Chemistry. The candidates for this position should be outstanding research scientists. The successful candidate will have an interest in establishing and integrating novel methods, technologies and measures for assessing nutrient and bioactive food component needs in human health and disease. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, development and validation of new diet-related biomarkers of exposure, status and function; novel systems approaches to quantify markers of physiological networks related to dietary needs; precision nutrition; nanoscale sensors; medical or printable foods; bioactive food components; and, computational approaches to assessing nutrient needs.

Research excellence should be demonstrated by the existence or potential for building an active, externally-funded research program as well as by a strong record of publication in recognized journals. Scholarship related to nutrition and human health, in the broadest sense, should be central to the candidate's research program. Interest in and qualification to teach an undergraduate course on the physical, chemical and biological aspects of foods, and to contribute to a graduate level course is required.

The Division of Nutritional Sciences is a broadly based interdisciplinary unit that integrates theories and methods from across many academic disciplines to understand the complex relationships among biology, nutrition, food systems and lifestyle patterns, social and institutional environments and governmental policies in human health. The professor has the potential to develop collaborations with faculty who have broad interests in basic and applied aspects of mammalian biology and metabolism, systems biology and human nutrition.

Academic Environment at Cornell University

Cornell is a major Land Grant research and teaching institution established in 1865 with both endowed and state-assisted units. The student population on the Ithaca campus is approximately 5,350 graduate/professional students and 13,670 undergraduates. Cornell offers a strong, interdisciplinary research environment. Recently, the university initiated campus-wide investments in the Life Sciences, the Cornell Population Program, the Institute for Social Sciences, the Global Health Program, and the Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell Technology Campus, which are located in New York City.

The Division of Nutritional Sciences

The Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) at Cornell University is among the largest academic units in the United States devoted to human nutrition. DNS is a multi-disciplinary unit with scholarly activities that integrate knowledge from the physical, biological and social sciences in the areas of molecular, human, international and community nutrition through teaching, research, and outreach related to food, food systems, nutrition and health. Multidisciplinary research, graduate training, and outreach programs include Maternal & Child Nutrition, Nutritional Genomics, Food Systems for Health and Nutrition, Global Health & International Nutrition and Obesity & Chronic Disease. In carrying out its mission, DNS supports and contributes to advancements in basic disciplines and promotes the health and well-being of populations in the US and globally. The DNS undergraduate program consists of four majors. The Nutritional Sciences major and the Global and Public Health Sciences major are offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. The Human Biology, Health and Society major is offered through the College of Human Ecology, and the concentration in Nutrition in the Biological Sciences Major is offered through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Division of Nutritional Sciences is the administrative home for the Cornell Graduate Field of Nutrition and the Graduate Field of Epidemiology.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity employer.


  • PhD, ScD, MD, DrPH or equivalent degree in nutrition, food science, food technology, biochemistry, chemistry,the biological sciences, engineering, information science, and/or medicine;
  • Scholarship related to food, diet, nutrition and human health, in the broadest sense, should be central to the candidate's research program;
  • Interest or experience in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level; interest in participating in the Division of Nutritional Sciences’ graduate and undergraduate teaching programs, including participation in NS3450, Introduction to Physiochemical & Biological Aspects of Foods.
  • Research excellence should be demonstrated by a strong record of publication (in recognized journals) in the field and a strong history of externally supported research, commensurate with rank;
  • Interest in building academic linkages within DNS program areas, and with other departments and centers throughout the University.

The candidate is expected to:

  • Maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program;
  • Maintain a high level of scholarly activity;
  • Mentor graduate students;
  • Forge professional relationships within the Division of Nutritional Sciences and other academic units on campus; and
  • Participate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences’ graduate and undergraduate teaching programs, including participation in NS3450, Introduction to Physiochemical & Biological Aspects of Foods.

Academic Rank and Compensation:

Assistant Professor with 9-month appointment and expectation of tenure. Position is designated as 60% effort in research, 40% in teaching/instruction. Salary level will depend on experience and expertise and will be competitive with comparable positions at peer universities.

Applicants must apply through Academic Jobs Online at and upload a cover letter, CV, research statement and a teaching statement. Applicants must also arrange to that three confidential letters of recommendation submitted through Academic Jobs Online.

Review of applications will continue until this position has been filled. Start date for this position is as soon as July 1, 2018.