Open Faculty Positions

Virginia Tech invites applications for 2 tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor. These positions are part of a cluster hire that will have academic homes either at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute (VTCSOM and VTCRI) or in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE).  We seek individuals  with active research programs focused on health behaviors to join the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors. The mission of the CTRHB is to conduct and disseminate transformative health behaviors research with the primary objective of preventing and treating lifestyle-related disease.  Competitive salary, space and start-up packages will be provided.


Behavioral economics of health behaviors, obesity, diabetes, and related diseases

One of the positions is for a health behavior researcher studying behavioral economics, obesity, diabetes and related diseases. For this position, we especially encourage applications from those whose research can complement existing strengths at the VTCRI in decision-making, cognitive neuroscience and the science of behavior change. Expectations include obtaining external funding and mentoring postdoctoral, doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level research trainees. The successful candidate will have a doctorate, postdoctoral training experience, and a demonstrated track record of successful research related to health behavior, with strong potential for developing an extramurally-funded innovative research program.

The VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute represent a successful public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia’s leading research-intensive university – Virginia Tech – and a major health care system – Carilion Clinic, in Roanoke, VA. The research institute and medical school are located in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington DC and Charlotte, NC. The VTCRI currently houses 25 independent research groups with over 250 research and support team members and over $70M in current active extramural research funding. Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. VT has over 6,000 graduate students and offers graduate programs in many disciplines related to health behaviors, including as a major focus area in the Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) as well as Translational Biology, Medicine and Heath (TBMH) programs. Applicants will also enjoy access to unique shared research facilities at the VTCRI including a DXA scanner, multiple MRIs, human and animal behavioral testing and molecular biology facilities.

To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments and interests and teaching/mentoring philosophy at (posting TR0170027). For additional information, please contact the search committee chair – Dr. Warren K. Bickel,

Implementation research expertise focused on physical activity and nutrition, community health, and/or obesity-related outcomes 

For the other position, we are recruiting a candidate with implementation research expertise focused on physical activity and nutrition, community health, and/or obesity-related outcomes. The successful applicant for this position will work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists across a wide range of implementation research activities including, but not limited to, developing and testing implementation strategies, observational studies of real-world implementation, comparative effectiveness trials, and hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials. Expectations include obtaining external funding, mentoring postdoctoral, doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level research trainees.

The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise ( has ~20 faculty dedicated to teaching and mentoring over 1000 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students.  Our faculty have received over $10 million in extramural funding over the last 5 years from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and industry.  The Department is home to the Expanded Food and Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (Education (SNAP-Ed) which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( ) has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life science industries make significant strides in improving people’s lives. Today’s College is adapting to society’s expectations and needs by focusing its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for devastating and debilitating diseases. Nearly 3,000 students are pursing degrees in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The College has 12 academic departments, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) and a presence in every county in the Commonwealth through Virginia Cooperative Extension. Today, in addition to two-year associate degrees, the college grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Please electronically submit letter of intent, curriculum vitae, description of research program, three representative reprints, and three letters of reference at (posting # TR0170021). Questions can be referred to Matthew W. Hulver, Ph.D., Department Head, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech and Biomedical Science, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine:

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars.  It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university.  Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, 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.   Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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