College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Health and Human Performance

Full Professor and Director of Texas Obesity Research Center - Tenured


The Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston is seeking an obesity studies specialist with demonstrable academic, leadership and fundraising skills to serve as tenured Professor and Director of the Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC). The TORC Director will have a 9 month academic appointment as Professor in the department and a 1 month Summer administrative appointment as TORC Director.

Qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent in nutrition, psychology, kinesiology, exercise science, biology, behavioral medicine, public health, epidemiology, sociology, social work or a field closely related. Strong record of leadership, acquiring extramural funding for research and center pursuits from federal, private, academic, foundation, and community organizations and businesses, publishing in high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journal and facilitating interdisciplinary research. Preference given to candidates interested in conducting research on a variety of populations including those dwelling in underserved urban areas.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will lead an independent, extramurally-funded, interdisciplinary program to advance scientific discoveries in obesity-related research in collaboration with UH faculty members and researchers al other institutions. As TORC director, he or she will be responsible for fundraising and maintaining a strong and productive working relationships with private entities, including foundations, community organizations, and related business entities.

Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in an area of study, along with mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty is required.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

University Description:  The University of Houston is a major urban research institution with a focus on urban issues and problems. The University has over 40,000 students in 13 colleges. The University of Houston is located near the renowned Texas Medical Center and NASA/Johnson Space Center providing faculty with a variety of opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary research. Houston is the largest city in Texas and offers a large variety of professional, cultural and personal opportunities. 

Application Procedures:

Submit a letter of Application, Curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference to:

Dr. Daniel O'Connor
Chair: Obesity Studies Search Committee
Department of Health and Human Performance
3855 Holman Street
104 Garrison Gymnasium
Houston, Texas 77204-6015

Review of application materials will begin February 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action:

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.