Professor (Scale 2) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
UCC wishes to appoint a Professor in Human Nutrition and Dietetics to a new position in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences. The post-holder will provide academic leadership in the growing field of Dietetics at UCC. The successful candidate will have a mature and outstanding record of scholarly achievement and research leadership and will lead the continued growth and development of collaborative, funded research programs in clinical nutrition and disease prevention and management. The post-holder will make a substantial contribution to the continuous development and delivery of UCC’s Masters programme in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Through excellent leadership, the post-holder will continuously develop a world-class collaborative and high-impact postgraduate research programme in dietetics training future leaders, positioning UCC as an international leader in dietetics education, training and research.
This position is being filled as part of UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health.
UCC Futures is an ambitious new programme of research prioritisation, coupled with an innovative academic recruitment strategy spanning 10 strategically important indicative areas encompassing the humanities, arts, social sciences, STEM, health, business and law.
UCC Futures - Food, Microbiome and Health is a once in a generation opportunity to generate an ecosystem that will maximise the potential of our academic expertise and provide tangible, impactful, solutions in response to one of the most important global challenges of our time.
Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Head of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences. The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant Statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.
- Demonstrate academic leadership through teaching, research and scholarship, and in any other appropriate manner;
- Mentor, support and advise junior staff as appropriate and assist in their academic career development in teaching and research and foster the research and scholarship of other individuals and groups within their school and the university.
- Engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline;
- Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);
- Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;
- Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.
- Promote excellence in teaching and learning and encourage the application of innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and within other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
- Teach and examine on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and, where appropriate, adult and continuing education courses and make a distinguished personal contribution to teaching at all levels;
- Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students;
- Contribute to, and take a leadership role where appropriate in, the regular evaluation of curricula, and the development of new curricular initiatives;
- Perform a significant role in the development of postgraduate studies at UCC;
- Lead in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of the curriculum within his/her subject areas, to give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient; also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
- to give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;
- to hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner.
- Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
- Serve if required as head of one of the College’s academic units subject to relevant University regulations, statutes and management requirements;
- Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
- Contribute to the administrative duties of the discipline/department/school and to act as a member of such committees as may be required within the university;
- Fulfil other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Head of School;
- to carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
- if a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
- to serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University;
The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.
The successful candidate will be expected to meet the following essential criteria:
- A doctorate (level 10NFQ) (E) and a BSc or MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics*
*Must be registered or be eligible to register with the Dietitians Registration Board of CORU
- The ability to provide vision and leadership in the development of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences within the strategic frameworks of the College of SEFS and the University
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with leading and supporting a team of committed academic and administrative colleagues together with the demonstrated ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment
- International standing as a leading researcher and scholar in human nutrition and dietetics or profession as evidenced through an outstanding contribution to its advancement through research outputs including peer reviewed publications, creative works or other appropriate forms of scholarship and a significant research funding record, as appropriate to the discipline
- A record of successful leadership and international recognition through research and scholarly activity within the discipline, including research supervision, examining, editing and refereeing, as appropriate for the discipline
- Evidence of significant achievement in and commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and learning in human nutrition and dietetics, at undergraduate and postgraduate level and a willingness to both contribute to and lead in the development of the teaching programmes offered by the academic unit
- Evidence of a contribution to innovation in teaching and in curriculum or programme development, review and evaluation
- The ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment and where the opportunity has existed, to develop and lead postgraduate supervision to doctorate level
- A familiarity with and willingness to use modern teaching technologies
- Proven senior administrative experience and the capacity and willingness to act as head of an academic unit
- Evidence of participation in relevant academic and professional associations/ bodies as appropriate
- Ability to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large
- An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students
- Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
- A commitment to the long-term development of the discipline
Applications for this post
How to apply
Applications for this post are received through UCC's online application portal. You'll be required to set up a profile (if you don't already have one).
You can find the posts associated with UCC Futures: Food, Microbiome and Health by selecting 'Academic UCC Futures' in the search by vacancy type field.
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What to include in your application
Applications should consist of your academic CV and a cover letter demonstrating your academic and research achievements. We would also like to hear about your research ambitions and how your academic and research profile aligns with the UCC Futures: Food, Microbiome and Health initiative.
Details of the following should also be included, as appropriate:
- Research Interests,
- Teaching Interests and Abilities,
- Teaching Objectives and Methods.
Who to contact
We encourage all applicants to contact us prior to making an application for the position.
- Contact: Professor Mairead Kiely, Head of School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
- Email: Professor Mairead Kiely
Deadline for applications
Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12pm (Irish Standard Time) on Thursday, 16 February 2023. No late applications will be accepted.
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