Professor of Human Health & Nutrition

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast is currently seeking to appoint a World-leading Professor in Human Nutrition and Health to enhance delivery on strategy 2030

The appointee will deliver World-leading research and outputs, educational excellence, whilst enhancing QUB’s global reputation and positively influencing sectorial developments. The post holder is expected to be of the highest World-leading research calibre and will be expected to sustain and drive disciplinary research excellence, whilst utilizing this excellence to drive interdisciplinary innovation particularly with respect to contribution to the development and delivery of clinical experiments (iREACH) and data innovation (Momentum 1.0) linked to the Belfast Regional City Deal ( and also engage with the newly funded All-Ireland Co-Centre for Sustainable and Resilient FOOD Systems (SUREFOOD-I; This appointee will work to increase capacity for world-leading collaborative research across the Faculties of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (including the Institute for Global Food Security) and Engineering and Physical Sciences. The appointee will also play a key role in the expansion of postgraduate teaching and research within the School of Biological Sciences and the Institute for Global Food Security. The appointee will have the opportunity to negotiate a mutually agreed and flexible workplan to maximise these opportunities. Significant contributions to the mentoring and development of early-career staff are also expected, to support and enable staff to develop large-scale externally funded research projects and deliver impactful research outputs of the highest quality.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It, therefore, welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from women as females are underrepresented within the professoriate.

About the person: 

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Relevant Honours Degree.
  • Hold a PhD in an area related to Human nutrition, Food Science and/or Human Health.
  • Sustained record of highly cited, World-leading publications in high quality journals in the area of Human nutrition, Food Science and/or Human Health.
  • Significant and sustained record of playing a leading role in successful bids for competitive, peer-reviewed highly reputable grants and/or other awards.
  • Evidence of strong sectorial leadership.
  • Research profile that complements the research priorities within the faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences (MHLS and EPS).
  • Evidence of having successfully supervised several postgraduate student supervision as primary supervisor at PhD level, alongside evidence that these students have now progressed to leadership positions within the sector.
  • Strong research collaborations outside current institution with World-leading institutes and experience in leading or making significant contribution to interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of leading or significant involvement in national and/or international research programmes in Clinical Trials.
  • Recognised international expert in subject field as evidenced by, for example, a sustained record of invited talks at international conferences/ events and UK and/ or international Higher Education Institutions or a track record of invited keynote or plenary lectures at conferences of national and international significance.
  • Attract national and international grant funding as evidenced by extramural funding and a strong publication.
  • Experience of teaching students and in the supervision of students at postgraduate level.
  • Leadership in the research context pertinent to teaching and research in a University setting.
  • Contribution to administrative tasks at a strategic level.
  • Experience of mentoring/training/management of colleagues.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and refer to the Candidate Information.

To be successful at shortlisting stage, please ensure you clearly evidence in your application how you meet the essential and, where applicable, desirable criteria listed in the Candidate Information.

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