Career Opportunities

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The Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA periodically has openings for new positions.  See below for more information.

Tenured Faculty Position

The Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is recruiting a physician-scientist for a tenured faculty position. This individual will provide leadership in nutrition education, nutrition research and support the clinical nutrition program. The primary areas of research and clinical practice of the division are in the treatment and prevention of obesity and obesity-associated disease. This includes the role of nutrition, phytochemicals, and botanical dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of common forms of metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The position is state-supported with a guaranteed salary base, outstanding fringe benefits, and start-up funds for research. Applicants at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor ranks are invited to apply. The successful candidate will have a primary appointment and research space in the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Applicants are required to have a M.D. or D.O. degree. The incumbent must be an accomplished basic or translational scientist in nutrition or a closely related field. In addition to a strong track record of federal research funding, this individual should have demonstrated success in developing multidisciplinary groups for training and research. Teaching of medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows will be required. Candidates with the background, stature, and skills to develop and lead an innovative and engaging nutrition curriculum thread across all 4 years of medical school are encouraged to apply. Emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s record of research accomplishment and creativity, as well as on the promise of continued success.

Candidates may submit applications electronically by visiting Tenured Faculty Position in Clinical Nutrition or email Ms. Gail Thames at [email protected] for more information.

The following required materials should be uploaded:

  1. A description of research plans
  2. Full curriculum vitae
  3. A list of 3-5 references

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates, including women and minorities, are encouraged to apply.

To find other career opportunities, please visit UCLA Health Careers website.


Clinical Nutrition Fellowship

The Clinical Nutrition Fellowship is available to physicians who have completed their residency training in Internal Medicine and are pending or have received board certification in Internal Medicine.  The program typically lasts for 1 year and involves a combination of direct patient care and research opportunities.   One additional year for research is optional.  More information is available about our fellowship here.


Clinical Nutrition Post Doc

The UCLA Department of Medicine, Center for Human Nutrition is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to join the team with Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, to understand how diet interacts with the immune system and gut microbes in colitis development. The successful applicant will use human tissues, cell culture system and mouse models to evaluate the dietary supplementation in IBD progression and the potential of applying dietary supplementation in IBD management.

Applications are being sought from recent Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. graduates with a strong background in molecular and cell biology.  The successful candidate will work independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with Dr. Zhaoping Li and other collaborating Research Scientists.  The successful candidate will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout the training period. The candidate will develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols, analyze, and interpret data, and assist in preparation of grant proposals. The candidate may study molecular mechanisms of interactions between diet and microbes, or the role of the microbiome in influencing immune function and inflammatory diseases.  Candidate is encouraged to apply for for K01 grant or T32 funding.

The UCLA Center for Human Nutrition has been working closely with several multi-disciplinary teams investigating how the diet, gut microbiome interacts with host systems to regulate human health and disease.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Assisting in the preparation of grant proposals but is not responsible for generating grant funds. Participate in publications and presentations as the first author or co-author. Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator. Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data. Operates and maintains equipment and instruments. Develop figures, searches scientific literature, assists in writing manuscripts, and presents data at local and national meetings.


Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.

Recent PhD graduates (within 3 years of graduating) with a strong background in animal models of inflammation, microbiome studies, and/or macrophage biology, preferred.

Experience and Skillset:

Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment. Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis, and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment. Skilled in primary and cell line cell culture, flow cytometry, mouse-handling, computational data handling and analysis is highly desirable.

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Letter of Interest
  • Reprints of 3 peer-reviewed publications in which the applicant is a co-author

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

Letters of recommendation required

Please contact Gail Thames at [email protected] 

Nurse Practitioner - Clinical Nutrition/Westwood

Join our team as a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Clinical Nutrition 

The NP functions in an interdependent role by implementing the appropriate Standardized Procedures (SPs). By using the SPs the NP is able to change treatment regimen after observing signs and symptoms of illness, reactions to treatment, general behavior and physical condition and determines if they are abnormal findings (Ca Nursing Practice Act, subsection(b) of Section 2725).  The NP will provide and coordinate the care of patients, provide patient/family education, promote safe continuity of care.  The NP also participates in interdisciplinary and clinical rounds, provides education and support, as well as makes appropriate referrals and documents services rendered.


  • MSN/DNP in Adult Acute Care NP (AG-ACNP) Specialty – required
  • CA RN and CA NP License-required
  • National Board Certification in NP Specialty- required
  • BLS certification from American Red Cross or American Heart Association -required
  • NPI #, DEA #, Enrollment in PECOS, Enrollment in CURES -required
  • Previous clinical experience with individuals requiring nutrition support (tube feeding, TPN) OR previous experience with the adult population that may have intestinal failure or malabsorption – preferred
  • NPII: 6 months or greater NP experience
    NPI: less than 6 months NP experience

Ability to utilize excel, word and other software programs – required
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with administrative, clinical and academic personnel- required
Skill in working independently and following through with minimum direction -required
Ability to set priorities – required
Demonstrate writing skills to compose logical, detailed and grammatically correct correspondence- required
Document patient care in a concise and comprehensive manner -required

For more information or to apply, please view the job posting on UCLA health careers.

Registered Dietitian

We are looking for a Registered Dietitian to particpate in both research, clinical and educational duties.

Research: Under the direct supervision of the Manager and Principal Investigator, you will provide dietary assessments and counsel to participants according to a research protocol as well as assist with the recruitment, enrollment, data collection/entry for research studies.

Clinical:  In the clinical setting, you will work with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses to plan, organize, and coordinate nutritional intervention activites as they relate to the UCLA Medical Weight Management Program and the Clinical Nutrition Clinic. 

Educational: You may be asked to participate in developing various didactic materials and teaching a variety of different learners, from patients to undergraduates to medical professionals.

For more information or to apply, please view the job posting on UCLA health careers.