Director, Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center

Arkansas Children's
Arkansas, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 04, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center (ACNC) is a cooperative effort of the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Arkansas Children's Research Institute (ACRI) in collaboration with UAMS and the Department of Pediatrics. Established in 1994 on the ACH campus and officially opened in 1997, the ACNC is one of six National Human Nutrition Centers funded through the USDA-ARS and one of two centers to focus primarily on pediatric/maternal nutrition and metabolic health.

The mission of the ACNC is to conduct cutting-edge research to understand how maternal-child nutrition and physical activity optimize health and development. The ACNC uses state-of-the-art procedures, equipment, and facilities to determine how early-life exposures to dietary factors, physical activity, and other factors can affect physiology, including brain and behavior, bone, adipose and body composition, metabolic organs and GI tract, cardiovascular system, and others. With approximately 54,000 ft2 of shared research space, the two-story ACNC provides clinical research facilities, research laboratories, equipment, and core facilities designed for its team of over 60 scientists and support staff.

The Director of the ACNC will be a Professor (tenure track) in the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Developmental Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine.  The Director will lead the ACNC in fulfilling its mission of conducting cutting-edge research to understand how maternal-child nutrition and physical activity optimize health and development.

In addition to providing overall direction to ACNC’s Core research areas, the Director will mentor and support junior faculty members; foster the education of pre- and post-doctoral scientists (which may include teaching, training and supervision); ensure optimum use of available resources and state of the art research methods and procedures; and represent the ACNC on important matters to ACRI and UAMS, the USDA, other academic institutions, community leaders and the private sector. The Director will possess high-level scientific research, strategic planning, managerial, budgetary, and people leadership skills.

Arkansas Children’s is being assisted in this process by Spencer Stuart. To confidentially submit comments, questions, nominations or expressions of interest, please send an e-mail with any supporting materials to Senior Associate Raquel Lentnek at

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