Nutrition research and education

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)

Do you aspire to become an expert in your field? Are you curious? Do you have an insatiable appetite to understand topics in depth or to improve society's understanding of health? Would you like to publish your work and travel the world?

Then a career in nutrition research may be for you...

Research forms a key element in the decisions made to achieve human health.

Graduates can choose to work in research at universities or other research institutes and may gain employment with government and non-government organisations e.g. The Heart Foundation or The Cancer Council Australia, interested in how best to improve health.

Research careers in nutrition can be found in universities, hospitals, research institutes and in the food industry.

In a research role, your lecturers and tutors can find provide you with a wealth of knowledge. Or enrol in Deakin's practicum unit (once you have completed sufficient mandatory course units) to view and apply for research opportunities that are offered.

Job titles/roles

Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Scientist, Research Nutritionist, Research Assistant, University Tutor, Demonstrator.

Graduates wanting to further their qualifications can elect to do an honours degree. This can lead onto a Masters by Research or PhD.

In order to become an academic or work in a university, it is usual to complete a research degree such as a Masters by Research or PhD. Academics are usually engaged in either research-focused or teaching-focused roles.

Deakin Graduate: Jo Kennedy

Jo Kennedy is a Deakin Graduate that also completed post-graduate studies in Education. She now works as a Food technology teacher in a Victorian Secondary School.

Watch Jo Kennedy speak about her passion regarding food and teaching. [video 3:43 min]

Expert: Alfred Deakin Professor Kylie Ball

Professor Kylie Ball is a behavioural scientist with a PhD in psychology. Over the past 18 years, she has led a research program aimed at understanding and improving eating and physical activity behaviours and body weight, with a particular focus on high-risk groups such as people experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage.

Professor Ball has been awarded four nationally competitive research fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and National Heart Foundation. She has attracted over $20 million in funding to support her research. She has received numerous additional awards for her research, including the Australian Institute of Science and Policy Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award.

Professor Ball has published her research extensively, co-authoring more than 230 journal papers and one edited book. She is nationally and internationally recognised as one of the leading researchers in her field; for instance, in 2009 she was appointed as a Fellow of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, the peak scientific body in her field, having previously served as its elected President. Her research on obesity prevention has been influential in shaping national policy and she has been invited to serve on numerous expert advisory groups for government and non-government agencies.

In addition to her own program of research, Professor Ball played a lead role in the establishment of Deakin's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), in which she currently oversees, and is very passionate about, the career development and mentorship of early and mid-career researchers.

View Professor Kylie Ball's research journey. [video 3:20 min]

Expert: Dr. Susan Torres

Dr. Susan Torres is an Associate Head Of School (Teaching And Learning, Food, Nutrition And Dietetics) in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, the Faculty of Health, at Deakin University.  She combines teaching and research. She completed her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics and then worked in private practice as a dietitian in the area of children's health.  She then returned to Deakin University and completed her PhD, her area of interest is diet and mental health.

Dr. Susan Torres explains why research is important for health and disease prevention in the following video. [video 1:26mins]

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