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The faculty member will conduct research in the realm of the gut microbiome and its impact on human nutritional status and responses to foods/diets. The successful candidate will develop a transdisciplinary research program to investigate the influence of intestinal microbiota on human metabolism and health, associations between dietary plant-based nutrients and phytochemicals and the microbiome, and impact of the gut microbiota on energetics, obesity, and associated chronic diseases. Relevant foci include regulation of microbial communities by dietary intervention, exploration of phytonutrient-macronutrient interaction on microbial growth and diversity, effects of diversity and community structure on health of the human host, and mechanistic studies modeling cell signaling and communication between microbial species and host. Collaboration with ongoing clinical trials is anticipated. Applicants should ideally have some experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis of microbiota from clinical samples or relevant animal models, including taxonomy, identification, sequencing, and bioinformatics.

Expertise in characterization, metabolic phenotyping and metagenomics technologies will be required to interpret associations between intestinal microbes and the dietary metabolites produced, and to investigate nutritional strategies for prevention and attenuation of chronic degenerative diseases via microbial modulation.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.


The Plants for Human Health Institute is seeking a highly motivated and talented scientist with solid lab skills in Arabidopsis genetics and epigenetics to fill an NSF-funded postdoctoral position to study the mechanism of genomic imprinting regulated by active DNA demethylation in Arabidopsis. The focus of this project is to use a combination of molecular biology, genetic, genomic, and bioinformatic approaches to study how DEMETER DNA glycosylase is recruited to its target sites for demethylation. The position will function as an independent researcher actively advancing the goals of the project.

This position requires a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, developmental biology, or related fields with solid experimental skills, such as a strong background in protein interaction assays, genomic analyses (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, BS-seq), or protein biochemistry assays. Additional required experience includes skills in areas such as plasmid cloning, confocal microscopy, image analysis, Arabidopsis transformation, basic plant care.

An ideal candidate for this position  will have 3 years of postdoctoral experience and at least 5 years of relevant laboratory experience. This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.


The Plants for Human Health Institute at NC State University is seeking a highly motivated and talented scientist to fill a two-year Postdoctoral Research Scholar position in Dr. Sirius Li’s lab. This position is expected to actively advance the research of the following possible projects; 1) understanding the mechanism of lignin-modification-induced-dwarfism by characterizing recently isolated suppressor mutants, and 2) natural variation guided characterization of genes/enzymes in plant specialized metabolism.

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Developmental Biology, or related fields, awarded no more than five years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment is required.

An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Background in Arabidopsis genetics, developmental biology, or specialized metabolism.
  • Experience in study of transcription factors and skills in ChIP-seq, protein interaction assays, or recombinant protein expression and enzyme assays.
  • Experience in contributing to the writing of research publications, grant applications, and research progress reports.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC at the NC Research Campus.

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