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GUT MICROBIOME TENURED/TENURE-TRACK FACULTY (CLICK TO APPLY)

 

The position will conduct research in the realm of the gut microbiome and its impact on human nutritional status and responses to foods/diets. The position 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.

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.

The position will also be responsible for graduate student mentorship, presenting research at local, regional and national conferences, publications, grantsmanship, participation in collaborative research projects with PHHI faculty, NCRC partners and Main Campus faculty as relevant and applicable to human health.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC. See job posting for more details.

NURTIGENOMICS TENURED/TENURE-TRACK FACULTY (CLICK TO APPLY)

This position is expected to conduct research in the arena of nutritional genomics. Candidates are expected to demonstrate expertise in characterization, metabolic phenotyping and metagenomic technologies to analyze associations between diet and health status. The position will develop a transdisciplinary research program to investigate how foods influence human genes, and how individual genetic differences condition human response to dietary constituents. Through the placement of this position, this faculty member will interface with a complementary team of faculty to explore hypothesis-driven studies targeting specific nutrient-metabolic and nutrient-disease pathways.

Research experience and focus include diet/gene interactions (dietary components include phytoactive, extranutritional compounds as well as nutrients); diet-regulated conditioning of human chronic disease susceptibility or resistance; dietary interventions used to mitigate disease incidence; and epigenetic impacts on host physiology and health outcome.

The position will also be responsible for graduate student mentorship, presenting research at local, regional and national conferences, publications, grantsmanship, participation in collaborative research projects with PHHI faculty, NCRC partners and Main Campus faculty as relevant and applicable to human health.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC. See job posting for more details.

RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

The Research Scholar position will conduct, design, and perform advanced genetic/genomic research studies with an emphasis on health-protective traits, including enhanced concentrations and profiles of phytoactive compounds to further develop new cultivars that meet the present and future needs of the NC small fruit and vegetable industries. The position will coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project, including the development of independent research objectives. The position will contribute to the writing of publications, preparation of technical reports, manuscripts and presentations, as well as grant proposal development to support research funding initiatives. The position will assist/participate in PHHI and University sponsored programs. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

This position requires a PhD in horticulture, plant breeding, plant genetics or related field, as well as experience in plant genetics/genomics (preferably with small fruits or vegetables), molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

The Plants for Human Health Institute Translational Nutrition faculty, Dr. Mario Ferruzzi, is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar. The position is expected to conduct research in the group related to understating the impact of plant secondary metabolites on food quality and human health.

The position will coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project. The position will assist in preparation of technical reports, grant proposals, manuscripts and presentations, including development of independent research objectives. The position will also handle general laboratory management, including but not limited to, instrument maintenance, ordering and management of supplies, and work flows through the lab, as well as responsible for EH&S and safety regulation compliance.

This position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in Food Science, Nutrition Science, Chemistry/Biochemistry, or related field, awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. Additional experience required includes extraction and analysis of phytochemicals in foods and biological tissues, as well as experience working with phytochemical ingredient systems including emulsions, encapsulants, and plant based protein carriers.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

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.

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

The position will help to elucidate the bioactivity of large fractions and/or isolated compounds from fresh fruits and vegetables, to gain knowledge of how this bioactivity relates to improvement in human health, more specifically in the areas of aging, arteriosclerosis or immunomodulation.

The successful candidate should be able to build coherent experimental projects from basic bioactivity to intricate molecular mechanisms, using in-vivo and in-vitro tools. The successful candidate will interface with scientific personnel from the Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI) but also from the North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Appalachian State University (ASU), all located in the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) building on the NCRC.

This position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in Molecular Biology or a related field, awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. An ideal candidate will have 2 years of experience in the field of molecular biology and molecular pathways elucidation, as it relates to human disease, aging, arteriosclerosis, or immunomodulation, be familiar with and up-to-date to BSL-2 level experimentation and requirements, and to be able to maintain a safe, BSL-2 standard experimental environment.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC and funded by Dole.

PHD CANDIDATE – PINEAPPLE GENOMICS AND METABOLOMICS

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We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (www.p2ep.org) based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.  The successful candidate will be enrolled in NC State University’s Department of Horticultural Science, and its PhD program will include a minor in Nutrition. The PhD program will be partially supported through the Dole Nutrition Research Institute.

Within the P2EP team, the PhD student will establish genomic resources and develop new genomic tools for the pineapple crop, and use these assets to 1) characterize pathways that lead to important metabolites accumulated in pineapple and 2) determine the genetic basis of resistance to relevant fungal diseases and/or nematodes. Dole has access to a vast range of pineapple biodiversity to facilitate this research quest, and these plant materials will be fully available to the selected candidate.

Start date – Spring 2017

For further information or to apply, contact: Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, Department of Horticultural Science, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University

 


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