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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.

 

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

This Postdoctoral Research Scholar position will contribute to the new Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) project on “Closing the gap in delivery of fruit & vegetable benefits”.

The position will use elite plant germplasm and emerging natural ingredient and product platforms to integrate fruit and vegetable bioactives and micronutrients into novel colloidal protein-polyphenol colloidal ingredients and prototype food products, with the aim of enhancing stability, nutrient density and bioaccessibility. Fruit/vegetable produce and waste streams will be mined as sources of value-added components. Colloidal particles will be analyzed for primary characteristics (size, solubility, composition) as well as functionality in prototype food products. Processed food products formulated with novel ingredients will be screened in parallel to those created with simple, uncomplexed fruit/vegetable powders to compare micronutrient/bioactive concentrations, stability, bioavailability and consumer acceptability.

This position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in Food Science, Bioprocessing or related field, awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. The ideal candidate will also have 2 years of experience in the field of food science/product formulation and the ability to evolve independently and develop new models of experimentation in cooperation with related research teams.

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.

 

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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