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Department: 110308 - Kannapolis Research
Location: Kannapolis, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will assist the Principal Investigator (Dr. Neilson) in the Plants for Human Health Institute, by leading and conducting research, general laboratory management, and provide some mentoring of graduate students as appropriate. This will include conducting advanced independent and/or directed research with a focus on the interaction between plant-derived phytochemicals, the human microbiome and nutrition/health. Major research thrusts will involve how structurally complex phytochemicals are metabolized into microbial metabolites that may modulate onset of metabolic syndrome, among others.
The majority of work will be performed using 3 key research tools:
1) rodent models of nutrition/disease, 2) mammalian and/or bacterial cell culture, or in vitro fecal fermentations 3) and instrumental analysis (particularly LC-MS/MS).
This will include study design, collection and analysis of data, ensuring quality of data, basic statistics analysis, generating tables and figures for presentation (in manuscripts and conference presentations) as it relates to impacts on human health, participation in preparation and submission of manuscripts, reports and grant proposals.
Other general duties will include general lab and instrument maintenance and management as well as other duties as assigned.
In addition to performing assigned experiments, the successful incumbent will contribute to the intellectual direction of the lab by identifying important research questions, formulating hypotheses and designing experiments (including adoption of new techniques into the lab) to test those hypotheses.
This postdoctoral position will provide support to peers, collaborative partners and students. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and submit, with guidance from the Principal Investigator, USDA and/or NIH postdoctoral fellowship applications.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.
Required Education: Doctoral Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, Nutrition Science, Toxicology, or related field.
Analytical chemistry (particularly LC-MS/MS), rodent work (gavage, injection, blood collection, etc.), in vitro work.
Ability to lead complex research projects with knowledge of advanced analytical chemistry techniques as appropriate for plant-derived phytochemicals.
Responsible for data acquisition, statistical processing and interpretation, as well as development and maintenance of datasets, and use of basic statistical software packages.
Demonstrated record of publishing primary research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Ability to train and supervise students and visiting scholars.
Demonstrate the ability to work independently and creatively.
Strong written and oral communication skills, and be able to articulate clearly the scientific and technical needs in the field.
Set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting.
Experience in one or more of the following areas: polyphenol chemistry; ELISAs/RIAs; xenobiotic pharamcokinetics and metabolism; mammalian cell culture; anaerobic microbiology or fermentation; fractionation or preparative chromatography; physiology of diabetes/obesity.
Required license or certification:
Position Number: 00107210
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