Position Number: 00106400
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Plants for Human Health Institute's (PHHI) research aims to pioneer a dramatic shift in the use of plant food crops, not just as a source of nutrients and calories, but as a source of bioactive plant components that protect and enhance human health. Integrated research in metabolomics, biochemistry, pharmacogenomics, breeding, molecular biology, postharvest attributes, and phytochemistry will be geared towards development of fruit and vegetable produce with pharmacologically-relevant levels of health-protective phytochemical complexes. The ultimate goal is to develop and characterize existing as well as new candidate crops with unique merit for human health and wellness.
Essential Job Duties: 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. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and university goals. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups. The Department, as well as NC State University, are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. *This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.*
Minimum Education/Experience: Ph.D. degree in relevant field or an appropriate field of study with documented background in human nutritional responses to food, metabolism, human health, and microbiome.
Department Required Skills: 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. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience 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. Post Doc Experience. Work experience in a collaborative research environment. Supervisory skills. Research experience relevant to human health.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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