RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR – SUMNER LAB

POSITION: The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking applications for up to 2 research track assistant professor faculty members with expertise in untargeted metabolomics, exposome research, and nutrition. This position can begin May 1, 2020. The position is located at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute located on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis (near Charlotte, NC). These are research track appointments at the assistant professor level, who will work with the Metabolism and Metabolomics Laboratory directed by Dr. Susan Sumner. The NRI is part of the Department of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine, and is ranked among the top 5 Nutrition departments in the country.

OVERVIEW: The Nutrition Research Institute seeks to identify the mechanisms underlying metabolic/nutritional variability and to apply this understanding so as to explain individual responses to nutrients and diet. We seek faculty members with a research program focused on using metabolomics and exposome methods in precision nutrition. Investigators must use bench methods, with experience analyzing a wide range of biospecimens from model systems and human subjects by untargeted metabolomics. The research track faculty members will complement 15 faculty members who work at the Nutrition Research Institute and focus on why people differ in their metabolism and nutritional requirements and will use this understanding to develop the field of individualized nutrition (precision nutrition). A track record of peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals, and research conducted under competitive grant funding from the NIH (or equivalent) is required. An annual commitment of salary will be based on funding of the Metabolism and Metabolomics Laboratory directed by Dr. Susan Sumner.

The Nutrition Research Institute is housed in a modern 125,000 sf facility with state-of-the-art labs and equipment, outstanding core animal facility, and an outpatient human clinical facility. An instrumentation facility in microscopy, genomics and metabolomics, staffed by skilled scientists, will also be available to all Institute investigators.

The Nutrition Research Institute consists of 15 faculty members appointed in 2 departments with expertise in nutrition and metabolic variation. The Department of Nutrition consists of interdisciplinary faculty members housed in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. The Department provides a broad training curriculum in public health sciences and offers courses in the physiological, biochemical and behavioral aspects of nutrition and their applications in the health of human populations.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific responsibilities will include working with a team of researchers who in the Metabolism and Metabolomics Laboratory at NRI to perform research on several large-scale NIH grants, as well as R-level type grants. The individual will participate in designing studies, sample preparation, data acquisition, statistical and multivariate analysis, pathway mapping and interpretation of the data, manuscript preparation, presentations, and contribute to developing and maintaining a high-quality research program. The individual will have opportunities to apply for external funding as a PI or co-investigator, and to take on teaching and mentoring responsibilities, as well as to participate in the Institute’s and Department’s service programs.

Educational Requirements
An earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline, with experience in metabolomics data acquisition, data analysis, pathway mapping, interpretations, as well as experience performing research in NIH consortia.

Qualifications and Experience
Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to establish and collaborate in multidisciplinary, funded research programs, ability to publish in quality journals, as well as a clear track record of scholarly accomplishment and mentoring.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions
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Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

Please include a separate diversity statement which outlines examples of your past commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as how you believe you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings.

To learn more or apply, visit: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/178733

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