DIRECTOR, NUTRITION RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Director of the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Director has institutional responsibilities for promoting and overseeing scientific research, educational, grant-development, and regional economic re-development activities. The Director of NRI has multiple responsibilities:
• Recruit, mentor and lead the activities of faculty members and their research teams
• Oversee administrative operations that provide services needed to sustain and grow the research and educational programs at the NRI that include the support for scientific and administrative staff, operations of the 125,000 sq ft building and six student houses.
• Oversee management of NRI budget.
• Liaison with UNC Chapel Hill Administration.
• Liaison with NRI Board of Advisors.
• Liaison with academic departments at UNC Chapel Hill.
• Liaison with UNC General Administration.
• Liaison with other units on the North Carolina Research Campus.
• Communicate with local and state officials.
• Work with development at UNC Chapel Hill to increase giving to NRI.
• Conduct the Director’s externally funded research program.

NRI is located in Kannapolis on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), about two hours from Chapel Hill (25 min from Charlotte NC). Also housed on the campus are programs from UNC Greensboro (Center for Translational Biomedical Research), NC Central University (Nutrition Research Program of the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute), NC A&T University (Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies), NC State University (Plants for Human Health Institute), Appalachian State (Human Performance Lab) and UNC Charlotte (Bioinformatics Services). The 125,000 sq. foot building that houses the NRI was completed and occupied in 2008. The NRI is currently the largest research center located on the NCRC, with more than 90 employees and occupying 96,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. The NRI is the only UNC Chapel Hill research institute located in central/western North Carolina and one of only three UNC Centers housed outside of the mother campus in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

The NRI works to discover why people differ in their metabolism and nutritional requirements through the study of health and human development and discovering how genetic, epigenetic, microbiome, metabolic mechanisms and environmental exposures affect a person’s requirements for and responses to nutrition. This understanding is used to ensure optimal health through precision nutrition.

Nominees and applicants for Director must have a record of distinguished nutrition research based scholarship, as well as the administrative, leadership, and grant-development skills required for a major research institution. The applicant should be a senior scholar who appreciates and fosters interdisciplinary research. The Director will have an appointment at the rank of full professor in an appropriate academic department at UNC.

Doctorate degree in related field.

Nominees and applicants for Director must have a record of distinguished nutrition research-based scholarship, as well as the administrative, leadership, and grant-development skills required for a major research institution. The applicant should be a senior scholar who appreciates and fosters interdisciplinary research. The Director will have an appointment at the rank of full professor in an appropriate academic department at UNC.

Applicants should submit an online application to http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/180384 with a letter of application, a current CV, and a list of references. Screening will begin immediately. The position will become available January 1, 2021. 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.

Please refer questions to:
Dr. Raz Shaikh
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Research
UNC Chapel Hill
shaikhsa@email.unc.edu
Chair, Search Committee for the Nutrition Research Institute Director

http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/180384