A World-Class Place to Work

The Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) studies why people’s metabolism and nutrient requirements differ from person to person. As scientists, physicians, and healthcare practitioners better understand nutritional individuality, they will be able to enhance human health, improve brain development, and more effectively treat diseases like obesity, cancer, and diabetes. The NRI is located on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina and is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

All employees of the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) are employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.



Why Come to Kannapolis?

Brandi Childers

Brandi Childers

Assistant Director for Training, Programs and Partnerships


More Reasons

  • Assured hard money funding support for faculty research programs
  • Generous start-up packages for faculty members
  • State-of-the-art research facilities in the 125,000 square foot UNC Nutrition Research Institute
  • Cutting edge instrumentation available at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory
  • Tenure or tenure track appointments
  • Innovative team-oriented approach to science
  • Co-located with six other universities
  • Workforce training and support provided by the North Carolina Community College System
  • Incubator facilities on campus for science companies and venture capital to help finance such companies, providing an exceptional opportunity for the translation of science into application
  • Kannapolis’ low cost of living, small town appeal, and proximity to Charlotte and its world-class amenities
  • 350 acre North Carolina Research Campus’ mixed-use design totaling one million square feet of office and laboratory space, 350,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and approximately 700 new residential units
  • Vision – be a leader in scientific discovery and breakthroughs in nutrition sciences

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Where We Are

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute building is located on the 350-acre NC Research Campus in Kannapolis.

UNC Chapel Hill

The Nutrition Research Institute is a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With an environment that inspires pioneering research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, UNC Chapel Hill has long been an agent for economic prosperity in North Carolina. At the NRI we are proud of our Carolina heritage and to be representing it on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

NC Research Campus

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte, is home to eight university research centers, plus industry, government and nonprofit organizations that share the goal of empowering human health through nutrition. Collectively, scientists focus on understanding the science behind precision nutrition and safer, more nutritious crops and foods.