Part of the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Nutrition Research Institute is home to accomplished research scientists with expertise in a range of fields, including nutrition, genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, epidemiology, toxicology, psychology, and medicine. Separately and together they are breaking ground in the field of precision nutrition by understanding the reasons for metabolic variation, which include genetic, epigenetic, dietary, and environmental causes.
Faculty and Research Opportunities
The UNC Nutrition Research Institute offers opportunities for faculty and researchers to refine or expand a nutrition-related research program. The Institute is particularly interested in research related to nutrigenomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, clinical nutrition and/or energy expenditure.
UNC NRI Faculty Fellows:
The UNC Nutrition Research Faculty Fellows are faculty scholars affiliated with the NRI, but located at the UNC Chapel Hill main campus in Chapel Hill. These scholars collaborate with Institute faculty members in Kannapolis on a research project of mutual interest or they conduct research at the NRI using NRI expertise and equipment, perhaps one of the NRI’s Kannapolis-based Cores (e.g. the Human Research Core, the Nutritional Biochemistry Core, or the Nutrigenomics Core).
Nominations are solicited annually (usually in October) and interested faculty may submit a research proposal or concept paper (not to exceed five pages) with a funding request (a preliminary budget and budget justification). Applicants should also attach a curriculum vitae. Funding for faculty fellows’ projects depends on the scope and length of the project, but generally does not exceed $50,000. Fellows are expected to make regular visits between Chapel Hill and Kannapolis to facilitate collaboration, conduct research/experiments, and present research findings in seminars in both locations.
Prospective applicants should contact Susan Smith PhD, Deputy Director for Science at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UNC NRI Visiting Faculty Scholars:
The UNC Nutrition Research Institute invites applications from non-UNC Chapel Hill faculty to visit the UNC Nutrition Research Institute for a limited period of time (minimum 3 months, maximum 12 months). Faculty scholars may spend a summer or a sabbatical here at the NRI. The UNC NRI encourages applications from researchers who are innovators, who can contribute to interdisciplinary discussions of how to advance individualized or precision nutrition, and who have an interest in collaborating with UNC NRI faculty. Research space, research funding, and a stipend may be provided.
Prospective applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, Director, email@example.com. The letter should detail what the investigator would like to accomplish at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, as well as a proposed timeline and a preliminary budget. The maximum amount that may be requested is $150,000 for a 12 month period.
Apply to be a Faculty Fellow
Interested faculty may submit a research proposal or concept paper (not to exceed five pages) with a funding request (a preliminary budget and budget justification). Applicants should also attach a curriculum vitae.
Prospective applicants should contact Susan Smith, PhD, Deputy Director for Science, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Apply to be a Visiting Faculty Scholar
Prospective applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, Director, email@example.com.
The letter should detail what the investigator would like to accomplish at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, as well as a proposed timeline and a preliminary budget. The maximum amount that may be requested is $150,000 for a 12 month period.
Doctoral Student Opportunites
Faculty members in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill who are located at the Nutrition Research Institute have openings for outstanding doctoral students. This is an exceptional opportunity to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility with cutting-edge scientific programs.
2020 Doctoral Student Opportunities
These faculty members currently have openings for doctoral students. Funding for stipend, in-state tuition, reimbursement, and costs associated with research expenses and the dissertation project will be covered. Please email faculty members directly to discuss your interest. For more information about their programs and working at the NRI, click any name below to take you to the faculty member’s page.
How to Apply for a Doctoral Student Position
To begin the application process click the button below to the PhD program application page on the UNC-Chapel Hill website.
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