Posted: Feb 17, 2021

USDA Research Nutritionist – Dietary Intake Analysis

Application Deadline: Mar 22, 2021

POSITION: The USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) located on the campus of the University of California, Davis is advertising a full-time, permanent Research Scientist position (Research Nutritionist, GS-0630-12;13) to study the effects of habitual dietary intake assessed using both standard and novel methods on human health.  The incumbent will develop a research program focusing on the development and use of dietary intake analysis methods for observational and intervention studies in healthy adults living in the U.S.  The incumbent will be a principal investigator managing an independent research program at the WHNRC, where there are 12 such scientists in two research units, Immunity and Disease Prevention (IDP), and Obesity and Metabolism.  The WHNRC has a major focus on human studies in healthy adults and also uses model systems (animal and cellular) to examine questions of importance to human nutrition.  The incumbent will have some intramural funding and will compete for extramural grants. 

TO APPLY: The position is open from 2/18/2021 to 3/22/2021.  Applications should be submitted via the USAJOBS website.  The announcement number is ARS-D21Y-11035657-FMM.  The link to this position announcement at USAJOBS is: U.S. citizenship is required for this position. 

MAJOR DUTIES: The incumbent will be a Research Nutritionist in the IDP Research Unit and will develop an independent research program focused on the development and use of dietary intake analysis methods to support research studies examining the effect of habitual dietary intake on risk of metabolic disease, including conditions linked to inflammation and the immune system.  The incumbent will be an expert in human nutrition and dietary intake analysis and will be part of a team of research scientists currently consisting of a microbiologist, immunologist, molecular biologist, and data scientist focusing on the effects of diet on the composition and activity of the intestinal microbiome, on the immune system and on risk of diseases related in inflammation and immune system activation.  The incumbent will develop an independent research program and will also provide collaborative support to the IDP research group on dietary intake analysis.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in human nutrition and research experience using dietary intake analysis methods in adults.  Experience with 24 h recall methods, food frequency questionnaires and similar methods is expected.  Additional experience developing novel methods to increase accuracy and precision, and/or decrease participant burden, is desirable.  The incumbent will also have knowledge and experience of current methods for the computational and statistical analysis and presentation of such dietary data.  A successful applicant is expected to have postdoctoral training and experience working in a human nutrition research setting.      

CONTACT: For further information about this position, contact Charles B. Stephensen, Ph.D., Research Leader, IDP Research Unit, USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center, 430 West Health Sciences Drive, University of California, Davis, CA 95616. E-mail: [email protected].

The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.