Posted: May 12, 2022
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Postdoctoral Position in Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Full-time
Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: N/A
Academic/Research

The Dhillon Lab is looking for an enterprising postdoctoral researcher to join our research group in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Research projects are focused on cardiometabolic and immune health, gut microbiome, and omics techniques in the context of clinical nutrition and exercise interventions. Specific research directions for this position include effects of almond consumption on immune health and responsiveness, and the role of dietary patterns on cardiometabolic outcomes and host-microbiome interactions. These projects involve collection and analysis of blood, stool, and adipose tissue from humans. The successful candidate will be responsible for submitting IRB applications, managing clinical studies, performing wet lab techniques, assisting with data collection, preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting research results at scientific meetings, and working with Dr. Dhillon to manage research activities in the lab, and training students.

As a postdoc in our group, you will have the chance to establish your own systems and have a major impact in shaping the group’s culture. You will influence the group’s approach to science for the coming years. Postdocs will receive training in advanced wet lab techniques, omics data analyses, and career development. Initial funding is for a 2-year position renewable on a yearly basis. Postdocs will also be encouraged to apply for external support from agencies such as National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, etc. as part of their training. Salary will be based on NIH stipend levels.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate…
• A Ph.D. or equivalent in Nutrition Science, or closely related field
• Experience/interest in conducting nutrition clinical trials
• Experience/interest in cellular and molecular biology techniques
• Expertise in statistical analyses of data from clinical trials
• Familiarity with large biological data sets
• Critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity in multidisciplinary research
• Effective project and time management, mentorship, leadership, and interpersonal skills
• Strong oral and written communication

About the Dhillon Research Group and NEP: Our research group is located in Gwynn Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia (https://lab.drjaapnadhillon.com). NEP Department (https://nep.missouri.edu) houses state of the art research facilities including a large wet lab, metabolic kitchen (MUNCH), clinical facility (MU-PAW), and fitness center. We are a few minutes’ walk from the Clinical Research Center and Genomics Technology Core, and a short drive away from the Bioinformatics and Analytics Core, Metabolomics Center, and Metagenomics Center.

Application Process: Interested applicants are invited to apply here. A cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for two references (including affiliation, phone number, and email) are requested. The cover letter should include a preferred start date and concisely describe how the candidate’s prior experiences, research interests, and career goals align with this position.

Contact: Dr. Jaapna Dhillon
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
School of Medicine & College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri-Columbia
Email: [email protected]