The Program in Human Nutrition aspires to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age, pregnant and lactating women, and infants and children in underserved areas through approaches including improved diets, fortified or biofortified foods, and vitamin and mineral supplements. To support these aims, we have a research laboratory where a variety of micronutrient biomarker assays are used to assess the vitamin and mineral status of populations in underserved areas. We will be conducting a study in rural Bangladesh to determine the dosage of several vitamins and minerals that is required to enhance micronutrient status to sufficiency levels among women of reproductive age and during pregnancy. This project will require careful assessment of biochemical status for a variety of fat- and water-soluble vitamins and minerals in several hundred women at multiple time points. The study is being conducted by a team of faculty and staff at the BSPH, an experienced field team at an established field site in rural Bangladesh, a collaborating in-country institution, and biostatisticians with expertise in pharmacokinetic modeling. We are seeking a PhD-level candidate to join the team of investigators on this project. The successful candidate will join as faculty with the title of Assistant Scientist in the Program in Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, and will take on leadership responsibilities within the micronutrient research laboratory as part of this study. Grant support continues through March of 2025 with potential to extend this position beyond that time and for professional growth in a related area of interest.
Scope of Work:
- In conjunction with other participating faculty and staff, guide and perform laboratory assessment of biomarkers of fat-soluble, B-vitamin, and/or mineral analytes; this includes some assay development, validation, quality control monitoring, and instrument troubleshooting (HPLC, ICP-MS, automated immunoassay instrumentation)
- Coordinate activities of 2-3 staff and 1-2 postdoctoral fellow/s
- Interact with field teams to ensure proper procedures for collecting, preserving, and shipping biospecimens, with potential for travel to the study site (~once per year)
- With laboratory manager, oversee receipt, storage, and organization of biospecimens; ensure inventory of laboratory and field supplies; ensure equipment maintenance
- With other experts on the study team, provide interpretation of study findings, including some data analysis and manuscript preparation