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Position: Research Associate
Company: North Carolina A&T
Location: NC US

The primary purpose of this position is to study the preventative effects of bioactive food components on the development of chronic diseases including diabetes, diabetic complications, obesity, age-related diseases, and colorectal cancer.

Specific projects involve:

  • To study the effects of food toxins, such as reactive carbonyl species and advanced glycation end products on the development of chronic diseases using in-vitro assays and rodent models.
  • To study the preventative effects of dietary polyphenols, such as flavonoids in general, gingerols, shogaols, stilbenes, and carnosic acid on the development of chronic diseases using in-vitro assays and rodent models.
  • To understand the molecular mechanisms of food bioactives focusing on protein glycation pathways for carbonyl stress, and Nrf2 pathways for oxidative stress.
  • To study dietary biomarkers using omic approaches.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies is a key partner at the North Carolina Research Campus – a $1.5 billion world-class biopolis dedicated to making breakthrough discoveries in nutrition and human health. CEPHT is administered by the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C. We extend N.C. A&T’s land-grant mission of learning, outreach and research to improve education, the state’s economy and the health of humanity.
The Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies fosters interdisciplinary research in post-harvest technologies, including:

  • Developing and testing functional foods
  • Isolating and characterizing the health-promoting components in foods
  • Improving processes to extend shelf life, and control spoilage and foodborne pathogens
  • Developing new, value-added products from agricultural commodities
  • Evaluating and modeling consumer acceptance of food products
  • Developing and testing novel biodegradable and bioactive food packaging
  • Optimizing parameters for process-engineering

CEPHT seeks science-based solutions to post-harvest issues facing growers, food processors, distributors and consumers. We provide seminars, short courses, workshops, and educational materials that respond to the needs of growers, and food processing and packing industries.
Analytical, advisory & contractual services
With our advanced tools, facilities and personnel, CEPHT is prepared to help producers, processors, distributors and retailers with all aspects of post-harvest processing, including packaging, consumer research, analysis of food components, and development of new food products.

Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. in food sciences, nutritional biochemistry, or closely related fields from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of five years of professional and research experience in functional foods/bioactive compounds for chronic disease prevention.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
  • Research experience studying the effects of dietary flavonoids on the methylglyoxal and high-fat diet induced protein glycation in mice is a plus.
  • Research/training experience in nutrigenomics and/or metabolomics is a plus as prior experience in research and development on bioactive food components.
  • Professional experience should clearly demonstrate the ability to motivate, lead, and/or supervise the activities of others.
  • A distinctive publication track record in relevant areas and excellent oral and written communication skills is a plus.
  • Continuous self-development , publication activity, learning and sharing research experience is expected from the candidate.

Required License or Certification

Position Information
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Research Associate

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Commensurate with education and experience


Position Type
Administrators & Research

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Time Limited – Full-time

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You must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application.

Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a DD 214 form. Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with your application during the process of applying to the job posting. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks.

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