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Postdoctoral Fellow - Nutritional Sciences/Nutritional Biochemistry

Posted September 18, 2017

The Nutrition program within the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to support an NIH-funded project focused on studying biomarkers of sugars intake.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work in a multidisciplinary team of internal and external investigators, including nutritional epidemiologists, nutritionists, biologists and biostatisticians on investigating the performance of urinary sucrose and fructose, and carbon stable isotopes as biomarkers of sugars intake, and defining their future application in population research.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with interest in dietary methodology, and dietary biomarker development, laboratory experience and experience in conducting diet-related studies. While the successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, he/she will be responsible for coordinating the laboratory component of the project.  Main responsibilities will include: coordination of the laboratory part of the research protocol; laboratory analysis of biological samples; data management, analysis and interpretation; preparing peer-reviewed manuscripts and grant proposals; presenting at academic meetings; assisting in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students; and helping with other essential duties.  The candidate will have the opportunity to obtain training in design and implementation of feeding study protocols, dietary biomarker development and application; dietary measurement error issues; dietary validation; and grant writing.  Opportunities exist for first-authored manuscripts and development of new projects.  ASU Graduate College and the Office of Research and Special Project Administration offer numerous workshops and training opportunities in grant writing, research development and pedagogy.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or equivalent degree in nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, food science, or related field, within the last 5 years
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed first author publications
  • Proficiency in SPSS, SAS, or Stata
  • Being self-motivated, detail-oriented, team-oriented, creative, and able to work in a multi-cultural environment

Desired Qualifications

  • Research experience in conducting diet-related studies
  • Prior laboratory experience and knowledge of some laboratory techniques [e.g., high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)]
  • Research experience in statistical modeling of dietary data
  • Experience with training and supervising students

Application Deadline and Procedures

The initial close date for the position is September 25, 2017, however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only electronic applications will be reviewed. 

Applicants are asked to email the following as one PDF document to Natasha.Tasevska@asu.edu  with “Postdoc Application” in the subject line:

  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications and experience as they relate to the position, and a description of your research interests and goals;
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number). Finalists will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Only electronic applications will be reviewed.

Conditions of Appointment

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month appointment with support for professional travel. 

This is a grant-funded appointment for one year, with a strong probability of renewal for an additional year contingent on excellent performance and availability of funds. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to: Dr. Natasha Tasevska, Assistant Professor, Nutrition Program, by email at Natasha.Tasevska@asu.edu or by phone at (602) 827-2485. 

For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral researchers at ASU, please visit http://provost.asu.edu/postdoc.

About the Employer

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (SNHP) is dedicated to the provision of a rigorous, high-caliber education for students interested in Nutrition, Health Science, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Public Health.  SNHP is within the College of Health Solutions.  At the pulse of health, the College of Health Solutions (CHS) is dedicated to developing the health workforce of the future.

SNHP’s research is housed in the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center (HLRC), which has an impressive array of research facilities and equipment (e.g., research metabolic kitchen with dining area, clinical chemistry and biochemistry research laboratory, body composition and exercise laboratory), located in the newly constructed facilities in ABC-1 (Arizona Biomedical Complex) of the Downtown Phoenix Campus.  The HLRC has been developed to facilitate interactions among SNHP faculty and to promote collaborative research. Its mission is to encompass basic science, clinical, behavioral and community research, the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, the integration of transdisciplinary efforts, and the training of graduate students in healthy lifestyles research.

For additional information regarding ASU, the College of Health Solutions, and the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, go to http://about.asu.edu/ and https://chs.asu.edu.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law  (See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement and www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)