The USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a permanent full-time Research Nutritionist/ Physiologist/Biologist with a salary range of $76,721 to $140,146. (Salary may be adjusted based on release of the GS 2021 pay schedule.)
Using a systems-minded approach, the incumbent plans, implements, and reports the results of interdisciplinary research designed to provide a greater understanding of the influences of soil management practices and food production practices upon the nutritional quality and post-harvest traits that may lead to enhanced health promoting properties of grains, pulses, and other foods produced in the Northern Great Plains. The incumbent will conduct independent as well as team-based research and will be expected to develop productive collaborations with scientists from universities, industry, and government and other stakeholders. The incumbent will effectively translate and communicate research results to the public.
To enhance the integrated, systems nature of this position, the incumbent will be located at, collaborate with crop scientists at, and have access to multiple facilities at the USDA-ARS Edward T. Shafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota and will work closely with soil and range scientists at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory located in Mandan, North Dakota. The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center provides direct interaction with nutrition scientists allow for use of numerous facilities including a human performance/body composition laboratory, controlled-feeding kitchen facilities, a residential metabolic unit, a behavioral choice/psychophysiology laboratory, a vivarium, a genomics core, a mass spectrometry core, a nutritional analytics/clinical chemistry core, and a statistical/data processing core. To apply, please visit USAJOBS https://www.usajobs.gov/ and search for vacancy announcement ARS-D21Y-10983378-CMH. Direct questions to Dr. Matthew Picklo (firstname.lastname@example.org). USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center located in eastern North Dakota is staffed by 13 senior scientists and 80 support personnel. It is one of six Human Nutrition Research Centers operated by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Grand Forks Center is part of the Plains Area of ARS.
The mission of the ARS National Program in Human Nutrition is to conduct basic and applied research to identify and understand how nutrients and other bio-active food components affect human health. The ultimate goal of this food-based agricultural research is to identify foods and diets, coupled with genetics and physical activity that sustain and promote health throughout the life cycle.
The Center's innovative research and achievements have:
Demonstrated that eating farmed Atlantic salmon improves blood lipoprotein profiles and improves omega-3 fatty acid levels in people.
Determined barriers and facilitators to following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on a rural, Northern Plains American Indian reservation.
Established, for the first time, that physical activity reinforcement is a determinant of whether adults meet the physi...cal activity goals outlines in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Demonstrated that adults lose weight when burning 3000 calories per week during exercise, but not when burning 1500 calories per week during exercise.
Established that drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage with a meal significantly alters energy metabolism and the motivation to snack.
Validated the use of skin carotenoid status as a biomarker of change in vegetable and fruit intake.
Developed state-of-the-art lipidomic analyses for the study lipid status in humans.
Demonstrated that physical activity and timing of eating can reduce the development of obesity and inflammation in experimental animals.
Demonstrated maternal and paternal diet and exercise affect fat, skeletal muscle, and placental tissue epigenetic processes to contribute to offspring obesity in experimental animals.
Demonstrated that obesity increases inflammation in the colon and changes the composition of the colonic microbiome in experimental animals.
The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center has been a world leader in nutrition research for more than 30 years. The current foundation of our research is:
Health Roles of Food
The Center has numerous partnerships with regional, national, and international universities, local, state, and federal agencies as well as commodity groups. The Center also has partnerships with Native American communities and tribal colleges to address obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in high-need, under-served communities.
The 92,000-square-foot building contains state-of-the-art facilities for research with humans and animals, multiple chemical and biochemical laboratories. It has an annual appropriated budget of $9.3 million.
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