Food Health & Nutrition, Nutrition, Research & Development
The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking a highly qualified candidate for a permanent full-time Research Nutritionist to help us with our food-based agricultural research.
The selected candidate will serve as a Research Nutritionist in the research management unit entitled, “Dietary Prevention of Obesity Related Disease Research.”
The selected candidate will also be responsible for, but not limited to:
Conducting independent, as well as team-based, research
Planning, implementing and reporting the results of research designed to elucidate the nutritional/health values of meal patterns, meal timing, foods, and practices that influence the availability/bioavailability of food components particularly as they impact metabolic endpoints related to obesity, non-insulin dependent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Involvement in research that will emphasize the study of foods produced from Great Plains agricultural products when studying meal patterns, meal timing, individual foods and components within foods
Participation in research will involve primarily the use of human feeding studies that may be supported by mechanistic studies using animal models or cell culture.
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 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 research is to identify foods and diets, coupled with genetics and physical activity, that sustain and promote health throughout the life cycle.
Employees will have access to extensive state-of-the-art core research support services in the Center and its community satellite facilities:
A human performance/body composition laboratory (with DXA, indirect calorimetry, BodPod)
Controlled-feeding kitchen facilities
A residential metabolic unit
A behavioral choice/psychophysiology laboratory
A community-based laboratory imbedded in a fitness center (with DXA, indirect calorimetry, behavior testing)
Analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, and molecular biology core facilities
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Credentials as a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and experience in clinical nutrition research is preferred
A broad, fundamental knowledge of human nutrition and expertise in a related field such as food science, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, or medicine is preferred
An understanding of nutritional science, metabolism, and food composition with an emphasis on methods of clinical assessment, as well as of protocol development, experimental diets and pertinent ethical issues, and the ability to integrate data of a mechanistic and physiological (whole food/whole system) nature is preferred
The ability to interpret, evaluate, and report research results in peer-reviewed publications and to generate extramural funding is preferred
Knowledge of analytical chemistry, biochemical analysis, enzymology, instrumental analyses and functional testing of humans in ways that are relevant to nutritional and health outcomes is preferred
Completion of two-years of post-doctoral research training is preferred
About USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center
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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