Postdoctoral Research Associate – Cheatham Lab

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Department Nutrition Research Institute - 633300
Posting Open Date 08/01/2022
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate – Cheatham Lab
Vacancy ID PDS003546
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Kannapolis NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent Upon Qualifications
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Learning how people can eat uniquely!
The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is an internationally recognized center conducting innovative basic and translational science to establish how individual differences in nutrient requirements and responses to diet affect our nutritional needs. Our research contributes to the prevention and mitigation of chronic disease across the lifespan from periconception through aging.
Our Mission is to lead precision nutrition research through understanding how genetics and environment affect an individual’s requirements for and responses to nutrients.
NRI principal investigators hold faculty appointments in the departments of Nutrition and Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. Their research interrogates nutrient roles in disease prevention, disease risk factors, and the impact of gene-environment and gene-nutrient interactions.
The NRI promotes excellence in nutrition knowledge, teaching, and research. We seek and encourage a diversity of experiences and ideas and provide the tools and flexibility for all employees to achieve success and excellence within their chosen occupations and aspirations.
We are committed to open dialogue, careful listening, becoming educated about the systems that hinder or prevent success, and taking action to ensure that all are equally acknowledged for their contributions and equally reap the benefits of being part of our community.
Our Vision is to use scientific discovery to ensure optimal health through individualized nutrition.
Everyone who works at the NRI supports this hopeful vision. Working at the NRI means doing good for the world. Join us!
The NRI and this position are in Kannapolis, NC, in the Charlotte region.
Position Summary
The Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab at the UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, NC is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to coordinate a study the effects of choline, docosahexaenoic acid, and lutein in human milk on the cognitive abilities of infants. Coordinating this funded study involves recruiting exclusively breastfeeding moms and their infants from the community, applying the nutrition intervention, running all the sessions (including testing the infants on behavioral and electrophysiological assessments), and maintaining all study documentation. The postdoc will be exposed to a vibrant environment at the Nutrition Research Institute with biochemists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and clinicians. Training will be provided for the study, but preference will be given to those with experience in electrophysiology and/or behavioral testing of infants. The project involves EEG data collection and analysis, as well as behavioral studies in the laboratory. There are also opportunities for the development of novel research directions adjacent to the primary studies.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
PhD required 
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Ability to conduct infant research, knowledge of human psychology and neuroscience, ability to attend to detail, and ability to compose error-free documents typical in the course of conducting human studies (such as IRB applications, descriptions, grant applications, reports and manuscripts for publication); ability to converse confidently with people from all walks of life to recruit for the study. Experience with Excel spreadsheets, social media recruiting, and infant assessments is a must.  Infant assessments include collecting valid ERP (electrophysiological paradigm) and Bayley Scales of Infant Development data. The successful candidate will have experience with these assessments or similar assessments with transferable skills. Valid driver’s license is required.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Doctorate in Developmental Psychology, Psychology, or comparable discipline, or equivalent terminal degree from foreign institution. Candidate must provide approved foreign degree verification. Conversational Spanish and phlebotomy would be a plus.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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Department Contact Name and Title Brandi Childers, Assistant Director
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