The Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University conducted preclinical and clinical studies on the biochemical and physiological basis and functional outcomes of antioxidant nutrients, phytochemicals and functional foods to determine their role in health promotion and disease prevention during aging process via modulation of oxidative stress, inflammation, glucoregulation, and microbiota. The primary mission of our laboratory is to substantiate health benefits of antioxidants, phytochemicals (bioactives), and plant foods in metabolic diseases and cognition. We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on a project to test a hypothesis that supplemental fruit and vegetable phytochemicals will slow or reverse signs of metabolic aging by enhancing mitochondrial capacity in older, overweight/obese adults as well as shift their metabolomic signature toward those of younger, leaner adults. The fellow will work closely with the faculty investigators and the research team in the laboratory to complete the funded project.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The post-doctoral fellow involves the design, conduct, and analysis, of the funded human trial, and drafting of reports and papers for presentation and publication. Emphasis will be placed on leading original analyses and preparing manuscripts. The fellow will also assist in the development of new grant proposals. Opportunities to expand the scope of this work are also available, and encouraged.
Candidates must have a doctoral-level degree in nutritional science, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology or a related field. Experience with human studies, handling peripheral blood monocyte cells, flow cytometry, and ELISA assays is preferable. Experience in the analyses of data and with statistics and excellent written and oral communication skills are desirable.
The position is available in May 2016 and is presently supported for 2 years. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/educational opportunities are offered. The ability to work in the US is required in order to apply for this position.