This postdoctoral fellow position is at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC), one of six national USDA-ARS funded Human Nutrition Research Centers. Candidates will be affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The postdoctoral trainee will work as part of an interdisciplinary and translational team with access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources to carry on both clinical and basic studies.
Candidates will be actively involved in a clinical project aimed at understanding the mechanisms and long-term consequences of maternal diet, obesity and physical activity on offspring metabolism and obesity. These projects are supported by NIH and USDA grants. Candidates will characterize the phenotype and metabolism of pregnant women enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of exercise during pregnancy and the phenotype of their children at age 1 and 2 years, as well as children from an ongoing longitudinal cohort of 300 pregnant women. Specifically, stable isotope techniques will be used to characterize energy expenditure and fatty acid oxidation, while dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry will be used to evaluate body composition in children. The position offers opportunities for new hypotheses generation and testing, and will support independent thinking. Mentoring for grant writing will be provided and grant submission will be encouraged.
Doctorate degree in nutrition, physiology or related field required.
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