This position reports to Dr. Shengmin Sang, the Lead Scientist for Functional Foods at the Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies (CEPHT) at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, a unit within the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University. The appointment is a 12-month, 100% research appointment as a Research Scientist in the area of Functional Foods and Bioactive Phytochemicals. The person employed in this position will study the chemical composition, structure modification, bioavailability and bio-efficacy of components in functional foods and herbal medicine.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies fosters interdisciplinary research in post-harvest technologies, including: developing and testing functional foods, isolating and characterizing the health-promoting components in foods, improving processes to extend shelf life and control spoilage and food-borne pathogens, developing new value-added products from agricultural commodities, evaluating and modeling consumer acceptance of food products, developing and testing novel biodegradable and bioactive food packaging, and optimizing parameters for process-engineering.
CEPHT provides unique opportunities for experiential education of young scientists in cutting-edge technologies and applied post-harvest research. CEPHT seeks science-based solutions to post-harvest issues facing growers, food processors, distributors and consumers. We provide seminars, short courses, workshops, and educational materials that respond to the needs of growers, and food processing and packing industries. With advanced tools, facilities and personnel, CEPHT is prepared to help producers, processors, distributors and retailers with all aspects of post-harvest processing, including packaging, consumer research, analysis of food components, and development of new food products.
Internal job number: 000156
Ph.D. in natural products, food science and nutrition, or closely related fields.
A minimum of 5 years of professional and research experience in functional foods/bioactive compounds. Research/training experience in natural product chemistry, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, and bioavailability and biotransformation studies of bioactive food compounds is required. Research experience in studying dietary exposure markers, reactive carbonyl stress, and bioactive compounds in whole grains and ginger is a plus. Professional experience should clearly demonstrate the ability to motivate, lead, and/or supervise the activities of others. Research experience is exemplified by demonstrated ability to undertake a broad-based multi-disciplinary research program, a distinctive publication track record in relevant areas and excellent oral and written communication skills is a plus.
The following research skills are required:
Purification of phytochemicals from raw extracts using different column chromatography
Structure elucidation of bioactive natural products using 1D and 2D NMR spectra
Structure modification of bioactive components and synthesis of metabolites of food compounds using medicinal chemistry approaches
Using HPLC and LCMS to study the biotransformation and bioavailability of natural products in cells, mice and humans
Hands on experience with mice
Continuous self-development, publication activity, learning and sharing research experience are expected from the candidate.
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