ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Research Project: The project is entitled "Roles of Circadian Disruption in Breast Cancer Development". This project uses rodent models to investigate the effects of and the underlying mechanisms by which circadian disruption by dietary malpractice in puberty lead to aberrant mammary gland development and increase breast cancer risk.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following research activities: review literature pertaining to diet, nutrition, circadian rhythms, metabolism, and cancer prevention in humans; undergo required animal care and use training, e.g. AALAS training, perform research, data collected; analysis and interpretation, and reporting results under the mentor supervision; Encouraged to think independently, develop ideas, and test new methodologies.
To gain the knowledge and hands-on experience in research on diet, nutrition, metabolism, and their interactions in disease prevention and health promotion. To build the participant to be an independent investigator in the field of life, health, and medical sciences, emphasizing nutrition and disease prevention to promote health and wellbeing in humans.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Dr. Lin Yan (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 30, 2020. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDAARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields.
Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, cancer biology in the context of nutrition. Working knowledge of metabolism and animal physiology. Ability to plan and implement biomedical experiments, which includes the ethical and legal considerations pertaining to animal experimentation. Knowledge of statistics and the ability to use a computer and appropriate statistical software. Ability to interpret, evaluate, and present research in reports and publications.