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Postdoctoral Fellow
Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri
Date Posted 05/11/2022
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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A postdoctoral position is available in the Dhillon research group in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Research projects are focused on cardiometabolic and immune health, gut microbiome, and omics techniques in the context of clinical nutrition and exercise interventions. As a postdoc in the Dhillon group, you will have the chance to establish your own systems and have a major impact in shaping the group’s culture.
Specific research directions for this position include effects of almond consumption on immune health and responsiveness, and role of dietary patterns on cardiometabolic outcomes and host-microbiome interactions. These projects involve collection and analysis of blood, stool, and adipose tissue from humans. The successful candidate will be responsible for submitting IRB applications, managing clinical studies, assisting with data collection, performing wet lab techniques, preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting research results at scientific meetings, and training students. Postdocs will receive training in advanced wet lab techniques, omics data analyses, and career development. Postdocs will also be encouraged to apply for external support from agencies such as National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, etc. as part of their training.


The successful candidate must have earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, Biological Sciences, or related disciplines by the time of appointment. 

Candidates will be evaluated on:
Experience in conducting nutrition clinical trials
Experience in cellular and molecular biology techniques
Expertise in statistical analyses of data
Familiarity with large biological data sets
Critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity in multidisciplinary research
Effective project and time management, mentorship, leadership, and interpersonal skills
Strong oral and written communication

Application Materials

Interested applicants are invited to send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for two references (including affiliation, phone number, and email). The cover letter should include a preferred start date and concisely describe how the candidate’s prior experiences, research interests, and career goals align with this position. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Jaapna Dhillon, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, jdhillon@missouri.edu.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

About our research group: Our research group is located in Gwynn Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia (https://lab.drjaapnadhillon.com). NEP Department (https://nep.missouri.edu) houses state of the art research facilities including a large wet lab, metabolic kitchen (MUNCH), clinical facility (MU-PAW), and fitness center.  We are a few minutes’ walk from the Clinical Research Center and Genomics Technology Core, and a short drive away from the Bioinformatics and Analytics Core, Metabolomics Center, and Metagenomics Center. Columbia, Missouri is a small city with a low cost of living located 2 hours from both historic St. Louis and Kansas City.

Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.

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