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Postdoctoral Associate Position in Chronic Disease Genomics

We are seeking a postdoctoral associate to join an NIH-funded project team studying gene by environment interactions in chronic disease. Human genome studies continue to identify novel insights into chronic disease, leading to opportunities for disease prevention and health promotion. The successful applicant will have a doctoral degree (PhD) in Human Genetics, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics or related field or a MD, DDS, or DVM degree combined with training in human genetics or epidemiology at the PhD or Master’s levels (or equivalent) is/are required.  Training in nutritional sciences is desirable. A curriculum vitae reflecting scientific productivity in epidemiology, human genetics, heart, lung, and/or blood phenotypes and/or biomedical sciences is required. 

This position is ideal for a candidate who is committed to a research-focused career in the genetics of chronic disease in human populations. Research will be conducted under the supervision Dr. Patricia A. Cassano in the Division of Nutritional Sciences in collaboration with a mentoring team comprised of investigators at Cornell University and RTI International spanning expertise in nutrition, genetics, epidemiology, epigenetics and statistical genomics. The post-doctoral environment is designed to advance the training, career development, and professional growth of the post-doctoral associate.  The post-doctoral associate will work with mentors and collaborators in the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium in authoring publications, making presentations at scientific and/or professional meetings, and developing grant support. This position is available immediately.

Qualified individuals must apply through Academic Jobs Online (18659) and must submit the following items:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A Statement of Research Interests
  4. A Statement of Diversity
  5. Three Reference Letters (to be submitted through AJO by the reference writers)

Questions in advance of application should be directed to Professor Patricia A. Cassano at pac6@cornell.edu.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning June 1, 2021.

Postdoctoral Associate in the Johnson Lab

A Postdoctoral Associate position is open in the Johnson lab to study how dietary intake of bioactive lipids and production of bioactive lipids from the gut microbiome can influence mammalian phenotypes.  The Johnson lab uses genetic, genomic, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) based-lipidomic approaches to understand lipid-dependent host-microbe interactions.   The candidate will be expected to have expertise in molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or bioinformatics in order to conduct research investigating how bioactive lipids influence host-microbe interactions in human tissue culture, mouse, and human systems.   The initial appointment is for a year with the opportunity to extend based on performance.  

Anticipated Division of Time: 80% Research, 15% Data Analysis, 5%Writing

Requirements: Ph.D in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular biology, Microbiology, or related fields.  A successful candidate should have experience operating a triple quadrupole LC-MS system (or a similar system). Prior experience with lipid biochemistry and/or bioinformatics is preferred but not required. 

Application: The following documents must be uploaded when applying through Academic Jobs Online (18549):

Review of applications will be immediate and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Associate position in the Mehta Research Group

The Mehta Research Group (MRG) is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to join the team and work across multiple projects related to evidence synthesis, biofortification, and child health including child obesity. The Mehta Research Group primarily works in southern India and coastal Ecuador. Focus is on vulnerable populations including mothers and children, and those suffering from infectious diseases such as HIV infection, Tuberculosis, Dengue virus infection, Zika virus infection, and Malaria. Research is on a) identifying risk factors that predict poor health in our communities as early as possible through active surveillance; b) inventing field-friendly devices such as the Cornell NutriPhone and FeverPhone to enable community-level or point-of-need diagnoses; and c) intervening to modify the identified risk factors mainly through sustainable interventions. The MRG also works with implementing and guideline developing partners and synthesize evidence to help inform guidelines and policies. More details on current projects are available at the INSiGHT Projects page

The candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in nutrition, epidemiology, or a related clinical or public health field. Experience conducting systematic review and/or training in Cochrane methods is desirable. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. 

Please submit a CV along with a statement of research interest and a statement of diversity in Academic Jobs Online (job 18467). 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Postdoctoral Associate position in Public Health and Community Nutrition

The Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University seeks to fill a USDA-funded Postdoctoral Associate position focused on childhood obesity interventions. This individual will be supervised by Dr. Laura Bellows and join a multi-institutional interdisciplinary research team focused on the development of healthful eating and activity behaviors and environments for young children. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated research record in one or more of the following areas: public health nutrition, physical activity, childhood obesity, intervention development, m-/e-health, health disparities, psychology or child development.


  • Ph.D., D.Ph. or equivalent degree at time of appointment.
  • Experience and knowledge in community-based interventions, eating and/or physical
  • activity behaviors and assessment, intervention development.
  • Skills in applied qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to becoming an independent scientist.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The position will work primarily on collaborative projects with some effort directed towards the development of independent research products. S/he will engage in day-to-day decisions related to intervention content development (web and digital platforms); identification of assessment tools; creation and execution of data collection protocols for testing of intervention components; data analysis and dissemination of research results. The postdoctoral associate will have opportunities for grant writing, scientific communications, and teaching/mentoring. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of renewal.

Application Procedure: Please apply through Academic Jobs Online (18000), and include a cover letter clearly outlining your research interests, a CV, a statement of diversity, and names/contact information for 3 references. Applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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