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Associate Researcher

Application Window

Open date: July 6th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The Professional Researcher develops and oversees their own independent, creative, and high quality research program equivalent to that required for the Professor series. The Professional Researcher takes major responsibility and leadership for their programs. Generally, the appointee is expected to secure funding as a Principal Investigator, but may be funded as a co-PI within a large center or collaborative program grant on which many independent investigators are working, as long as it is clear that the activities led by the professional researcher within the larger project constitute his/her own independent research program. Appointees do not have teaching responsibilities.


I. RESEARCH (90 %)

The candidate is required to develop an independent research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of nutrition and cardiovascular metabolic health, with an emphasis on the influence of whole foods and dietary components on functional measures of cardiovascular outcomes, such as vascular function and platelet reactivity. The research program is focused primarily on human trials in adults and childhood as key targets for lifespan areas. It is anticipated that this program will be collaborative and multi-disciplinary in nature, including academic, industry, and commodity group partners.

  1. Potential research areas of interest include:
    A. the influence of nutrition on vascular function and platelet reactivity.
    B. the identification of metabolites/ metabolic pathways that affect physiologic response.
    C. the role of micronutrients, such as zinc and phytochemicals, on vascular health.

  2. Acquire funding to support an independent research program

  3. Collect, summarize and analyze data

  4. Prepare and submit reports on research findings

  5. Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, including as senior author

Other research duties may include:

  1. Manage the budget and the project according to sound management principles

  2. Supervise employees paid on the budget

  3. Prepare and submit progress reports to funding agencies

  4. Train, consult with, and advise undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with regard to experimental design and data analysis of studies conducted in their area of expertise


The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field and serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and give research presentations as appropriate at scientific meetings. When appropriate, the candidate may be requested to coordinate seminars and laboratory meetings.


University and Public Service is required for the Associate and Full Title ranks. The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching full classroom courses is not an expectation of this position. It is envisioned that the candidate will engage in public outreach activities that could include presenting scientific research results to the general public, individuals or public agencies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Candidate must possess a Ph.D. degree and have experience in human research on nutrition, dietary bioactive compounds and health, in the areas of cardiovascular and platelet function.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • Demonstrate ability to obtain funding through existing extramurally funded grant
    • Document a successful research and publication record
    • Demonstrate mentoring experience with graduate students
    • Provide evidence of interest and ability to participate on committees at the department, school, or campus level
    • Provide evidence of a network of collaborations with potential to build a vigorous and collaborative research program

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2

  • Publication 3

  • Publication 4

  • Publication 5

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 letters of reference required
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Job location

Davis, CA