Faculty and Research Opportunities


The UNC Nutrition Research Institute offers opportunities for faculty and researchers to refine or expand a nutrition-related research program. The Institute is particularly interested in research related to nutrigenomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, clinical nutrition and/or energy expenditure.

How to Apply

Interested faculty may submit a research proposal or concept paper (not to exceed five pages) with a funding request (a preliminary budget and budget justification).   Applicants should also attach a curriculum vitae.

Prospective applicants should contact Jana Harrison, Deputy Director, jana_harrison@unc.edu, for more information.

Prospective applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, Director, steven_zeisel@unc.edu.

The letter should detail what the investigator would like to accomplish at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, as well as a proposed timeline and a preliminary budget.   The maximum amount that may be requested is $150,000 for a 12 month period.

Available Opportunities

UNC NRI Faculty Fellows: 

The UNC Nutrition Research Faculty Fellows are faculty scholars affiliated with the NRI, but located at the UNC Chapel Hill main campus in Chapel Hill. These scholars collaborate with Institute faculty members in Kannapolis on a research project of mutual interest or they conduct research at the NRI using NRI expertise and equipment, perhaps one of the NRI’s Kannapolis-based Cores (e.g. the Human Research Core, the Nutritional Biochemistry Core, or the Nutrigenomics Core).

Nominations are solicited annually (usually in October) and interested faculty may submit a research proposal or concept paper (not to exceed five pages) with a funding request (a preliminary budget and budget justification).   Applicants should also attach a curriculum vitae. Funding for faculty fellows’ projects depends on the scope and length of the project, but generally does not exceed $50,000. Fellows are expected to make regular visits between Chapel Hill and Kannapolis to facilitate collaboration, conduct research/experiments, and present research findings in seminars in both locations.

Prospective applicants should contact Jana Harrison, Deputy Director, jana_harrison@unc.edu, for more information.

UNC NRI Visiting Faculty Scholars: 

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute invites applications from non-UNC Chapel Hill faculty to visit the UNC Nutrition Research Institute for a limited period of time (minimum 3 months, maximum 12 months).   Faculty scholars may spend a summer or a sabbatical here at the NRI. The UNC NRI encourages applications from researchers who are innovators, who can contribute to interdisciplinary discussions of how to advance individualized or precision nutrition, and who have an interest in collaborating with UNC NRI faculty. Research space, research funding, and a stipend may be provided.

Prospective applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, Director, steven_zeisel@unc.edu. The letter should detail what the investigator would like to accomplish at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, as well as a proposed timeline and a preliminary budget. The maximum amount that may be requested is $150,000 for a 12 month period.

UNC NRI Faculty Fellows

2015-2016
Dr. Katie Meyer, Nutrition [see more]
Dr. Praveen Sethupathy, Genetics [see more]

 

UNC NRI Visiting Scholars

2014-2015: Dr. Mirko Hennig, Medical University of South Carolina
2015-2016: Dr. Maria Elizabeth Tejero-Barrera, Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genomica, Mexico City