Postdoc within children’s nutrition and health

Are you interested in developing, coordinating and investigating the impact of interventions to promote healthy diets and prevent overweight and lifestyle diseases in children? 

We are looking for a structured and talented postdoc and project manager for the large partnership project Generation Healthy Kids. You will be employed in the research section Lifecourse Nutrition & Health for 3 years from 01.02.2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Generation Healthy Kids
In Generation Healthy Kids we will develop and measure the effects of a 2-year evidence-based multi-setting, multi-component community intervention in a cluster-randomized design. We will include 2500 children in 1st and 2nd grade in Denmark. The overall aim is to promote healthy weight, health behaviours and wellbeing among children and counteract social inequality. Intervention components are focusing on diet, physical activity, screen time and digital behaviours and will involve all arenas of the child’s life, including families, schools, sports clubs, and the local community.

The position
The post doc position is connected to WP2 “Diet and Nutrition” and WP6 “Biomedical measurements” and the scientific focus will mainly be on the effects of children’s nutrition on health and prevention of overweight and lifestyle diseases. WP2 includes a healthy school food programme and activities focusing on parents, SFOs, sports clubs and the local food environment. Measurements in WP6 will be conducted at the schools and include children’s dietary intake and nutrient status, food competences, BMI and body composition, cardiometabolic blood markers, physical activity and fitness, cognitive function, wellbeing etc.

You will play a key role as post doc and project manager of research activities in WP2 and WP6. You will plan and coordinate scientifically based intervention components and research activities focusing on promoting healthy eating within WP2 as well as biomedical measurements in WP6 together with a team of PhD students and technical staff in collaboration with researchers from other WPs. Your role will also include coordination and communication with schools, parents and children, information meetings and data collection on test days as well as development of materials and questionnaires. As post doc you are also expected to publish scientific papers, present your results at scientific conferences and participate in teaching.

More about the project
The project runs from 2022-2026 and is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It includes co-creation with multiple stakeholders and cross-disciplinary collaboration with schools, parents and many others stakeholders. The integrated approach involves network and strong collaboration with teams of both experienced and younger researchers from Department of Sports Science & Clinical Biomechanics and National Institute of Public Health at University of Southern Denmark as well as Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Frederiksberg Hospital. Read more about the project here: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=generation+sunde+b%C3%B8rn

We are looking for candidates that:

  • Hold a PhD degree in nutrition, public health, exercise science or another relevant field.
  • Are a structured team player with scientific flair, good coordination skills and the ability to handle many tasks at a time
  • Have excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Are able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
  • In addition, experience with project management, intervention research, questionnaires, biomedical measurements and statistics is an advantage.

The candidate must:

  • Possess excellent oral and written Danish skills, in addition to good oral and written English skills. This in order to work with Danish school children, parents and school staff, as well as questionnaires in Danish.

We offer:

  • A strong scientific environment with excellent opportunities for scientific and professional development
  • A unique opportunity to develop your competences within RCT research and complex interventions
  • A dynamic and team based working environment with sparring from colleagues and WP leaders with different professional and scientific backgrounds
  • Excellent opportunities for network through collaboration with various research environments and stakeholders

The section Lifecourse Nutrition & Health is internationally renowned and provides a strong research environment investigating the role of diet and nutrition in foetal life, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood in relation to healthy growth, optimal nutritional status, cognitive development and prevention of undernutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases. We design and conduct high-quality randomized nutrition trials and observational studies in humans. Read more here: https://nexs.ku.dk/english/research/lifecourse-nutrition-and-health/

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to WP leader, Associate Professor Camilla T. Damsgaard, email: ctd@nexs.ku.dk

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Motivation for applying for this specific position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Bachelor, Master and PhD degree)
  • Complete publication list
  • Research plan – short description of previous research and future research plans in relation to the position
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Sunday 4 December 2022, 23:59 GMT +1. 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

Please also note the position https://jobportal.ku.dk/administrative-og-forskningsunderstoettende-stillinger/administration-it-og-service/?show=157876 If interested you are welcome to apply for both positions. 

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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Contact

Camilla Trab Damsgaard
E-mail: ctd@nexs.ku.dk

Info

Application deadline: 04-12-2022
Employment start: 01-02-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Nutrition Exercise and Sports
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