Postdoctoral fellowship in Nutrition, omics, and cardiometabolic diseases at the Department of Public Health

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic full-time postdoctoral researcher. Candidates should have a background in epidemiology, nutrition, public health, data science, biostatistics, computational biology, or related areas, with an interest in integrating dietary and lifestyle factors with omics data in the context of cardiometabolic outcomes. This is a 3-year Postdoc position with a start date 15 March 2023, or upon agreement.
 

Your job
The successful candidate will join a research group that is focused on investigating the role of dietary and lifestyle factors in cardiometabolic diseases in an interdisciplinary and international research environment. They will primarily work with high-throughput omics data, including but not only metabolomics and genetics, to be integrated into traditional epidemiological analyses to gain insights into underlying mechanisms that may explain the link between environmental factors in relation to common cardiometabolic disease outcomes, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The candidate will design new and/or nested studies leveraging complex and big data from existing cohorts and national registries applying novel machine learning methods.

The specific work tasks will include data management of large studies, scientific work related to the topics described above, statistical analysis of data, writing scientific papers, grant writing, and presentation of findings at professional meetings. The postdoctoral research fellow will also be encouraged and mentored to develop new proposals and research initiatives to support additional research. Exchange stays with collaborating research centers will be optional. Over the course of the position, opportunities to teach at either the graduate or undergraduate level exist.

The research group, Guasch group, which the postdoc will join is part of the Section of Epidemiology (read more here), Department of Public Health and is also affiliated with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) and the postdoc will be able to attend seminars, courses, and use resources at CBMR www.cbmr.ku.dk.
 

Profile
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher who, in addition to the desired interests and expertise stated above, has the following skills and qualifications:

  • a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Epidemiology, Public Health, Nutrition, Data Science, omics, Bioinformatics, or a related field.  
  • experience in conceiving and designing new projects, in line with the department’s research focus.
  • extensive experience analyzing data, interpreting results, and concisely summarizing key messages.
  • a strong computational background and preferably expertise in dealing with large and complex datasets (Stata, SAS, R programming, or similar).
  • a track record showing scientific productivity in peer-reviewed journals.
  • an active interest in nutrition, lifestyle, metabolomics, cardiometabolic diseases, and/or precision health.
  • possess good interpersonal and communicative skills, fluent in English, both written and spoken,
  • a team player, and can do attitude

 

The Department
The Department of Public Health’s focus is to improve the health of the population and the connection between health and society. The Department provides the scientific foundation for efforts that aims to improve public health, both nationally and globally, and to create greater insight into the links between health, the individual and society as well as the ethical, equity and political implications. This is achieved through research, education and engagement with stakeholders and the public at large with a wide-ranging multidisciplinary research agenda covering most aspects of public health at a high international level. You can read more about the Department of Public Health here.
 

Section of Epidemiology
Section of Epidemiology contributes to the development of the field of theoretical epidemiology, with a specific focus on causal inference, complexity, and life course epidemiology. The dynamic interplay between genes, environment and health across the life course and across generations are objects of research in the section. You can read more about us here.
 

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Information on the Section can be found at: https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/section-epidemiology/ 
 

Terms of employment
The Postdoc position is a full-time (37 working hours weekly)
Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).
Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not been tax liable in Denmark the last 10 years.
The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.
 

Application procedure
The application must be submitted in English and must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter, including motivations for applying for this position and a summary of your past research and future plans. (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Please include the names and contact information of at least 2 individuals who can provide a recommendation
  • Diplomas (Master’s, PhD, and other relevant certificates). If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  • A complete list of publications

 

Application deadline: 30 December 2022 23:59 GMT +1

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.
 

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

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

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
 

Questions
More information about the position and the projects is available by contacting Dr. Guasch-Ferré, Associate Professor, Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen by email: marta.guasch@sund.ku.dk, for questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at SUND-HR-CBMR@sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

 

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Application deadline: 30-12-2022
Employment start: 15-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

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