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Requisition # 4035

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Tuesday, June 13th, 2023
College:Carver College of Medicine
Department:Internal Medicine


Salary:$56,484.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

The postdoctoral research scholar position provides an opportunity to join an existing teamthat is conducting clinical research assessing the impact of dietary patterns, diet quality andlifestyle in multiple sclerosis. The post-doctoral research scholar will work primarily with Drs.Terry Wahls and Linda Snetselaar. Additional nutrition scientist collaborators will include Drs.Wei Bao and Tyler Titcomb. The scholar will analyze data from existing projects, developmanuscripts to submit to leading journals, develop grant proposals, and take an active role incurrent and future research.

Current and forth coming projects include a randomized controlled trial investigatingketogenic, modified Paleolithic and Dietary Guidelines for Americans diets in the setting ofmultiple sclerosis. Future studies include analyses of metabolomics and microbiome dataand longitudinal quality of life data from a study comparing low saturated fat and modifiedPaleolithic diet in the setting of multiple sclerosis.

The post-doctoral candidate’s specific project related responsibilities will be developed inconsultation with Drs. Wahls and Snetselaar and may include project management, datacollection, development of research hypotheses, analytic strategies and scholar initiatedanalyses and projects related to the lab’s core projects.

The post-doctoral position is a one year full time appointment. Reappointment for additionalyears is possible depending on the fellow’s performance as it relates to their initiative,support of the lab, their publication record, and available funding.

The successful candidate will be involved in studying the impact of diet and lifestyle factorson clinical outcomes in multiple sclerosis and other chronic disease states in humansubjects. She/he will have access to existing data, collaborators in the Colleges of Medicine,Nursing, Public Health, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate is expectedto qualify for training grants and fellowships and to further our understanding of therelationship between diet and various lifestyle factors and brain health.

Education Requirement:

Candidates with a PhD degree (or about to complete) in neuroscience, nutrition or a relatedfield such as physical rehabilitation science, psychology & brain sciences, health and humanphysiology, immunology, biochemistry, or translational biomedicine is required.

Required Qualifications:

Experience in conducting human clinical trials, and a willingness to acquire newcomplementary skills.

Applicants should be passionate about conducting scientific research as it relates the corefocus of the lab which is improving our understanding of multiple sclerosis and therelationships between dietary patterns, diet quality and various lifestyle factors such as (butnot limited to) activity level, stress level, and sleep quality, brain health and cognitivefunction.

The applicant must be able to contribute effectively to the success of the research lab anddevelop and propose relevant research questions related to the core mission of the lab. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work independently are essential to success inthis position, as are good communication and organizational skills.

The post-doctoral scholar is expected to have experience conducting human clinical trials,excellent interpersonal skills, writing skills and the ability to effectively work with othermembers of the laboratory, the public and study subjects.

In addition, it is expected that the scholar will design, propose and then execute and interpretapproved experiments that support the mission of the lab.

Desirable Qualifications:

Being a RD or DPT is highly desired.

Experience with one or more of these areas is desired: quality of life assessments,biochemical and nutrient biomarkers, clinical functional outcome data, conducting basicneurological motor and cognitive assessments, or brain structural assessments. Experiencerelated to other lifestyle factors such as sleep, activity level, stress level are also desired.Also of potential benefit is experience conducting survey based studies.

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Letters of Interest
 Number of References:  3

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Contact Information

Contact:Terry L Wahls -
Cmed-Internal Medicine
General Hospital
220 Hawkins Drive
SE636 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-5002

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