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Postdoctoral Position in Intermittent Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, & Sleep
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
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Date Posted February 10, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Mentor: Dr. Courtney Peterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham cpeterso@uab.edu

Description: The Peterson lab is a leader in clinical research on time-restricted feeding, a meal timing intervention that involves intermittent fasting and impinges on the circadian system. The postdoc will lead an ambitious interdisciplinary trial funded by the Department of Defense to test the effects of time-restricted feeding and bright light therapy on 24-hour glycemic control, circadian rhythms, sleep as measured by polysomnography, 24-hour blood pressure, cardiovascular health, fat loss, and psychosocial outcomes in 344 adults with type 2 diabetes. She or he will also assist with up to three other ongoing clinical trials (depending on the applicant’s interests)—a free-living weight loss study on time-restricted feeding, a controlled study feeding study on time-restricted feeding, and a controlled feeding study on the effects of a fruit-rich diet on diabetes remission, liver fat, and the gut microbiome—gaining well-rounded experience in conducting clinical trials related to clinical interventions and cardiometabolic disease.

Institution: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is ranked 22nd in NIH funding; is one of only five institutions to have both an NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Diabetes Research Center; and has among the top NIH-funded nutrition departments in the U.S.  Dr. Peterson is also co-Director of UAB’s new Sleep & Circadian Research Core.

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D. or M.D. and experience in human subjects research in circadian rhythms, nutrition, sleep, metabolism, light therapy, or intermittent fasting. A strong applicant will be highly proactive, well-trained in at least one or more research areas listed above, independent, and an effective communicator.

To apply, send your CV by email to Prof. Peterson at cpeterso@uab.edu.

Application Deadline: For best consideration, apply by Saturday, August 24, 2019. Thereafter, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Start Date: Fall 2019

About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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