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The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa
Date Posted 05/15/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Requisition # 3549
Position Basics
Advertising Ends on:Friday, May 28th, 2021
Advertising Started on:Friday, May 14th, 2021
College:Carver College of Medicine
Department:Internal Medicine

Salary:$53,760.00 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 team that is conducting clinical research assessing the impact of dietary patterns, diet quality and lifestyle 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, develop manuscripts to submit to leading journals, develop grant proposals, and take an active role in current and future research. 

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

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

The post-doctoral position is a one year full time appointment.  Reappointment for additional years 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 factors on clinical outcomes in multiple sclerosis and other chronic disease states in human subjects. 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 expected to qualify for training grants and fellowships and to further our understanding of the relationship 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 related field such as physical rehabilitation science, psychology & brain sciences, health and human physiology, immunology, biochemistry, or translational biomedicine is required. 

Required Qualifications:

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

Applicants should be passionate about conducting scientific research as it relates the core focus of the lab which is improving our understanding of multiple sclerosis and the relationships between dietary patterns, diet quality and various lifestyle factors such as (but not limited to) activity level, stress level, and sleep quality, brain health and cognitive function.


The applicant must be able to contribute effectively to the success of the research lab and develop 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 in this 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 other members of the laboratory, the public and study subjects.


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

Desirable Qualifications:

Being a RD 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 basic neurological motor and cognitive assessments, or brain structural assessments. Experience related 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

To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.

Contact Information
Contact:Terry L Wahls - terry-wahls@uiowa.edu
Cmed-Internal Medicine
General Hospital
220 Hawkins Drive
SE636 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-5002

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