PhD student in Nutrition & Health - AFR individual grant application - TB1122

We are currently looking for a PhD student with the aim to define a 3-year project and apply for an AFR individual PhD grant in Nutrition and Health
1A-B, rue Thomas Edison, Strassen L-1445, Luxembourg
15/11/2022 16:34:34
 

Background. Public health concerns exist worldwide due to the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases and co-morbidities, including, in particular cardiometabolic complications. Many of these are related to oxidative stress and low antioxidant status, along with chronic inflammation. Secondary plant compounds are an important group of non-essential plant constituents whose intake has been related to health-beneficial effects. However, their mode of action is often unclear, and aspects including their antioxidant properties during digestion, i.e., before absorption, and potential prebiotic aspects on the gut microbiota are clearly understudied topics.

Objectives. The aim is to define a 3-year project for the AFR Individual PhD grants. The topic should involve digestion and the health-beneficial properties of phytochemicals such as carotenoids or phenolics. This should include, e.g., aspects of their bioaccessibility, bioavailability, and fermentability during digestion related to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as tested by in vitro digestion, cell models, and models of the colonic phase/gut microbiota.

Training and research environment The Nutrition and Health Research Group is a dynamic and multinational team belonging to the Department of Precision Health. The Nutrition and Health Research Team works at the intersection of basic research and nutritional epidemiology with a focus on translational aspects to improve population health.

We leave some flexibility to incorporate the candidate's own ideas in order to further develop the research project in collaboration with our team. Of note, the projects have to be further developed by the candidates in collaboration with our team from now on until March 2023. The project proposal should be submitted by March 09, 2023, for AFR Individual PhD grants funding. The work on the project might start as early as June 2023 if funded.


This project will be co-supervised by Dr. Torsten Bohn & Dr. Farhad Vahid.


KEY SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master (degree obtained by the deadline of AFR  application at the latest) with a background/ education in nutrition, biochemistry, molecular chemistry or equivalent.
  • Hands-on laboratory experience, preferably on cell lines and analytical aspects.
  • Knowledge on digestion and/or gut microbiota as well as statistics are assets.
  • Excellent time management, rigour, perseverance, scientific creativity and originality, writing skills,  sense of priority and ability to work with others.
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing skills is mandatory.

IN SHORT...

  • Contract type:       3-4 years fixed term contract
  • Work hours:            Full time
  • Location:                Strassen
  • Start date:              June-August 2023
  • Salary:                      In line with our collective labour agreement
  • Ref:                           VD/PHDAFR1122/TB/Nutrihealth



HOW TO APPLY

Applications including a cover letter and a  curriculum vitae should be sent before 15 January 2023 through our website via the apply button below.
Please apply ONLINE formally through this web page.
Applications by email will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.