Applications are ONLY accepted via this web form (see below) and will not be accepted via email. Only applicants who are invited for interviews will be notified. 

Expected start date: As early as September 1, 2022 up to January 1, 2023.

Area of Research: Clinical nutrition and physiology

Description of duties: Dr. Amy Kirkham, in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of clinical nutrition and physiology. The successful candidate will be involved in various ongoing studies involving women with or at risk for breast cancer, cardiovascular disease or metabolic disease, depending on experience and interest. Various opportunities exist for candidates with registered dietitian credentials to provide counselling to follow time-restricted eating or healthy eating practices in clinical (cancer) or at risk (metabolic dysfunction) populations. Assessments for various ongoing studies involve MRI scans acquisition and analysis of ectopic fat in the viscera, liver, and skeletal muscle, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, venipuncture and analysis, continuous glucose monitoring, accelerometer or physical activity tracker, dietary record assessments. All projects in the lab follow a strong “team science” approach involving various trainees (undergraduate to doctoral) and both clinical (especially oncology and cardiology) and academic collaborators. Opportunities to lead publications and to assist with grant writing will be provided and encouraged.

The successful candidate will also assist in the development of the ‘Cardiometabolic, Oncology, Diet and Exercise in Women’ (CODE-W) research centre. This groundbreaking Canadian health research centre aims to understand, treat, and improve the cardiovascular and metabolic health of women across the life span. As part of the centre development, the postdoctoral fellow will assist in the procurement, setup, and training on state-of-the-art physiological assessment equipment, including metabolic carts, exercise equipment, non-invasive vascular and hemodynamic equipment, ultrasound and MRI software and hardware. This experience is expected to provide the candidate with unparalleled preparation for developing their own independent lab.

 Salary: $50,000-$55,000 commensurate with qualifications

Required qualifications:

  • PhD. in Nutrition Sciences, Dietetics, Kinesiology, Human physiology, Biomedical Engineering or a closely related discipline involving Human Nutrition and/or Physiology.
  • Registered dietitian credentials are a major asset
  • Strong experience in RCT study design, CONSORT guidelines, and preferably clinical research are an asset
  • Experience and strength in manuscript and grant application writing is a major asset.
  • Experience with indirect calorimetry, continuous glucose monitoring, blood sample collection, continuous glucose monitors use and data, and/or physical activity wearables (e.g., accelerometer, fitness trackers,) is an asset.
  • Strong track record of scholarly research productivity and ability to independently perform patient recruitment, research data collection and analysis
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, while also working well as part of a collaborative team
  • Experience providing mentorship, direction, and support to junior researchers/trainees

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