Postdoctoral Research Position at the Research Ring on Obesity-Induced Accelerated Aging (ObAGE)

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Postdoctoral Research Position at the Research Ring on Obesity-Induced Accelerated Aging (ObAGE), at Universidad de Chile (Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos, INTA).

The ObAGE Study brings together geroscience, public health, epidemiology, clinical medicine (geriatrics and endocrinology), and social sciences, aiming to create a transdisciplinary node connecting research, knowledge, and expertise to explore how exposure to obesity in key developmental stages disrupts homeostatic resilience mechanisms that preserve physiological integrity and prevent the early expression of aging phenotypes. We expect to better understand how obesity accelerates the rate of aging at multiple levels (from cells to systems) and determine whether social position influences vulnerability to obesity as a risk factor for accelerated aging. Our work also seeks to stimulate public debate and awareness on these topics as well as inform public policymaking with evidenced based research.

We are looking for candidates to develop their research in the following areas:

  1. chronic diseases epidemiology
  2. biology of aging
  3. physiology of exercise

ObAGE invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in disciplines like social epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biomedical science, cellular and molecular biology, and biochemistry, among others. Knowledge in computational approaches to chronic disease risk factor surveillance, machine learning, and programming skills will be positively considered.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in the above-mentioned disciplines (awarded within the last 3 years or expecting to defend their theses not later than March 2022) as well as strong writing and methodological skills. They should possess expertise in topics that fit into ObAGE’s research agenda such as biopsychosocial determinants of obesity/cardiometabolic risk, epigenetic age, chronic inflammation, and autophagy response to exercise, among others.

In addition to the completion and publication of their own research, the postdoctoral fellow’s primary responsibilities will be planning and conducting studies, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication and conference presentations. The postdoc fellow is expected to apply to external funding in Chile (e.g., ANID) or abroad. In this call, ObAGE will privilege candidates with experience in longitudinal studies. They will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team of natural and social scientists led by Dr. María Paulina Correa.

Benefits

Full-time contract (44 hours) for one year (potentially extended to 2 years, subject to the fulfillment of objectives), with a gross monthly of approx. USD 2,000 depending on exchange rates. Access to facilities, equipment, and data already collected for the development of research, as well as support mechanisms. Full-time dedication to the development of research, with minimal teaching obligations. Institutional support and sponsorship when applying for external funding.

Application

The application process will be open until February 28th, 2022, to start on April 15th, 2022. Applicants must send a CV, a letter of intent, and two letters of reference. Questions and all application materials should be e-mailed to Dr. María Paulina Correa (obage@inta.uchile.cl).