Updated: about 15 hours ago
Location: Iowa City, IOWA
Job Type: FullTime

Requisition # 3044
Position Basics
Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Friday, September 21st, 2018
College:Carver College of Medicine
Department:Internal Medicine

Salary:$48,432.00 to Commensurate

Position Details
Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

The postdoctoral position provides an opportunity to join an existing lab that is conducting clinical research assessing the impact of diet and lifestyle in multiple sclerosis. The post-doctoral scholar will work primarily with Dr. Terry Wahls. Additional nutrition scientist collaborators will include Drs. Wei Bao and Linda Snetselaar. The postdoctoral 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 forthcoming projects include a feasibility study examining the use of diet, stress reduction, exercise and electrical stimulation in progressive multiple sclerosis; pilot studies of a modified Paleolithic diet using a randomized wait-list control design in relapsing-remitting MS; a pilot study comparing ketogenic and modified Paleolithic diets to usual diet in multiple sclerosis; and a randomized study comparing a low saturated fat diet to a modified Paleolithic diet in relapsing-remitting MS. Future studies include analyses of metabolomics and microbiome data

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


The post-doctoral scholar is a one-year full-time appointment. Reappointment for additional years is possible depending on the postdoctoral research scholar’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 must have a PhD degree in nutrition.

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a PhD (about to complete PhD will also be considered) and should have a strong background in neurosciences, experience in conducting human clinical trials, and a willingness to acquire new complementary skills during the position.

Applicants should be passionate about conducting scientific research as it relates to the core focus of the lab, which is improving our understanding of multiple sclerosis and the relationships between diet 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 postdoctoral research 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 participants.


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

Desirable Qualifications:

Experience with one or more of these areas are 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 and 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

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Contact Information
Contact:Stacy M Pruter -
Cmed-Internal Medicine
General Hospital
220 Hawkins Drive
SE322 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242

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