PhD. fellow in Paediatric and International Nutrition, University of Copenhagen

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PhD. fellow in Paediatric and International Nutrition

" Title: Dietary habits and nutritional status of Danish children with ADHD and the effect of n-3 LCPUFA on ADHD symptoms" Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Department of Human Nutrition (IHE), Faculty of Sciences at the University of Copenhagen announces a PhD scholarship commencing 17th of September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. The application deadline is 13th of September 2012.
The PhD is terminating at the 16th 2016 and is a part-time employment.
Project description
This research project has two focus areas: the first focus area is an examination of the dietary habits and nutritional status of Danish children diagnosed with ADHD, and this part of the project also includes a study of correlations between intake of specific food items and activity level of healthy children not diagnosed with ADHD.
The second focus area is on the effect of early fish-oil supplementation on the later development of ADHD related symptoms in children, and this part will also include a randomized controlled intervention study on the effect of fish-oil supplementation on ADHD symptoms in children diagnosed with ADHD.
The PhD student is to be the daily leader of this project and must therefore speak and write fluent Danish.
The successful applicant is required to hold an MSc degree in Human Nutrition or a related field, as well as documented experience with human intervention trials and laboratory work. Knowledge in the field of childhood nutrition, dietary assessment methods, assessment of nutritional status as well as the relationship between diet and behavior.
Furthermore, experience with nutritional assessment methods and statistical analysis of multivariate data will give weight in the assessment of potential candidates. Good interpersonal and communication skills are also required.
Supervisors of the project will be Associate Professor Lotte Lauritzen, Professor Kim F Michaelsen and Professor Arne Astrup.
Principal supervisor
Title: Associate
Name: Professor Lotte Lauritzen
Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Title: Professor
Name: Kim F Michaelsen and Arne Astrup
Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at IHE, LIFE are:
  • Manage and complete your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
  • A master´s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills - Fluency in English and Danish (written and spoken) is mandatory
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)

Formal requirements
The positions are available for a 4-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree.
The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the LIFE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.
Graduate School of Faculty of Life Sciences, LIFE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.
Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Application Procedure
Applications - in English - must include:
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal Recommendations
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.
By the end of September, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged.
The application must be received no later than 13 of September. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.
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Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.
Deadline: 13-09-2012
Publisher: Faculty of Science
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