The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field. 

Experienced Researcher (f/m/d) Nutrition, Lifestyle and Brain Health

Code: 1704/2019/12

The decline in age-specific incidence of cognitive decline and dementia in western countries over the last decades underscores the great potential for prevention. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding how potentially modifiable environmental and behavioral factors affect disease risk. We aim to elucidate the mechanisms through which physical activity and dietary intake exert an effect on brain health. We specifically focus on the possibly mediating and interacting roles of the vascular system, the gut microbiome, and the immune system. Moreover, we investigate the role of (epi)genetic factors in this context. The research is primarily based on the Rhineland Study, a deeply phenotyped population-based cohort that will include more than 20,000 people aged 30 years and over and is designed to run for decades. Core data collection includes extensive structural and functional brain imaging, cognitive and behavioral assessments, cardiovascular investigations, sensory systems assessments, questions on medical history, medication intake, life style, nutrition and mental health, and extensive collection of biomaterials.


Your tasks

The successful candidate is expected to lead and further develop our research efforts in this area. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervision and monitoring of dietary data acquisition and processing
  • Analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Supervision of graduate students
  • Maintaining contact with our external academic partners
  • Preparation of grant applications to strengthen line of research and to develop own research focus

Requirements

Candidates should have a PhD in nutrition, epidemiology, medicine, or other relevant discipline, and experience in the field of complex disease research. Demonstrated interest in quantitative research, strong analytical skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, leadership capabilities and excellent communication and writing skills in the English language are a prerequisite. Working experience in epidemiological research or large-scale observational studies as well as with genomic and/or metabolomic analyses and nutritional epidemiology is highly desirable.

We offer

  • Interesting and challenging work on the forefront of health research in a highly interdisciplinary and international team. Common language at work is English
  • Participation in the Bonn-based Competence Cluster “DietBB” as well as several international consortia
  • Great opportunities for groundbreaking research collaborations
  • A high potential for the development of own research profile
  • We actively encourage and support our employees’ personal development and growth
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TvöD)

The professional qualification of early career researchers is of great importance for DZNE. Besides special offers for career development and support, the DZNE also provides researchers career opportunities in form of junior research groups or internal career paths to obtain scientific independence.

 

Site

Bonn

Contact details

Prof. Dr. Monique Breteler

Working hours

full-time

Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

January 15th, 2020

You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.