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. 

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m) “Nutrition and brain health”

Code: 1504/2017/9

Population Health Sciences at the DZNE aims to study determinants of normal and pathological mental and physical function over the adult life course, with a special emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. To this end we have established the Rhineland Study, a prospective population based cohort study that will include up to 30,000 people aged 30 years and over and is designed to run for decades. Study facilities currently encompass 2 examination centres equipped with state-of-the art apparatuses including 3T MRI scanners, advanced bio-banking facilities and large data storage and computational resources.

An important research topic focuses on the role of dietary factors in brain structure and function, i.e., cognitive development and decline, across the lifespan. In this context, we are part of two international consortia within the European Joint Programming Initiative "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" (AMBROSIAC and HEALTHMARK) as well as of a regional Competence Cluster (DietBB). We are currently looking for a postdoc to support and coordinate our ongoing research on the relation between nutrition and brain health, and to develop this research area further.

Your tasks

We are looking for a highly talented, motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious researcher to coordinate nutrition research within the Rhineland Study. Responsibilities include supervision and monitoring of dietary data acquisition and processing, analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additional tasks are mentoring of graduate and PhD students, maintaining contact with our external academic partners, and preparing grant applications to strengthen this line of research and to develop an own research focus.


Successful candidates hold a PhD in nutritional epidemiology, medicine or other relevant discipline. Demonstrable interest in quantitative research, strong analytical skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, 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 experience with Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) data is highly desirable.

We offer

  • Interesting and challenging work in a research centre that works on the forefront of health research
  • Working in a team to help direct the efforts of the Rhineland Study to address pressing health issues related to aging
  • A high potential for the development of own research profile
  • The position is initially limited to two years with the possibility of extension
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst)
  • Job location is Bonn, Germany. Common languages at work are English and German.




Contact details

Prof. Dr. Monique M. B. Breteler

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline


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