Post-doctoral research fellow, the LNS Phytase Study, University of California, Davis, based in Keneba, The Gambia

We are implementing a randomized, controlled trial to determine the efficacy of adding exogenous phytase to small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) on the absorption of zinc among young children in The Gambia. We are seeking to hire a scientific field coordinator to assist with the rigorous implementation of this RCT, which employs a triple zinc stable-isotope ratio tracer technique to assess zinc absorption from meals containing SQ-LNS, and data collection concerning baseline anthropometric and nutritional status. The ideal candidate would be a post-doctoral scientist with background in Nutrition, International Nutrition, or Medicine with interest in one or more of the foregoing topical areas and prior field experience in a lower income country.

Nature of position

This position involves study planning, staff training and supervision (approximately 5 individuals) and quality assurance of data collection procedures. Possibilities are available for data analysis and interpretation, and related report writing. The project takes place in Keneba, The Gambia, at the Medical Research Council, The Gambia Unit/International Nutrition Group field station; and the incumbent will be expected to reside at the field site during the period of data collection (4-6 months). The approximate start date will be January 1, 2017. The post-doctoral scholar is hired through the University of California, Davis. Salary is based on experience, per NIH post-doctoral scholar stipend scales and the UC Davis policy.

Major responsibilities

The incumbent will oversee data collection for the study, as described above. The incumbent will be responsible for on-site supervision of field personnel, including oversight of meal preparation, administration of stable isotope doses, and biological samples (urine and blood) collection. The incumbent will be responsible for technical guidance of field personnel, quality control of data collection, and coordination of data management with the IT team. After completion of the data collection, the incumbent may take the lead in writing a scientific publication on study results.

This position requires a doctoral degree (PhD) in biomedical sciences, human nutrition or public health (with emphasis in epidemiology, infectious disease, or nutrition), or a degree in medicine (MD) and experience carrying out clinical or community-based studies related to micronutrient deficiencies. Advanced graduate students with prior experience in the stable isotope technique will be considered. English language fluency is an important prerequisite.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ryan Wessells, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis ( To apply, please send a current CV, cover letter and contact information for references to Dr. Wessells by December 1, 2016.

Post-doctoral position in Grenoble (France)

A post-doctoral position is available to study the transport and intracellular distribution of zinc (Zn) in cortical neurons. This cation is a vital element exerting widespread and fundamental roles in biology. For instance, the brain has a high Zn content and some neuronal cells (e.g. in the cortex and hippocampus) have the ability to accumulate Zn into their synaptic vesicles. Extracellularly, Zn modulates the activity of many ion channels and receptors. This metal now appears as a potent and endogenous neuromodulator influencing synaptic transmission but it is also a key intracellular second
messenger. However, the molecular mechanisms participating in its homeostasis in neuronal cells are still ill-defined.

The project wishes i) to identify the actors participating in the import/export and intracellular storage of Zn in cortical neurons, and ii) to determine its 2D and 3D distribution in cultured cortical neurons and in the whole cortex. This work will be performed in close collaboration with 2 other groups based in Grenoble (ESRF) and Lyon (Institut Lumière Matière).

· Location: Laboratory of Chemistry and Biology of Metals (UMR CNRS 5249, Grenoble, France).
· Starting date: March 2017.
· Duration: 18 months.
· Financial support: French National Research Agency (ANR, 2016). The salary will be based on the
CNRS guidelines for post-doctoral positions.
·How to apply: Applicants with less than 3 years of experience after their PhD must have a good
expertise in one of the following techniques: molecular biology, biochemistry, live-cell zinc or calcium
imaging. Interested candidates should send their CV (as a PDF file) (with a short description of
research experience) to:

Alexandre Bouron
17 rue des Martyrs
38054 Grenoble
Tel : (00 33) 4 38 78 44 23

Research assistant-PostDoc – salary grade E 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

Technische Universität Berlin. Faculty III – Institute of Food Technology and Food Chemistry/ Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology

Reference number:  III-459/16 (starting at 01/10/16 / for 5 years / closing date for applications 16/09/16), part-time employment may be possible.

Working field: At the Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, we investigate the biochemistry of trace elements, especially speciation, transport, and signal transduction of zinc. The successful applicant shall conceive and investigate her/his own projects in this area. This includes writing papers and grant applications, to finally meet the prerequisites for further  academic  qualification  (Habilitation).  Teaching  duties  comprise  courses  of  biochemistry  and  toxicology  for  students of food chemistry, and supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD theses.

Requirements: As a successful candidate you should hold a university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) and PhD in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, food chemistry or toxicology. Moreover, teamwork, and high intrinsic motivation for research and teaching are required. Experience with cell cultures, standard methods of biochemistry and molecular biology and excellent English communication skills are expected. Experience in writing publications or grant applications are an advantage.

Please send your application with the reference number and the usual documents (including motivation letter, CV, and list of publication) preferably in a single PDF to or in writing to Technische Universität Berlin – Der Präsident  –  Fakultät  III,  Institut  für  Lebensmitteltechnologie  und  Lebensmittelchemie,  FG  Lebensmittelchemie und Toxikologie, Prof. Dr. Haase, Sekr. TIB 4/3-1, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin.

To  ensure  equal  opportunities  between  women  and  men,  applications  by  women  with  the  required  qualifications  are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

The vacancy is also available on the internet at