The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering was founded January 1 2015, and started off with high ambitions. The aim was to grow and become a leading center of innovation by combining the latest research in life sciences with biochemistry. And the department got off to flying start. In its first years, the numbers for publication, citation and external funding have been excellent.

The department consists of four divisions, each conducting outstanding research in the areas of industrial biotechnology, systems biology, chemical biology and food science. The overall goal is to help build a sustainable society and improve human health.

Nearly 200 people from 20 countries are currently engaged in roles within the department. The working environment is characterized by creativity, job satisfaction, cooperation and responsibility,

The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering has summarized its mission in four points:
• To be an attractive environment for top-level researchers in biological engineering
• To deliver top-level research results and innovative solutions for use in a sustainable society
• To offer excellent education that develops creative engineers and scientists
• To be a major contributor to international visibility of Chalmers

Information about the research/the project/the division

The Food and Nutrition Science Division aims to assemble the latest methodology and technology in biological sciences to tackle the major global health challenges of today: Non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The aim is to understand and conceptualize how foods and food derived compounds, fractions and ingredients can be used to obtain a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. The vision of the unit is “Healthy foods for sustainable future”. In this multidiciplinary project including expertise in nutrition, food science, medicine, microbiology, metabolomics, systems biology and statistics, we will develop and test strategies for personalized nutrition. The human gut microbiota has been linked with incidence and progression of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors. Moreover, diet has been identified as an important modulator of microbiota composition and function, but responses vary between individuals. Underlying mechanisms of diet x microbiota interactions remain to be elucidated to provide a foundation for tailored dietary strategies for personalized precision nutrition. We will therefore investigate how gut microbiota interacts with diet and the role of such interactions on cardiometabolic risk factors. The aim is further to dissect underlying mechanisms through extensive metabotyping using metagenomics and metabolomics combined with lifestyle data in a free-living prospective cohort subset. We hypothesize that gut microbiota x diet interactions is a major determinant of metabotypes and that such distinct metabotypes could be reflected by predictive biomarkers that can be used to tailor personalised dietary interventions to improve molecular phenotype among subjects at elevated risk of CVD. We will test the hypothesis by conducting a dietary intervention rich in fermentable vs non-fermentable cereal fibre among subjects with signs of metabolic syndrome with distinct differences in their pattern of microbiota and microbiota-derived metabolites. The project will be conducted in an European consortium that connects several complementary competences from both academia and industry in a truly multidiciplinary setting with researcher institutiones from Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden. 

Major responsibilities
• Be the project manager of the JPI-INTIMIC funded research project with 3 core partners and 2 associated partners. This includes co-ordination of the project, writing reports, follow-up and plan and execute consortium meetings, in close collaboration with the Principle investigator/Project leader
• Conduct own research to discover metabolomic biomarkers of different metabotypes using state-of-the-art techniques in metabolomics integrated with analysis of gut microbiota.
• Integrate and analyze data from different domains such as metabolome, gut microbiome, dietary and health data from human studies
• Participate in the planning of a randomized controlled dietary intervention study across indiivudals with different metabotypes
• Conduct statistical data analysis and reporting
• Present and disseminate results for different audiences

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

The applicant must have a PhD in Human Nutrition, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Medicine, Systems Biology or similar. The degree should generally not be older than three years. The applicant must have documented experience from randomized controlled trials as well as experience from data analysis of controlled trials and observational studies. Being fluent (written and spoken language) in English is also a requirement. Documented experience from bioanalytical analysis is a merit and experience and skills in R programming and SAS-scripts as well as experience from international research project management will be valued.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180010 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 14 February 2018

Interviews will be held continiously during the application period,

For questions, please contact:
Professor Rikard Landberg, Food and Nutrition Science Division,, +46 (0)31 772 27 32
Associate Professor Carl Brunius, Food and Nutrition Science Division,, +4631 772 68 23

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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