Job Postings

Below is a listing of current job openings. SSIB members may post a job opening by contacting [email protected]

Date: May 4, 2023
Senior Researcher
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Primary Care Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Applications are invited for a Senior Researcher, to work in a team with Professor Susan Jebb on a research programme to develop new approaches to manage obesity in people with complex eating behaviours as part of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

Our group have developed a range of interventions for weight management aimed at providing treatment on a large scale to many people with obesity and had success translating these innovations into policy and practice. We recognise that many people with obesity have complex relationships with obesity and may not be well-served by these simple behavioural interventions. The aim of this post is to open a new area of work with people with psychological reasons for overeating, which we are calling complex eating behaviours, including binge eating disorder, emotional eating, and compulsive eating. Our aim is that this post is preparatory to a fellowship, and the successful candidate will be given space and support to do sufficient work to make a compelling fellowship application.

The post is embedded in the thriving Health Behaviours team in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS). The team work on interventions to prevent or treat ill-health by intervening on diet, obesity, and smoking. We have a strong track record of applied research that can benefit patients and lead to changes in the health system.

The successful applicant will make a strategic and scientific contribution to the research programme, by developing original ideas and testable research questions. They will take responsibility for the organisation of scientific and administrative tasks, to efficiently deliver all aspects of their own research from inception, through ethics, fieldwork, analysis and to publication. This will involve working collaboratively with research partners, members of the public with lived experience and other groups contributing to the research programme. They will contribute to new grant applications to expand research in the team, line manage research assistants and co-supervise PhD/DPhil students. The successful applicant will need a PhD/DPhil with post-doctoral research experience in psychology, mental health and/or weight management, a strong scientific track record for your career stage, excellent quantitative skills and sufficient experience of qualitative research to inform intervention development and process analysis.

You will be based in the Radcliffe Primary Care Building or Gibson Building of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Primary Care Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG as your normal place of work but there may be the opportunity for occasional remote working.

The position is funded by NIHR Oxford University Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) until 31st March 2025.

For further information or to discuss the post please contact Jeanette Allsworth [email protected], PA to Prof Jebb

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 10th May 2023

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Date: April 17, 2023
Interaction of GLP-1 and Amylin agonists

A Postdoc position is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich.

The massive rise in obesity rates is mainly due to changes in lifestyle, in particular increased caloric intake. Promising emerging therapies rely on the combination of gut hormones and their agonists. To pursue important questions regarding pharmacotherapy using GLP-1 and amylin agonists, we offer an attractive position in a collaborative project with another university in Europe and a US based university. The experimental work of this project will combine in vivo approaches with analyses at the cellular and subcellular level to resolve the mechanisms mediating the actions of GLP-1 and amylin agonists. This project will use a large array of behavioral and state-of-the-art technology such as single cell sequencing, fiber photometry, chemogenetics and brain imaging ex vivo (including brain clearing iDisco) and in vivo imaging studies in animal models.

Starting date: immediately
Duration: 3 years with the possibility for an extension
Salary: according to the salary guidelines of the University of Zurich (starting at approx. CHF 95'000 per year)

Contact for more information:
Prof. Thomas A. Lutz
Institute of Veterinary Physiology
University of Zurich Phone: +41 – 44 – 635 88 08
[email protected]

Date: April 3, 2023
Classification Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Department: Pediatrics, Division of Behavioral Medicine
Employer: State
FTE: 1.00 (Full-time)
FLSA: Exempt Professional

Position Summary
This is a postdoctoral training experience in a multidisciplinary research team. The Postdoctoral Associate will be supervised by Dr. Leonard Epstein, chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine, UB Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Epstein’s research interests focus on health behavior change and determinants of eating, physical activity and drug self-administration.

The scholar will work on Dr. Epstein’s research projects and develop new independent research. It is common to work more on ongoing projects in the beginning of the postdoctoral experience. The goal is for the Postdoctoral Associate to become an independent investigator.

Dr. Epstein is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of childhood overweight, physical activity, weight control and family intervention. For the past 35 years, Dr. Epstein has conducted research relevant to the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, including mechanisms that regulate intake and energy expenditure in children.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Salary Range: $50,000 - $60,000

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. Strong research skills in data analysis
Evidence of first-author peer-reviewed publications
Flexible working schedule
Behavioral medicine/behavioral, economics/clinical psychology background

Date: February 15, 2023
Postdoctoral Research Associate

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to study neural circuits that regulate motivated behavior in the laboratory of Natale Sciolino, Ph.D. ( in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology ( at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. The lab uses the latest advances in intersectional genetics and optical imaging to define the noradrenergic circuits, cell types and receptor mechanisms involved in the biology and treatment of feeding and psychiatric disorders using the mouse as a model system.

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Date: February 15, 2023
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

The UConn Department of Human Development and Family Sciences seeks academically and professionally qualified instructors to serve as adjunct faculty in a variety of undergraduate courses starting in August 2023. Courses are taught in Storrs, Hartford, Waterbury, Stamford, and Avery Point. Adjunct faculty typically teach one or two courses per semester and are paid by the course. We are looking for instructors who will teach a range of human development and family sciences courses. Please visit for more information about the Department.Please search position HR23-27.

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Date: December 15, 2022
Position: Lecturer/senior lecturer in Psychological science

The School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol is seeking to appoint an outstanding Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with research expertise that builds on the School’s existing strengths and creates opportunities to work with other parts of the University. The appointed individual will strengthen the School’s research profile by conducting internationally excellent research that aligns with work on Health and Wellbeing within the School. Applications are particularly encouraged from individuals working in the fields of nutrition and/or sustainability.

This appointment will be on the University’s Academic Pathway 1, combining research and teaching duties. Successful candidates will be expected to develop an active research programme and lead and deliver inspiring teaching across our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The post-holders will be expected to make a positive contribution to our collegiate academic community and carry out some academic administration to contribute to the running of the school.

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Date: October 12, 2022
Faculty Positions in Pharmacology and Diabetes/Obesity/Metabolism

The Department of Pharmacology and Caswell Diabetes Institute (CDI) at the University of Michigan Medical School invites applications for tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at the Assistant/Associate/Full Professor levels. We seek outstanding colleagues whose research defines and addresses cutting edge questions in any area of pharmacology, with focused interests related to diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2), obesity, metabolism, and/or the complications of these diseases, to join our inclusive and richly collaborative community that prioritizes both transformative science and training the next generation of scientific leaders.

Successful candidates will be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary environment with interests that span a wide range of fundamental questions and experimental systems. Qualifications include a Ph.D. and/or M.D., a strong record of research accomplishments, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the biomedical sciences, and the ability to direct independently funded research programs.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement (up to 3 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), a summary of commitment to and plans for creating a diverse and inclusive scientific environment (1 page), and contact information including the email address of three references. Materials should be addressed to Scott Soleimanpour, M.D., chair of the CDI/Pharmacology faculty search committee, and submitted via email to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of November 15, 2022, for full consideration. Appointment rank will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience. Please address any questions to Christina Clay ([email protected]).

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintain the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research and teaching mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Department and the University are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Questions:
Please address any questions to Christina Clay ([email protected]).

Date: October 5, 2022
Position: Assistant Professor of Human and Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California has an open tenure-track assistant professor position. The search is focusing specifically on the area of neural control of metabolism, including ingestive behavior, fluid and sodium homeostasis, and body weight regulation.

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Date: July 8, 2022
Postion: Chemical Sesnse PostDoc – Florida State Universiy

Two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available immediately for research and training in chemosensory-related areas.

Up to 2 years of support are available from the Florida State University Chemosensory Training Program (CTP), funded from an institutional T32 NRSA training grant from the NIDCD. There are openings in the laboratories of Alan Spector, Wen Li, Lisa Eckel, Roberto Vincis, Liz Hammock, Doug Storace, or Debra Fadool for a highly-motivated and self-driven individual who wishes to work towards an independent career in chemosensory or chemosensory-related research. We seek individuals who desire interaction across a group of experts in the chemosensory field to accentuate their postdoctoral traineeship and who can contribute creatively to enhance or extend the research program of one of the laboratories in the CTP group while building their expertise and reputation as a bridge to an independent- investigator career. Value-added professional development and research collaborations across CTP laboratories and their graduate-and undergraduate students are therefore highly encouraged. Successful candidates must be a US Citizen or US permanent resident with a recent Ph.D. degree and should have substantive research experience as evidenced by a strong publication record including first author publication. We currently have two postdoctoral training opportunities available: One is a special opportunity supported by the VP for Research Office to enhance diversity of our trainees into academic positions and a second opportunity is for an open trainee. Both would be members of our training grant program and mentored by our faculty preceptor community.

Postdoctoral Trainer expertise ranges from exploration of gustatory and olfactory central coding, taste psychophysics, regulation of ingestive behavior, neuromodulation of ion channels, disruption of olfactory sensory signaling and circuitry attributed to diabetes and obesity, anxiety/threat, or gustatory physiology, olfactory bulb synaptic physiology, and TAAR signaling.

The CTP faculty research at molecular, physiological and behavioral levels is described in individual faculty pages on the FSU Program in Neuroscience Website; The 30-year history of the CTP Training Grant Program and a Flyer explaining the current opportunity are found on the FSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA) Website:

Primary responsibilities will include designing and implementing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, preparing research results for publication, presenting at national and international meetings.

We are particularly interested in candidates with strong backgrounds in modern techniques, whether molecular, physiological or behavioral and would favor those with complementary expertise in multiple areas. Florida State University is committed to a rewarding environment for postdoctoral scholars and to providing opportunities for professional advancement and career preparation. Professional Development and University-wide Opportunities for postdoc engagement are found on the FSU OPDA Website:

Current research focus of our training laboratories is to investigate the impact of metabolic disorders (obesity/diabetes) or anxiety/threat on chemosensory function, behavior, and physiology and uses a combinatorial, multidisciplinary approach. We are seeking creative, self-motivated individuals who have strong experimental experiences and the drive to pursue challenging, rigorous studies in the chemical senses. Experimental approaches employed in these laboratories include slice electrophysiology, in vivo awake recording, dynamic clamp, use of optical probes and calcium imaging, whole-nerve recording, optogentic and chemogenetic recording, fMRI, EEG/MEG, behavioral phenotyping, ion channel structure/function studies, protein-protein interactions, whole-animal metabolic phenotyping, tissue culture, psychophysical studies of sensory-mediated behaviors, confocal microscopy, olfactometry, genetically-modified mouse models, transection and lesion analysis of central sensory structures, ingestive behavior phenotyping following gastric bypass surgery, and taste preference testing.

Postdoctoral Scholars select a mentor from our team of faculty trainers. Scholars participate in semester-long rotating series of reading / practicum group with the trainers, annual special lecture series in the chemical senses, conference travel presentation of their research, and professional development activities with the CTP trainers or FSU postdoctoral association. Scholars are expected to develop an IDP with their selected mentor, and are coached in grant writing exercises to apply for extramural awards and fellowships. Appointments are provided access to health insurance benefits, retirement option plans, seminole savings program, and an annual training-related expense budget dependent upon pre- or postdoctoral trainning level. Salary is commensurate with level of experience as set by NIH institutional training grant guidelines.

Applicants should submit (SINGLE PDF) a cover letter explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position; paragraph describing their long-term career goals; 1-2 page research statement (length excludes citations); detailed curriculum vitae; and the names, email, and addresses for three professional references to: Debra Ann Fadool, CTP Director. Example publication of best work can also be included.

Deadline: Applications will be prioritized for decision if received prior to August 15, 2022.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Debra Ann Fadool ([email protected])

Date: June 14, 2022
Position: PhD Student or Post-Doctoral Fellow

An NIH-funded doctoral or post-doctoral position is available in the Lim lab of Sensory Science at Oregon State University. The candidate will work with a diverse group of doctoral and post-doctoral trainees as well as PIs investigating sensory and metabolic mechanisms underlying oral carbohydrate sensing in humans. The research group implements a multidisciplinary approach to 1) identify the structural requirements of oligosaccharides that elicit taste, and 2) investigate the nature and significance of the glucose-specific signaling pathway. Approaches will include chemical, psychophysical, and physiological studies. Requirements include a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in any of the following fields of study: Chemistry, Food Science, Neuroscience, Nutrition, and Psychology.

Starting date: TBD
Duration: 2-4 years
Salary: In accordance with NIH standards.

Contact for more information:
Juyun Lim
[email protected]

Date: April 27, 2022
Position: Principal Investigator in Endocrine, Metabolism and Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic | Rochester, Minnesota
Job ID #174554BR

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic is seeking an exceptional principal investigator in the field of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Obesity.

The ideal candidate will be a scientist with established federal funding (or equivalent) and a research program focusing on mechanistic aspects of metabolic disease. We are seeking a candidate who has the ability to collaborate with existing members of the Endocrine Research Unit as well as with our numerous collaborators in gastroenterology, aging, surgery and cardiology. Such an investigator will strengthen the interactions amongst existing scientists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester who have interests in obesity, metabolism and appetite regulation to help develop a more robust program.

We envision that the combination of a new investigator and the current talent at Mayo Clinic will enhance our ability to discover novel processes/mediators that are relevant to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

We are seeking a scientist who will continue their research into basic mechanisms of obesity, metabolism and/or appetite regulation while developing collaborative relationships with investigators at Mayo Clinic. Our existing research groups that have obesity-related themes are interested in metabolic abnormalities and ingestive behavior from the perspectives of endocrine regulation, GI feedback, and nutritional therapeutics. We offer a highly competitive compensation package with sustained intramural funding, competitive start-up funding, dedicated laboratory facilities, capital equipment funding, technical and computational resources, and exceptional benefits.

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Contact for more information:
Catherine Kotz
[email protected]

Date: April 25, 2022
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus
Colorado School of Public Health/Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Position #00794908 – Requisition #25075
Additional information:

Contact for more information:
Allison Shapiro
[email protected]

Date: March 31, 2022
Position: PhD Student

Astrocytes: a cornerstone in the control of food intake and energy homeostasis by hypothalamic fatty acid sensing neurons

A PhD position is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich. The candidate will be part of a research group focusing on the mechanisms underlying the controls of food intake and body weight.

The focus of this PhD will be the understanding of the neuronal control of food intake by dietary fatty acids and how astrocytes can interfere with this mechanism. Dysfunction in the homeostatic control of food intake is a key contributor to the pathogenesis of obesity. The impaired ability of the brain to sense nutrient excess, in particular its ability to monitor and respond to alterations in fatty acid metabolism in individuals predisposed to becoming obese and in those already obese and diabetic is increasingly recognized as playing a role in the pathophysiology of these disorders. To further understand these mechanisms we will implement a multidisciplinary approach to 1) Determine how hypothalamic fatty acid uptake and fatty acid derived-ketone body production affect the control of eating, energy and glucose homeostasis. 2) Determine how high fat diet induced-hypothalamic glial activation and inflammation interferes with neuronal ketone body and fatty acid sensing in obese rats.

The experimental work of this PhD thesis will include behavioural, metabolic and imaging studies in rodents using state-of-the-art technology such as RNA sequencing, fiber photometry, electron microscopy, and the measure of neuronal activity in primary cell culture.

Starting date: TBD
Duration: 3-4 years
Salary: according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (CHF 47’540 per year)

Contact for more information:
Christelle Le Foll, PhD
Phone: +41 – 44 – 635 88 36
[email protected]

Date: March 29, 2022
Position: PhD Student

Amylin – centrally mediated actions on metabolism and memory

A PhD position is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich.

The massive rise in obesity rates is mainly due to changes in lifestyle, in particular increased caloric intake. To pursue important questions regarding amylin physiology and pathophysiology, we will continue our research project looking at the metabolic effects of amylin, and identify the exact and specific subtypes of neurons in various parts of the brain that are critically involved in amylin action. Further, we will investigate amylin action in respect to the control of glucose metabolism. The experimental work of this PhD thesis will combine in vivo approaches with analyses at the cellular and subcellular level to resolve the mechanisms mediating amylin's actions.

This project will use state-of-the-art technology such as single cell sequencing, fiber photometry, chemogenetics and brain imaging ex vivo (including brain clearing iDisco) and in vivo imaging studies in animal models.

Starting date: TBD
Duration: 3-4 years
Salary: according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (CHF 47’540 per year)

Contact for more information:
Prof. Thomas A. Lutz
Phone: +41 – 44 – 635 88 08
[email protected]