The Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR) announces a fellowship for research on any aspect of obesity relating to the health of underrepresented groups.
Obesity continues to disproportionately affect certain racial and ethnic groups—particularly Black Americans and Hispanics/Latinos—and individuals with low socioeconomic positions. Research directed towards supporting improvements in obesity prevention and treatment is urgently needed. Tufts University has launched a cross-university institute, TIGOR, to advance obesity science for reducing the prevalence of obesity in national and international populations. This new fellowship will focus on clinical, translational, policy, or community-based research addressing obesity in underrepresented groups and issues of obesity-related disparities and inequities. A strong mentoring committee consisting of obesity experts in intervention science, epidemiology, population health, and the biology of obesity will mentor the chosen candidate in their specialization area, providing opportunities for first author publications and collaborations. Major emphasis will be placed on gaining skills for a successful independent research career, including leading original analyses and manuscripts, and other career development activities. Although the scholar will be appointed within the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, they may affiliate with any of Tufts schools, including Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Fletcher School. This fellowship is open to postdoctoral scholars, and MD fellows.
Tufts University is an equal opportunity employer and a major emphasis will be placed on support for personal and professional growth, including leadership training, time to attend workshops and seminars, activities to develop research skills, and tutorials for writing. A competitive salary and benefits in this interdisciplinary environment are offered. The position is for a one-year period initially with renewal for an additional year conditional on performance. Position available starting in mid 2021.
The chosen fellow will be a member of a vibrant Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center community. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Required education, experience and skills:
Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD/DrPH/ScD) or MD before the start of the fellowship plus demonstrated interest in some aspects of obesity, including causes, treatment, and prevention. Candidates should have strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Application should include:
• Cover letter describing previous achievements, making the connection between the mission of the Fellowship and your research interests and professional goals, any teaching, mentoring and/or service activities that have supported a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (maximum 2 pages)
• CV including a list of relevant publications
• Names of 3 individuals to contact for references
Applications should be submitted via Interfolio using this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/82165
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from Jan 4, 2021 to June 30, 2021, or until the position is filled.
Christina D. Economos, PhD
Professor, New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition
Chair of the Division of Nutrition Interventions, Communication, & Behavior Change
Director of ChildObesity180
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Susan B. Roberts, PhD
Director, Energy Metabolism Laboratory and Senior Scientist
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Aviva Must, PhD
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Public Health & Community Medicine
Dean, Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Tufts University School of Medicine
Adolfo G. Cuevas, PhD
School of Arts & Sciences, Tufts University
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