POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: Nutritional epidemiologist

Universitat Rovira i Virgili
 |  27.04.2021

The Human Nutrition Unit (HNU) at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Reus, is an interdisciplinary and dynamic team with extensive experience and sufficient autonomy in developing epidemiological studies, clinical trials, and basic research. The scope of this research group is to evaluate the effect of dietary patterns or dietary compounds on obesity, type 2 diabetes (T2D), metabolic syndrome (MetS), cardiovascular diseases (CVD), colorectal cancer and male fertility. We focus on the effect of dietary components and functional foods on energy balance, lipid profile, inflammation, oxidation, and glucose metabolism, as well as on the effect of dietary patterns on the primary prevention of CVD and diabetes. 

Our research group is coordinating a national funded project aimed to evaluate the effect of an intensive weight loss intervention based on an energy restricted Mediterranean diet, physical activity promotion, and behavioral support on hard cardiovascular events in comparison with a control group receiving usual care, including the recommendation to follow an energy-unrestricted Mediterranean diet without any advice to increase physical activity (PREDIMED-Plus study). The primary end point of this trial is a composite of CVD events (cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and nonfatal stroke), but also we will ascertain other secondary obesity-related endpoints and intermediate risk factors.

We are looking for a motivated, self-driven postdoctoral researcher to join the group. The researcher will be based in the research group headed by Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, and internationally recognized researcher.

The position will involve Conducting statistical analysis in large epidemiological and intervention cohorts (and ‘omic’ datasets); supervising and coordinating PhD candidates and degree/master projects; increasing the statistical skills of the group; helping in other statistical needs related to the projects of the research group, drafting publications related to scope of the group.

Previous experience in nutritional epidemiology will be considered. Publications, projects, invited congress conferences and other merits will be also well-considered. Self-motivation, independence, flexible working attitude and ability to motivate workmates will be positively evaluated.


Nutritional Epidemiology·         

Nutrition and dietetics·         

Public Health


  • Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics,  Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Medicine, Pharmacy, or similar·         
  • Master’s degree in Nutrition, Biostatistics, Public Health, or similar·         
  • PhD in Biomedicine, Nutrition, or similar·         
  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievement in epidemiology and nutrition·         
  • Experience in statistical analysis and dealing with STATA, SPSS, SAS or R.


  • Conducting descriptive and predictive statistical analyses·         
  • Conducting advanced statistical models·         
  • Drafting original articles for publication in high impact factor journals·         
  • Disseminate findings at conferences, workshops, scientific journals, and other channels


  • Motivated, self-directed researcher capable of setting and meeting deadlines and delivering research outputs·         
  • Strong organization and team-working skills·        
  •  Effective verbal and written communication skills·         
  • Good level of English language (written and spoken)


Duration: 1 year renewable // Starting date: between 2 and 4 month·         

Contract: Full time

CODE: PI21020

Deadline for applications: 10 June 2021