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T32 Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Aging, Weight Loss, and Musculoskeletal Health

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  • T32 Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Aging, Weight Loss, and Musculoskeletal Health

    An NIH T32-supported POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP position is available through the Sticht Center
    on Aging at Wake Forest School of Medicine for candidates seeking clinical research training, with a specific focus
    on weight loss and musculoskeletal health in older adults. Applicants must have prior exposure to research, must
    have received a Ph.D., M.D., or a comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution,
    must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must be interested in pursuing an academic research career.
    Salary is commensurate with experience according to NIH stipend levels. Postdoctoral fellows in the Center are
    provided with supervised didactic and experiential research training under the direction of one-on-one and team
    mentoring from accomplished, cohesive, and multi-disciplinary faculty. Postdoctoral fellows gain knowledge, skills
    and competencies in: assessing specific clinical health outcomes, the design and conduct of observational and/or
    interventional studies, technological research methodology, and are taught and encouraged to submit research
    proposals for independent grant funding.

    For this specific position, the fellow will work contribute to two recently funded NIA projects examining the effect
    of weight loss on musculoskeletal structure and function in older adults, as well as potential counteractant effects
    of skeletal loading and resistance exercise. Tasks include: 1) assisting with intervention delivery/data collection,
    as needed, 2) reviewing literature on weight loss associated muscle and bone loss and techniques for measuring
    muscle and bone health using computed tomography (CT), 3) application of techniques to assess intervention
    related changes in CT-derived muscle and bone outcome (such as mid-thigh muscle and intermuscular fat
    volumes, volumetric bone mineral density, cortical bone thickness, and bone strength quantified via finite
    element modeling), and 4) leading study design and select outcome paper writing group efforts.

    Interested candidates should send cover letter and curriculum vitae to: Dr. Kristen Beavers (

    Kristen M. Beavers, PhD, MPH, RD
    Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science Department, Wake Forest University
    Affiliate Faculty, Biomedical Engineering Department, Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Winston-Salem, NC,
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