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    Dr K Küpers
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

We are looking for

We are looking for a candidate for a four-year PhD trajectory in our project on the prediction of kidney function decline and mortality in post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients. Kidney function decline is strongly associated with preterm mortality in post-MI patients, but it is still unclear why. In this project we focus on nutritional and molecular aspects in the prediction and aetiology of kidney function decline in this specific patient group. With this research we expect to define risk profiles for post-MI patients and their risk for kidney function decline and preterm mortality.

We aim to combine advanced epidemiological analyses for risk factors (including nutrition and lifestyle) with biomarkers and ‘omics’ analyses. The research project includes important methodological challenges regarding the combination of classical risk factors with biomarkers and ‘omics’ data, within the context of epidemiological research. Therefore, experience with human molecular data and with epidemiological research is preferred.

With this research we intent to add knowledge for prevention, prognosis and treatment in post-MI patients, in addition to medication. Ideally, this integration of nutrition, lifestyle and molecular information in cardiovascular risk management adds to a decrease in complications and medication use.

The project will use data of the Alpha Omega Trial (, a cohort of approximately 5000 individuals between 60 and 80 years old, mostly male (78%), with a verified history of MI prior to study enrollment.


For this position we request that the candidate:
- has an MSc degree in (clinical, nutritional or molecular) epidemiology, biomedical sciences, nutrition, bioinformatics, or a related field;
- has experience with writing scripts in SAS or R;
- works in an independent and self-motivated manner;
- is fluent in the English language

We offer

We offer you a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2266,- in the first year rising up to €2897,- per month in the fourth year. The post will start as soon as possible.

We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact dr. Leanne Küpers, postdoctoral researcher, telephone number +31 317485102
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Rob van Meegen telephone number +31 317485466


You can apply online at until 14 January 2019.

We are

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research, an organisation that brings together fundamental and applied scientific research. We work on creating ‘healthy food in a biobased society’ with private sector companies, research institutes and government agencies in the Netherlands and abroad. Our innovations play a crucial role in solving the major issues which affect society today. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are key in all that we do. In short, we are a major international employer offering considerable potential for your career.

Wageningen University & Research

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Chair group Nutrition and Disease

We are a team of experts in the field of epidemiology, nutrition, medicine, physiology, biostatistics and medical biology. We conduct observational epidemiological studies, experimental studies in individuals at (high-)risk or with (preclinical) disease, and meta-analyses. Novel methods of dietary assessment and data-analysis, as well as (bio)markers of exposure, function, metabolism, genetic susceptibility, body composition, and (pre-) disease are being developed, evaluated and used in these studies in collaboration with colleagues within the Division of Human Nutrition and Health.
The societal mission of the chair group is ‘to decrease the risk of (chronic) disease and improve the health of those with a disease through better nutrition’. Our scientific mission is ‘to conduct interdisciplinary human observational and experimental research on nutrition in disease aetiology, during treatment and for prognosis’.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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