PhD Scholarship – Improving metabolic health outcomes in shift workers: a three arm parallel weight loss intervention in overweight shift workers

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Job No: 599605 Location: Notting Hill Employment Type: Full-time Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment Remuneration: $27,872 AUD per annum full-time rate (tax-free stipend for 3 years) The Opportunity Shift workers are a significant subset of the Australian population who are disproportionately at greater risk for obesity, type-2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Weight loss is a logical target for reducing disease risk in this population, however, the unique physiological, behaviour and environmental exposures faced by shift workers is a challenge for designing effective weight loss strategies. There is persuasive evidence from our research group to show that meal timing, or eating late into the night, as is common in shift workers, is associated with metabolic complications such as impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance potentially contributing to weight gain.

Yet this weight gain appears to be in the absence of a greater caloric load. Proposed research: The NHMRC have invested in a four-year project (SWIFt) to compare unique approaches to weight loss in shift working populations with continuous energy restriction. Intermittent fasting (IF) involves alternating between ad libitum ‘feeding’ days (5 per week) and ‘fasting’ days (2 per week) and is otherwise known as 5:2.

The flexibility in choosing ‘fasting’ days should enable shift workers to tailor their dietary intakes around shift schedules. This PhD will contribute to our understanding of what dietary behaviours best support the needs of shift workers to reduce metabolic risk factors. This project will involve actively contributing to a large RCT and provide a detailed analysis of habitual dietary intake in a shift working population, assessment of phenotype (including metabolic markers and anthropometry), assessment of lifestyle behaviours such as exercise and sleep patterns.

Finally, relating the phenotypes, behaviours and weight loss outcomes to genotype. Candidate requirements: A completed undergraduate degree with Honours H1 or equivalent A completed Masters by Research degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification that includes a substantial research component written up as an academic thesis, awarded at or above distinction level or equivalent A demonstrated interest in nutrition Undergraduate major or minor in one or more of the following disciplines: Nutrition Biochemistry Physiology Biomedical science Immunology Applications To apply, please ensure you include with your application a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae and academic transcript(s). Interested candidates, please contact Associate Professor Maxine Bonham ( Maxine.

Bonhammonash.edu ) for more detail of the application procedure. Please specify the project name above when making enquiries.

Closing Date Monday 18 November 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT.

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13 Nov 2019

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