Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity: Circadian misalignment, meal timing, and human metabolism




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A post-doctoral fellow position is immediately available for a new human research project—using highly- controlled in-laboratory protocols—testing the effect of meal timing as a countermeasure against the adverse effects of circadian misalignment on glucoregulation, microbiota composition/function, barrier integrity, and inflammatory markers, and the interaction with MTNR1B genotype of research participants (please see recent publications, e.g., PMID: 34860550; PMID: 34861073, PMID: 31915891, 31427142, 31901302). This research will help us understand the influence of when we eat, in addition to what we eat, on metabolic health, the influence of circadian misalignment, and countermeasures against it. In the new project, we further test the effect of MTNR1B genotype on glucose tolerance. The successful applicant will be expected to complete this project and develop new research initiatives.

The selected candidate will work under the co-supervision of Dr. Frank A.J.L. Scheer and Dr. Jingyi Qian, at the Medical Chronobiology Program (MCP), at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The MCP investigates the impact of the circadian system and circadian disruption on health and disease, as well as countermeasures against adverse health effects. We primarily study humans and focus on cardiometabolic function. More information about the MCP can be found at:

Expected background of candidates

We seek a post-doctoral fellow (MD or PhD) who has excellent experimental and analytical skills in physiology, ideally in human metabolic function, nutrition, and/or circadian physiology and a record of publications in these areas. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as to perform effectively within a team. Excellent organizational, communication, and scientific writing skills are essential. We expect a strong interest in this research area, outstanding motivation, and a firm commitment to quality and productivity. Expected start date: immediate, or soon thereafter. The initial appointment will be for 2 years, renewable annually thereafter.

How to apply

To apply for a position, the following documents should be sent by email to Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD ( or Jingyi Qian, PhD (

  • Cover letter including motivation

  • CV including contact information for three references

  • Although this is not a condition of employment, please indicate whether or not you would be

    eligible for an NIH training fellowship (US citizen or permanent resident).

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.