Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity: Exercise timing, circadian system, and cardiometabolic health


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A post-doctoral fellow position is immediately available for a human research project—using a randomized, cross-over design with highly-controlled in-laboratory protocols—to test the relationship between exercise timing and cardiometabolic outcomes in adults with prediabetes. This research will provide novel mechanistic insights into the link between exercise and the circadian system, and may help in the development of evidence-based personalized lifestyle interventions incorporating exercise timing to combat the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. 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. Jingyi Qian and Dr. Frank A.J.L. Scheer, 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:

We seek a post-doctoral fellow (MD or PhD) who has excellent experimental and analytical skills in physiology, ideally in human metabolic function, exercise physiology, and/or circadian biology 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 appointments 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 Jingyi Qian, PhD ( or Frank A.J.L. Scheer, 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.