University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellows in Appetite and Energy Balance

United Kingdom

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Research Fellows in Appetite and Energy Balance

Are you an ambitious post-doctoral researcher with an interest in appetite and energy balance? Do you want to be part of a large inter-disciplinary research project examining how changes in appetite, energy intake and energy expenditure oppose weight loss ? Do you have a background in human nutrition or physiology, exercise science or physical activity, psychology, or another health-related discipline?

This is an exciting opportunity for two ambitious and motivated individuals to work on a four-year research project, funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (PI; Dr Mark Hopkins), examining how changes in human appetite, energy intake and energy expenditure oppose dietary-induced weight loss. The project will integrate measures of whole-body and tissue-organ composition and energy expenditure with physiological and psychological measures of appetite, and free-living energy balance tracking technology will be used to measure energy intake and expenditure outside of the laboratory. We are looking for individuals with experience of conducting health-related research in humans. The successful candidates will be responsible for the management of day-to-day research activities, including participant recruitment, data collection, quantitative data analysis, manuscript writing, and outcome dissemination.

There are two posts available, and the ideal candidates will have knowledge and experience of body composition, physical activity and/or energy expenditure (e.g., accelerometers or indirect calorimetry), appetite or food intake, or psychological and behavioural measures of health in humans. Experience of collecting and processing biological samples such as urine or blood (e.g., venepuncture or cannulation) in humans is also desirable, as is experience of analysing complex quantitative data.

The project will be led by Dr. Mark Hopkins in the School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, but will work closely with members of the Appetite Control & Energy Balance research group (Prof. James Stubbs). The successful candidates will work with the project PI (Dr. Mark Hopkins) to develop their own research area within the broader objectives of the project, generating and pursuing original research ideas where appropriate. They will be supported in their development with tailored personal development plans that focus on the skills and experience needed to progress their chosen career paths.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Mark Hopkins, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology

Email: [email protected]

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment School/Institute: School of Food Science & Nutrition Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Working Time: 100% Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (from 1st September 2024 for 45 months until 31st May 2028) Release Date: Wednesday 08 May 2024 Closing Date: Wednesday 05 June 2024 Reference: ENVFS1106 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Research Fellows in Appetite and Energy Balance


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


May 09, 2024

Application deadline

June 05, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Medicine,Physics,Psychology,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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