Postdoc position in Gender and Health

Research / Academic


The research program of the Department of Health Sciences has been established in close collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Health (APH) Research Institute. The departments research activities are devoted to public health. The definition of public health we use is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organisations, public and private, communities and individuals”.


Sex differences in protein needs of older adults

This project will examine if protein needs differ between older men and women. This will be done by performing an epidemiological study on differences between older men and women in the association of protein intake with loss of muscle mass and physical function.

Ageing is associated with a gradual loss of muscle mass and muscle function with a subsequent decline in physical performance. A low dietary protein intake is one of the (modifiable) factors that likely influences this decline. Current guidelines for dietary protein intake advise >=0.8 grams of protein per kilogram body weight each day (g/kg body weight/d), irrespective of age and sex. However, sex differences in body composition or hormones may influence protein needs in old age. This project will therefore examine if protein needs differ between older men and women by studying differences in the (shape of the) association between dietary protein intake and loss of muscle mass and physical function decline in a US and Dutch cohort of older adults using sophisticated statistical techniques. In addition, differences by race will be explored.


This project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)

The post doc will perform extensive statistical analyses with data from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study and the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). The postdoc will explore the shape of the association between protein intake and loss in muscle mass and incidence of mobility limitations by sex (and race) and define optimal cut-off levels of protein intake by sex using spline regression models and curves. The postdoc will publish at least one scientific paper in an open access journal, will present the results at relevant (inter)national conferences and will actively contribute to the dissemination of study results within the European PROMISS project (


The candidate should have a Msc and PhD in Health Sciences, (Clinical) Epidemiology, Social Sciences or other related discipline, with a strong focus on epidemiological research;
• excellent (and proven) skills in sophisticated statistical techniques in epidemiological research;
• excellent (and proven) ability to communicate in both written and spoken Dutch and English;
• strong scientific motivation;
• good social skills, ability to work independently, but also in a team;

Salary Benefits:

The appointment will be for 10 months (0.8 fte). The position will start the latest December 1st, 2018.
You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:
• remuneration of  8,3% end-of-year bonus and  8% holiday allowance;
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• possibilities to work part-time with a maximum of 0.65 fte;
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• participation in Individual Choices model;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge. 

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and range from a minimum of € 2640,00 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 4166,00 gross per month (salary scale 10.0-12) based on a full-time employment and in line with CAO NU. 

Work Hours:

32 hours per week


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