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He Rourou Whai Painga: faecal microbiome changes with a healthy New Zealand diet in people at risk of Metabolic Syndrome

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Close date
Thursday, 30 June 2022
Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Medicine (Christchurch)
Professor Richard Gearry, Professor Nicole Roy, Professor Jeremy Krebs


The High-Value Nutrition He Rourou Whai Painga (HRWP) National Science Challenge is seeking expressions of interest in a funded PhD position (stipend and tuition fees for three years). As part of this project, you will be involved in the implementation of a long-term multi-centre dietary whānau orientated intervention study that will explore the impact of consuming a high-quality New Zealand food and beverage products on metabolic health.

Your project will focus on the analysis of dietary intake as it relates to changes in the faecal microbiome and metabolome contributing to metabolic disease risk and how adopting a high-quality Aotearoa New Zealand diet impacts food intake regulation and metabolic health. You may also have the opportunity to work with food and beverage product industry partners. A key role in the project will be recruiting and running the clinical trial in Christchurch with other staff.

The ideal applicant will have a master's or honours degree in microbiology, nutrition, dietetics or a highly related field. This position will be based at the University of Otago, Christchurch, with the potential for internal and external supervisory team.

To apply and for more information please contact:

Professor Richard Gearry


Professor Richard Gearry