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Job announcements / Fellowship: Newcastle University (UK)
The 2020 Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship Scheme, is now open for applications with a closing date of 6th March 2020.  Anyone within the ECN who is interested should contact Prof. John Mathers (email: ) in the first instance to let him know if they are interested in applying.  John will be delighted to give more background to the application process and the University to the potential candidate.

This is an excellent opportunity for talented researchers in nutrigenomics to develop towards an independent career.
NUAcT Clinical Fellows will join a thriving cohort of talented early career researchers across the NUAcT Scheme and across the whole University.
A candidate briefing pack for those applying to the Medicine and Biological Sciences panel is attached.
What does the NUAcT programme offer?
   • Five years' salary (or five years FTE equivalent if working part time)
   • Initial fixed term appointment with progression to an open-ended contract subject to review
   • Research expenses (up to £50k, subject to research programme needs)
   • Funding for a PhD studentship associated with the research project
   • Dedicated mentors with world class expertise and significant research management experience
   • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class interdisciplinary research centres
   • A bespoke personal development plan and extensive training opportunities
   • Peer support from a cross disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers
Further details about how to apply can be found by following this link.
A direct link to the recruitment portal for the NUAcT Clinical Fellowship can be reached by clicking here:
External training / Free course on molecular biological pathways and networks
Interested in pathway analysis?

Check out a free course on molecular biological pathways and networks that the BiGCaT department of Bioinformatics at Maastricht University created for the Helis Academy.

“Learn create and curate pathways, put them on WikiPathways and use them for omics analysis or as the start of biological networks that can be used for more advanced types of analysis”.

Course date: 30-31  March 2020
Further information and registration details at:
PhD/training funding / NuGO training grants
6th Nutrition Winter School 27-31 January 2020,Levi, Finnish Lapland

Title: Diet and Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body
Date: 27-31 January 2020, Levi, Lapland, Finland

Course Website:

Grants: NuGO will make 4 course grants available for PhDs and postdocs (< 3 years after obtaining the PhD) covering the course fee of 550€. For more details about the grant and how to apply please visit: grants Winterschool Lapland 2020

Deadline grant application: 31 October 2019.

For detailed infomation about this symposium please visit the programme
External training / The 6th Nutrition Winter School

Diet and Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body
27.1. – 31.1.2020, Levi, Lapland, Finland
Nutrition Winter School is a scientific seminar aimed at young post docs and PhD students from the fields of nutrition, medicine, and biochemistry. Ever since we organized this event for the first time in 2009, our goal has been to gather early-career scientists and top researchers from various backgrounds to enjoy scientific lectures and fruitful discussions under the magical atmosphere of the Finnish Lapland.
The 6th Nutrition Winter School will take place in Lapland at Levi, Kittilä, Finland from January 27th to 31st, 2020. This time the theme of the seminar is Diet and Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body. This theme is covered by internationally renowned experts from a clinical, experimental, and molecular biological point-of-view.
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Robert-Jan Brummer, Örebro University                                   Dr Federica Facciotti, European Institute of Oncology
Prof. Karl-Heinz Herzig, University of Oulu                                         Dr Jonna Jalanka, University of Helsinki
Prof. Stefan Kiechl, Medical University of Innsbruck                        Prof. Eero Mervaala, University of Helsinki
Dr Milla Pietiäinen, University of Helsinki                                           Dr Justus Reunanen, University of Oulu
Dr Anu Ruusunen, University of Eastern Finland                              Prof Seppo Salminen, University of Turku        
Prof Michael Schemann, Technical University of München              Dr Filip Scheperjans, Helsinki University Hospital       
Prof. Magnus Simrén, University of Gothenburg

Check out the preliminary program:
Early Bird registration and call for abstracts are now open! Be fast and book your place today!
ECN webinars 2019 / 6th September 2019- ECN multivariate statistics webinar 2
The ECN committee are pleased to announce the second webinar in our series on multivariate statistics that will be delivered by Dr Claus Mayer:

Sparse multivariate methods and integration of omics data sets

Friday 6th September, 16:00-17:00 CET

Multivariate methods like principle component analysis (PCA) or partial least squares (PLS) are essential in revealing structure in high-dimensional omics type data, where the number of variables is typically much larger than the number of samples (p>>n). As useful as these methods are to study the relationship between samples the high number of variables obscures the interpretation which genes, proteins or metabolites contribute to the patterns we see. Sparse methods enforce the loadings of most variables to be 0, while still explaining much of the variation in the data and thus enable an easier biological interpretation of the results. Dr Mayer will introduce sparse versions of some commonly used multivariate methods and illustrate their use in data examples.
In a second part he will present methods that simultaneously analyse two (or more) data sets like Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) or Co-Inertia Analysis (CIA). These tools allow to study the joint influence of two sets of variables (eg. a transcriptomic and a proteomic data set) on the variation within samples while showing the relationship between the data sets at the same time.

Dr Claus Mayer is a senior statistician working for Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland. His main area of research in recent years has been the analysis of high-dimensional genomics data with a particular emphasis on gene expression studies (microarrays, RNAseq) and related areas (proteomics, methylation studies. Dr Mayer has worked on methods of integrating/combining such omics data sets from different sources like combining high-dimensional  data from different stages of an experiment in a group-sequential setting, conducting meta-analysis of comparable gene expression studies or integrating different types of omics data collected from the same samples. Dr Mayer has also investigated ways of quickly calculating overall summary statistics of pairwise (cross-) correlations within one or more high-dimensional data sets and has studied ways of turning such (partial) correlation structures into sparse biologically interpretable networks.

Sign up for the webinar at:
NuGO conference 2019 / ECN annual social 2019- Tuesday 10th September
Join us in Bern during NuGOweek 2019 for the NuGO ECN annual social !

This year there will be an adventure room, speed-networking, refreshments and more!

Don't miss out, participation is limited, please sign up on the NuGOweek 2019 registration homepage.

Further information is given in the attached flyer.

Many thanks to Michel Combes for the flyer design:)
ECN webinars 2019 / 28th June 2019: ECN webinar on Multivariate statistics- part 1
The first webinar in a three part series on the theme of multivariate statistics in nutrition will be delivered by Maren Büttner 

How to uncover biological patterns in omics data
Friday 28th June, 16:00 CET

This webinar is targeted at researchers who are using (or plan to use) omic data such as metabolomics, proteomics or transcriptomics to address their research questions. The first part of the webinar will cover how to use principal component analysis (PCA) as a tool for dimensionality reduction and detection of biases. In addition, guidance will be provided on how to select the number of meaningful components and how to interpret the loadings of principal components (if necessary). The second part of the webinar will explore how to complete basic clustering, including hierarchical clustering (e.g. as used in dendrograms), and how to extract groups from it. A practical example of the typical workflow for these analyses will be provided with an R script example for those who use R programming.

Extensive knowledge in R programming is not essential to participate in the webinar but the application of some of the methods is demonstrated in the R environment.

To sign up, please register directly at:
Job announcements / Postdoc fellowships in ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Finding Sustainable Sources of Nutrition

Future Food is a Swiss research initiative that provides opportunities to educate and train new talent around the food value chain by leveraging the complementary strengths of the Swiss academic and industrial research communities.

The 'fellowship' is a postdoc programme for exceptionally qualified young researchers who propose projects targeting future food issues such as nutrition, production, packaging and digital health. The fellowship provides personal research funds for three years, enabling fellows to work on their projects in a research laboratory anywhere in Switzerland with a “champion” in academia (the host professor at ETH Zurich or EPFL) and in industry (the industry partner).

The aim is to award up to ten fellowships each year. The actual number depends on how many candidates successfully complete a selection process culminating with a face-to-face interview. In addition to scientific skills, the personality and motivation of the candidates will also be considered. However, the main criterion for selection is scientific excellence combined with industrial relevance. The call for new research or translational projects is conducted once every year.

For further information, visit:
Job announcements / Post doc job vacancy- Food Research Center (FoRC) application deadline 24.4.19
The Food Research Center (FoRC) has opened a selection for a post-doctoral fellowship linked to a study aiming to evaluate the effects of d-limonene on metabolism. FoRC is a research center supported by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), located at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil.

D-limonene is a monoterpene abundant in citrus fruits known for its hypoglycaemic and hypolipidemic effects. The focus of the study is to evaluate mechanisms of action not yet explored, aiming to understand how this compound can modulate metabolism and prevent chronic diseases. For this purpose, a study in animal models will be carried out and different metabolomics platforms as well as metagenomic and gene expression analysis will be employed to assess d-limonene effects.

The ideal candidate must have:
• Obtained the PhD degree in the last 7 years;
• Have formal training in analytical chemistry (bachelor degree in chemistry, biochemistry,
pharmacy or related areas);
• Demonstrated experience in targeted and untargeted metabolomics. This includes the operation of qToF and triple quadrupole mass spectrometers and familiarity with data analysis softwares and mass spectrometry databases;
• Experience in R for data analysis;
• Experience with metabolomics analysis applied to nutrition/ metabolism of phytochemicals;
• Be the first author in at least one scientific publication in an indexed journal.

Applicants must send a CV, motivation letter and one recommendation letter to until 25/04/2019. A final decision will be made until the 05/05/2019. The estimated date to start the new position is 01/07/2019.
FAPESP post-doctoral fellowships consist of monthly allowances of R$7373,10 and additional grant equivalent to 15% of the monthly allowances to cover costs related to the research project. The fellowship is granted for 2 years, with the possibility of extension for 2 extra years. Applicants living further than 350 Km from São Paulo are entitled to a relocation allowance and covering of travel costs.
Job announcements / Job opening- AFI R&D Gut Health
A job opening that might be of interest to PhDs or post docs working in nutrition and gut health.
Arla foods Ingredients (AFI) are looking for a skilled nutrition research scientist within Gut Health & Disease to drive our research activities together with external academia partners. Different backgrounds are possible, but with the requirement of a PhD (or similar experience).
For further information, please consult:
ECN webinars 2019 / 25th March 2019: 9th ECN webinar on Pathway analysis
Pathway analysis in the nutritional field using PathVisio and WikiPathways

DATE: Monday, 25th March at 16:00 h (CET)
HOST: Dr. Susan Coort (Department of Bioinformatics-BiGCaT, NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University, NL)

The ECN are pleased to announce our 9th webinar that will address how pathway analysis in PathVisio can be performed and how it is applied in the nutritional field. The webinar will start with an explanation of the online biological pathway repository WikiPathways ( It will be shown how pathways can be created and curated. Thereafter, pathway analysis of various types of omics data will be discussed. The overrepresentation analysis (ORA), the statistical method used, will be explained and it will be shown how the researcher can find affected biological processes based on molecular changes. The open-source pathway analysis tool, PathVisio (, will be explained in detail. Both the statistical and visualization module within PathVisio will be addressed. Finally, several nutritional example studies will be described and the pathway results will be discussed.

Susan Coort is working as an assistant professor at the department of Bioinformatics-BiGCaT, NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University.

REGISTRATION: Attendance is FREE but registration is required
Send an email to ECN NuGO with:

– Email subject ‘Registration to Online Webinar’
– Your full name

Space is limited and priority is given to ECN members on a first-come-first-served basis. Details for accessing the webinar will be sent upon registration.
External training / Proteomics course with grants available
We are pleased to announce an Advanced Proteomics course, organised by the Graduate School VLAG and the Laboratory of Biochemistry, Wageningen University and Research, will take place from 27th to 30th August 2019.

Three course grants are being offered by NuGO. These grants are only available for PhD students from one of the NuGO member organisations. For more information visit:

Note that the deadline for a grant application is: 22 February 2019 (and not 5 March as mentioned on the course pages).

One should register and besides that a CV, motivation letter from the applicant and a support letter from the supervisor should be send to:
Symposiums / PhD Defense: Genetic Variations in Connection
Sign up for a one day symposium at Maastrict on the topic of:

“Genetic Variations In Connection; Understanding the Effects of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in their Biological Context”

Elisa Cirillo – PhD candidate @ BiGCaT – Department of Bioinformatics / Maastricht University

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. C.T.A. Evelo
Co-supervisors: dr. S.L.M. Coort, Dr. L.D. Parnell


Registration before 16th January at: