PhD Position: Influence of female-specific hormonal factors on body composition and body weight trajectory

Supervisors: Dr Jennifer L Miles-Chan (School of Biological Sciences) & Dr Kathryn Bradbury (School of Population Health), University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Collaborator: Professor Berit Heitmann, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Project Description: The influence of female–specific hormonal factors on body weight and body composition is largely unknown, owing mainly to a lack of robust longitudinal data. In particular, it remains to be determined if these factors modify risk for future weight gain and obesity. This project aims to decipher the effects of variables such as pregnancy, hormonal contraceptives, and hormone replacement therapy on body composition and body weight trajectory using large, existing, international datasets.
This project would suit someone with a background in epidemiology, medical statistics and/or public health and a flair for biostatistics and data. However, enthusiastic and self-motivated candidates from other backgrounds with an interest in epidemiology, nutrition and metabolism are also welcome to apply.

Funding: Applications are encouraged from students with potential for obtaining a funded fellowship (typically a grade point average >8.0 (an “A” equivalent or above). Applicants must have a first class Honours degree or second class division one (bachelor or masters level); or comparable qualifications. Both international and domestic students are eligible.
About the University of Auckland: The University of Auckland is ranked within the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings, making it New Zealand’s highest ranked university. It is also recipient of a five star plus QS Stars University Rating for excellence in the categories: Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation, Innovation and Inclusiveness. The University is located in the harbour city of Auckland, with easy access to stunning beaches and forests, and has a diverse student community, combined with an inclusive and tolerant culture.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed to Dr Jennifer L Miles-Chan ( and include your CV, academic transcript, names and contact details of two referees and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the project and outlining any relevant experience.