EUROD Young Investigator Call

26.04.2021

The European Renal Osteodystrophy (EUROD) initiative is hiring a highly motivated fellow for a clinical research position.

The European Renal Osteodystrophy (EUROD) initiative was created in 2016 under the umbrella of the ERA-EDTA Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone disease (CKD-MBD) working group to revitalize bone biopsy as a clinically useful tool and to foster research on the epidemiology, implications and reversibility of renal osteodystrophy. As such, the EUROD initiative aims to increase the understanding of renal osteodystrophy and ultimately to improve outcomes for CKD patients.

A position is available as a Young Researcher within the EUROD initiative. An important task will be to function as an overall facilitator for EUROD, in addition to completing an ambitious clinical research project in an international setting.

Your profile:

You hold an MSc in biomedical sciences, biochemistry, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences or related discipline, with a PhD degree or relevant research experience, preferably in a field related to bone /mineral metabolism/chronic kidney disease. You are highly motivated and dedicated to executing a challenging project. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a necessity, along with good communication skills and team-working abilities. Experience with statistical analysis and programming is an advantage. The position is available from Sept 2021, with some flexibility.

We offer:

We offer an exciting and challenging position in an international research environment for 1 year. Your main affiliation will be the Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Research Group, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, KU Leuven, Belgium. Your salary will be determined according to the standard pay scales of the KU Leuven.

Administrative tasks:

As an overall facilitator for the EUROD Initiative, you will provide organizational support for Steering Committee meetings and educational events, including the yearly educational CME (EUROD Winter Meeting). Further, you will assist the initiative’s efforts to establish a European bone biopsy registry (www.eurod.net), and to harmonize the bone biopsy procedure across centers in Europe.

Clinical research:

Overall research aims are: 1) to describe the epidemiology of ROD in Europe and determine if ROD subtypes confer increased risk for fractures, cardiovascular morbidity, or mortality; and 2) to investigate determinants of PTH responsiveness in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), focusing on potential geographical and ethnical differences. Two international, prospective registries form the basis of this research: 1) European CKD patients, with detailed bone phenotypes, including a transiliac bone biopsy (the EUROD Registry), and 2) ESKD patients on hemodialysis therapy from 11 countries with geographic diversity (the DOPPS Registry).

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted to Prof. Dr. Pieter Evenepoel (pieter.evenepoel@uzleuven.be) before July 1, 2021. Your application should contain a motivation letter, a summary of your previous research experience, CV and publication list, and your marks/degrees obtained during your Master studies. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

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