We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Behavior Genetics of Aging in the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry.
The fellow will work primarily on the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA). VETSA comprises a set of NIA-funded longitudinal studies of cognitive and brain aging that is now near completion of its third wave. It is a large, multi-disciplinary project in which subjects undergo extensive neuropsychological, psychosocial, health/medical, and multi-modal neuroimaging (MRI) assessments. Subjects also have GWAS data and biomarker assays are underway.
VETSA has a strong emphasis on early identification of risk for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. With nearly 1500 subjects, each undergoing 10-12 hours of assessments at each wave, VETSA constitutes a rich dataset that can address a wide variety of research questions, and provides opportunities to learn about its wide-ranging components. A new VETSA study will also be examining effects of air pollution exposure on cognitive and brain aging.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in at least one of the following: aging; Alzheimer's disease; neuroimaging; or genetics. The candidate will participate in all aspects of analysis and interpretation of data in traditional twin as well as GWAS analyses, and in writing and preparation of manuscripts, presentations for scientific meetings, and grant writing. The candidate is also expected to work with investigators to develop his/her own grant proposals. The postdoc also includes opportunities to participate in several international twin/genetics consortia, including CHARGE, ENIGMA, IGEMS, and PGC. The candidate will work with the large multi-site team of over a dozen investigators at UCSD and other institutions. Key investigators: Drs. Carol Franz, Matthew Panizzon, Anders Dale, Michael Lyons, and Michael Neale.