California Dementia Epidemiology Postdoctoral Training Program


University of California

Principal Investigator

Dr. Elizabeth Rose Mayeda-UCLA; Dr. Rachel Whitmer-UC Davis; Dr. Maria Glymour-UCSF; Dr. Maria Corrada-UC Irvine


Victoria Mansour or any of the PIs listed above


The school invites applications from prospective postdoctoral fellows to a new postdoctoral training program in the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Fellows will work with faculty at four University of California campuses (UCLA, UC Davis, UCSF, and UC Irvine) on multiple research projects related to the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive aging. The projects emphasize racial/ethnic inequalities, social determinants, vascular risk factors, and research methods. Fellows will choose a primary campus but collaborate with faculty at the three other campuses. This program arises from collaborative projects of faculty members at the four campuses (Dr. Elizabeth Rose Mayeda at UCLA; Dr. Rachel Whitmer at UC Davis; Dr. Maria Glymour at UCSF; and Dr. Maria Corrada at UC Irvine). The expectation is that the strongest and most exciting training and research opportunities arise from experiences in multiple research settings. Fellows will each have a home campus which will be the site of their primary appointment. Support will be provided for fellows to spend weeklong rotations at one or more other campuses to enhance their learning and research collaboration opportunities. During this time, fellows will be expected to publish first-authored manuscripts on projects aligned with the home research group, collaborate on projects outside the home research group (i.e. with one or more of the other three campuses), and prepare grant applications to establish research independence. Salaries are competitive at the home campus, and additional support will be provided for travel, research presentations, and research expenses.

The earliest start date is fall 2018, but later start dates for competitive candidates will be considered.

To indicate interest in the position, submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research, and one manuscript (published or unpublished), as a single document.

Cover letters should indicate preferred campus or campuses and goal start date.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in epidemiology, neuropsychology, biostatistics, or related quantitative health research area. Research experience in social determinants of health, health disparities, cognitive aging, vascular disease, neuropathology, or neuroimaging is desirable. Methodologic expertise in longitudinal data analysis, psychometric methods, simulation modeling, or structural equation modeling is also desirable.