Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging


University of California, San Diego


San Diego , California

Principal Investigator

Jeremy Elman


Please submit a cover letter, CV, and letters from three references to Drs. Jeremy Elman ( and William Kremen ( 


UCSD is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with the NIA-funded Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA) MRI study at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Psychiatry. VETSA comprises a set of longitudinal studies focused on behavior genetics of cognitive and brain aging as well and risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The position is for an initial two-year postdoc fellowship with the opportunity to extend.

VETSA has been funded continuously since 2002 and constitutes a rich study that can address a wide variety of important research questions elucidating risk and protective factors for cognitive and brain aging as well as life course development. In-depth cognitive, psychosocial and health, biomarker, GWAS, multi-omic, and air pollution exposure data have been collected in over 1,600 participants across three waves with multi-modal neuroimaging acquired on approximately one-third of the sample. A fourth wave of data collection is well underway. The MRI sessions include structural, diffusion, and arterial spin labeling (ASL) acquisitions. The fellowship also includes opportunities to participate in several international consortia, including CHARGE, ENIGMA, IGEMS, and PGC.

Responsibilities: The candidate will have opportunities to participate in all aspects of analysis and interpretation of data. This will primarily focus on neuroimaging-related analysis, but also includes traditional twin analyses, GWAS, polygenic risk scores, causal-modeling and biomarker analyses. The candidate will be heavily involved in writing and preparation of manuscripts, presentations for scientific meetings, and grant writing. The candidate will be encouraged and mentored to develop his or her own independent research program. There will be ample opportunity to interact with a large multidisciplinary multisite team of over a dozen investigators at UCSD and with VETSA faculty at other institutions including Boston, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of California Riverside.

Salary:  NIH rates based on experience; UCSD has excellent benefits.

Start date: Positions are open now and review of applications is ongoing. 


UCSD is recruiting applicants with:

  • Expertise in neuroimaging analysis 
  • Demonstrated experience and strong interest in neuropsychology, aging, Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, and/or health-related factors. 
  • A Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, or a related field
  • A strong statistical background and excellent written and oral communication skills.