Jobs

Postdoctoral Opening: Cognitive and Neuroimaging Studies of Aging, Memory, and Alzheimer's Disease in Older African Americans

Employer

Rutgers University-Newark

Location

Newark, New Jersey

Principal Investigator

Mark Gluck

Contact

Applicants should begin by contacting Mark Gluck by email to gluck@newark.rutgers.edu with a complete CV, a cover-letter addressing the degree to which they fit each of the four desiderata noted above, clarification on their current location and visa status, along with a summary of their relevant skills, background, future career goals, prior experience, and why they think they are a good fit to the research and lab (please review both web sites before applying). 

Description

The Aging & Brain Health Alliance at Rutgers seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to join the lab to work on cognitive and neuroimaging studies of how individual differences in physical activity (or aerobic fitness), sleep, and genetics influence aging, memory and Alzheimer’s disease in older African Americans. With funding from the National Institute on Aging  at NIH, the Office of Minority Health at HHS, and the New Jersey Department of Health’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Rutgers is conducting: (1) cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of risk and resilience to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans, as well as (2) interventional studies examining how physical activity and aerobic exercise reduce biomarkers for Alzheimer’s risk. Other studies look at how sleep patterns relate to age-related cognitive decline, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s risk. The lab uses multiple methods including fMRI, genetics, cognitive, behavioral, fitness, EEG sleep monitoring (polysomnography), and health assessments. 

For additional details, lecture videos, an overview of current lab members, and downloadable publications and research summaries, see our lab web site at http://www.gluck.edu/ and the community web site for the Rutgers Aging & Brain Health Alliance at https://brainhealth.rutgers.edu/.  

Requirements

  1. Prior experience with experimental studies of sleep, genetics, memory, behavior and/or human brain function, especially prior fMRI brain imaging experience. 
  2. (Rigorous training and experience in statistics, data analysis, and human experimental research methods.
  3. Prior experience writing and submitting both academic papers and research grants.  
  4. A strong interest in and familiarity working with minority populations, especially African Americans; 

While Rutgers is open to all candidates who fit all or most of the above criteria, it has a strong preference for applicants who are currently living and working in the U.S. and are either US Citizens or Permanent Residents (“Green Card” holders).