Postdoctoral Opening: Cognitive and Neuroimaging Studies of Exercise, Sleep, and Genetic Influences on Memory and Alzheimer's Disease in Older African Americans


Rutgers University-Newark. Center for Neuroscience


Newark, New Jersey

Principal Investigator

Mark Gluck


Applicants should begin by contacting Mark Gluck by email to with a complete CV, a cover letter addressing the degree to which he or she fits each of the four desiderata noted above, clarification on his or her current location and visa status, along with a summary of his or her relevant skills, background, future career goals, prior experience, and how he or she would be a good fit to the research and lab (please review both our web sites before applying).

Please also include a PDF sample of a published first-authored paper if available.


The Gluck lab seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to join the lab at Rutgers University-Newark to work on cognitive and neuroimaging studies of how individual differences in exercise (or aerobic fitness), sleep, and genetics influence 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, the lab is conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of risk and resilience to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans, as well as interventional studies examining how physical activity and aerobic exercise reduce biomarkers for Alzheimer’s risk. Its 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 the lab web site at and community web site for the Rutgers Aging & Brain Health Alliance at


The lab seeks applicants with some or all of the following:

  1. Prior experience with experimental studies of sleep, genetics, memory, behavior and/or human brain function, especially with 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 and familiarity in working with minority populations;

While the lab is open to all candidates who fit all or most of the above criteria, there is a strong preference for applicants who are currently living and working in the U.S. and are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents (“Green Card” holders).