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


Rutgers University


Newark, New Jersey

Principal Investigator

Mark Gluck


Applicants should begin by 

(1). Contacting with a complete CV, a cover letter addressing the degree to which they fit each of the five desiderata noted below, clarification on their current location and visa status, along with a summary of their relevant skills, background, future career goals, prior experience, why they think they are a good fit to the research and lab, and when they would be available to start (please review both our web sites before applying). Please also include a PDF sample of a published (or in press) first-authored paper.  

(2). After you have reached out to Dr. Gluck directly, applicants can apply formally through the Rutgers Human Resources department by uploading the same information to:


Rutgers is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join its Pathways to Healthy Aging in African Americans study to work on cognitive and neuroimaging studies of how individual differences in exercise (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, Rutgers is conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of risk and resilience to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. In addition, the university conducts clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions, including studying how different forms of exercise boost brain health and reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Other research in the lab explores how sleep patterns relate to age-related cognitive decline, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s risk. /The lab uses multiple methods including fMRI, genetics, neurochemistry (blood-based biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease),  neuroimmunology, metabolic measures, and EEG (polysomnography), along with an extensive battery of cognitive, behavioral, fitness, environmental, and lifestyle assessments. 

Community engagement is key to the research: For 15 years Rutgers has partnered with Newark-area churches, senior centers, public housing, and medical centers to run a broad range of brain health and Alzheimer’s-prevention education programs for older African Americans. See the Rutgers Aging & Brain Health Alliance.  

For additional details on the lab, lecture videos, an overview of current lab members, and downloadable publications and research summaries, see lab web site at


(1) Prior experience with experimental studies of exercise, sleep, genetics, memory, behavior and/or human brain function (especially applicants 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 academic papers and/or research grants.  

(4) A strong interest and familiarity in working with minority populations, especially African Americans. 

(5). Rutgers gives priority to applicants who are currently living and working in the U.S. and are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents (“Green Card” holders). 

Start date: Flexible. Rutgers is open to candidates starting in fall, 2021; January, 2022; or summer/fall, 2022