Postdoctoral positions in Alzheimer's Disease


UC San Diego


San Diego, California

Principal Investigator

Robert Rissman

Principal Investigator

Mohit Jain


Interested candidates should send a CV, brief summary of research experience and interests, and names and contact information for three references to and


UC San Diego is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow with interest in identifying mass spectrometry-based predictors of Alzheimer’s disease to join the Jain and Rissman laboratories/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UC San Diego. Its collaborating laboratories combine analytical mass spectrometry, human biosampling, and big data handling to map small-molecule metabolites that contribute to the pathobiology of Alzheimer’s disease. The team consists of mass spectrometrists, neuroscientists, analytical chemists, statistical epidemiologists, physicians, and basic biologists, collectively focused on impacting human disease.

Interested candidates are not required to have extensive background in mass spectrometry or analytical chemistry, but should have expertise in the biology of Alzheimer’s disease, with particular focus on inflammatory signaling, microgial biology, and/or the immunology of Alzheimer’s. The applicant will work closely with a team of scientists to develop new mass-spectrometry-based methods for analyzing blood, CSF, and brain tissue samples from population scale human cohorts and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition, candidates should be highly self-motivated, enthusiastic, and have a desire to work as part of a dynamic and diverse collaborative team.

All applicants should have exceptional written and oral communication skills, as well as a history of strong publication. Candidates will be provided with an opportunity to develop expertise in human biology, large data handling, and mass spectrometry, as well as will be supported for grant funding, and eventual independent positions. These positions are only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Underrepresented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Ph.D. or M.D. with graduate or industry training in the biology of aging/Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Strong skills in data handling.
  • Strong track record of high-impact publication.
  • At least one first authorship publication.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.