Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavior Genetics


University of California, San Diego


San Diego , California

Principal Investigator

Matthew Panizzon


UCSD is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Behavior Genetics of Aging in the Department of Psychiatry. The successful applicant will work primarily on analyses and manuscript preparation for Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS) consortium Alzheimer’s Disease grant.

IGEMS is a collection of twin studies from Australia, the U.S., and Europe comprising over 47,000 individuals. IGEMS contains information on a wide range of risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease measured across the lifespan, in addition to genome-wide genotyping. Research will emphasize the additive and interactive effects of genetic and environmental risk/protective factors on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

They will also have the opportunity to work on the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA) which is one of the IGEMS studies. The VETSA comprises a set of longitudinal studies of cognitive and brain aging beginning in midlife that spans three assessment waves. It is a large, multidisciplinary project in which subjects undergo extensive neuropsychological, psychosocial, health/medical, and multimodal neuroimaging (MRI) assessments. Subjects also have GWAS data and plasma-based Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers.


Preference will be given to applicants with experience in quantitative genetics, or a background in cognitive aging or Alzheimer’s disease. The candidate will participate in all aspects of analysis and interpretation of data in traditional twin as well as GWAS analyses, and in writing and preparing manuscripts, presentations for scientific meetings, and grants. The candidate is also expected to work with the investigators to develop his/her own grant proposals.