Jobs

Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuropsychology/Imaging/Genetics

Employer

University of California, San Diego

Location

San Diego , California

Principal Investigator

Sarah Banks

Contact

Please send your CV to sbanks@ucsd.edu. If you have any questions regarding the position, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Banks directly.

Description

The Human Memory Lab at UCSD is looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join the team as soon as possible. The researcher will work primarily with Sarah Banks on a study of sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease using pre-existing data. The study utilizes cutting-edge neuroimaging and analytic techniques involving tau PET and also MRI to assess cross-sectional and longitudinal patterns of sex differences in tau, and how they relate to cognition and genetics. In addition to Dr. Banks, the researcher will work extensively with collaborators, including Jim Brewer, Anders Dale, Linda McEvoy, Chun Chieh Fan, and Steve Edland.

UCSD provides a superlative environment to jumpstart an academic career, especially for those interested in Alzheimer’s and neuroimaging. There will be plenty of opportunities to broaden academic horizons through seminars across the campus, and the Banks Lab, while relatively new, has established multiple cross-disciplinary collaborations. The Banks Lab is housed within the Human Memory Lab, and thus benefits from being a new, growing lab within a more established infrastructure.

Requirements

The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, or similar field and have an interest in and experience with neurodegenerative disease, cognition, and neuroimaging. Background in research with Alzheimer’s disease is beneficial, but not mandatory. He or she will enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team, be productive and enjoy contributing to every stage of analysis and presentation. He or she will hit the ground running, working on already-existing datasets to answer research questions related to those posed in the grant, and also develop their own projects. There will also be the opportunity to work on prospective data currently being collected using tau PET in participants with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to image analysis and statistical knowledge and ability, great writing and communication skills will be important.