Jobs

Postdoctoral Scholar

Employer

University of California, San Diego

Principal Investigator

Hector Gonzalez

Contact

yranaweera@ucsd.edu

Description

Study of Latinos - Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA) directed by Hector González, Ph.D., in the Department of Neurosciences and the Shiley Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at University of California, San Diego is currently seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the field of Population Neurosciences to join our research effort in investigating neurocognitive aging and disorders among diverse Latinos in Hispanic Community Health.

This position offers rich opportunities to study neurocognitive aging and dementias in the largest study of well-characterized (e.g., GWAS) middle-aged and older diverse Latinos (SOL-INCA). The successful candidate will work at the Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute, which offers a stimulating and multi-disciplinary environment in beautiful La Jolla, California. The position will include a competitive monthly stipend. The fellow will work as part of a team of scientists at UC, San Diego, local institutions (e.g., Salk Institute) and with collaborators across the US. He or she will be responsible for developing and initiating a high impact, innovative and sustainable research program on neurocognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementias among diverse Latinos. The fellow will have ample opportunities for publication and grant writing. Other responsibilities will entail collaborating with the PI and other investigators to develop or modify instruments for use in Latino populations.

Applicants should have a background in cognitive science, genomics, epidemiology, neurosciences or equivalent combined education and experience. Fluent in Spanish (spoken and written) is highly desirable, but is not required. Effective communication and organization skills as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical for this position. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented, with excellent working experience with data bases, statistical packages, word processing, spreadsheet. Time-management, multitasking and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced research program are essential.

Requirements: Applications and inquiries should be submitted by e-mail to Yugandi Ranaweera (yranaweera@ucsd.edu). Please include your CV, a cover letter describing previous research, research interests, and future goals, as well as 3 references.