Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate


UCSD Department of Neurosciences


San Diego, California


Applications and inquiries should be submitted by e-mail to Yugandi Ranaweera. Please include a CV, a cover letter describing previous research, research interests, and future goals, as well as three references. 


The Study of Latinos–Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA), directed by Hector M. González in t,he Department of Neurosciences and the Shiley Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at University of California, San Diego, is currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow in the field of population neurosciences to join its longitudinal research effort in investigating neurocognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease among diverse Latinos. The SOL-INCA is funded by multiple NIH grants. 

This position offers rich opportunities to investigate neurocognitive aging and dementias in the largest study of well-characterized (e.g., MRI, whole-genome) middle-aged and older diverse Latinos. The successful candidate will work at the new Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute, which offers a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment in La Jolla, California. The fellow will work as part of a team of scientists at UCSD, local institutions (e.g., Salk Institute) and with collaborators across the U.S. In addition, the fellow will be eligible for additional research support and mentorship from thr new UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease-Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR). 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. The fellow will have ample opportunities for publication and grant writing in collaboration with the PI and other multidisciplinary team investigators. Applicants should have a background in cognitive science, genomics, epidemiology, neurosciences, or equivalent combined education and experience. 


Fluency in Spanish (spoken and written) is highly desirable but 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, and spreadsheets. Time-management, multitasking, and the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced research program are essential.