Postdoctoral Scientists


National Institutes of Health


Bethesda, Maryland

Principal Investigator

Lenore Launer



Several postdoctoral positions are available in the neuroepidemiology group in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Aging, which is part of the NIH. The IRP program uses a wide range of approaches and methods to characterize and investigate mechanisms of aging, clinical questions of relevance to aging populations, and public health approaches to reduce the burden of disease in older persons. 

The research in the NES is aimed at investigating the interaction among brain pathologies and risk factors; identifying new risk factors for brain aging; developing new hypotheses about AD based on population research; and translating these factors to relevant public health prevention strategies to prevent brain changes leading to dementia. Studies apply novel approaches to answering questions of interest,  including the use of data mining and neural network approaches; novel study designs; and the combined use of electronic medical record data and other forms of digital data. The successful candidates may work on the rich cohort resources supported by the NIA/NIH  as well as other relevant studies. To move toward an integrated approach to studying dementia, interaction with a wide range of disciplines is encouraged. Research is often conducted in collaborative efforts within an international forum of researchers.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in epidemiology, neuropsychology, biostatistics, or related quantitative health research area, with experience in multivariate modeling techniques.

Background in clinical neuroscience, vascular disease, or neuroimaging is desirable.

Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate a high level of independence, a willingness to learn new approaches and techniques, and the ability to think creatively about their research.