California Dementia Epidemiology Postdoctoral Training Program
Posted 14 Aug 2018
Employer: University of California
Contact: Victoria Mansour or any of the PIs listed above
The school invites applications from prospective postdoctoral fellows to a new postdoctoral training program in the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Fellows will work with faculty at four University of California campuses (UCLA, UC Davis, UCSF, and UC Irvine) on multiple research projects related to the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive aging. The projects emphasize racial/ethnic inequalities, social determinants, vascular risk factors, and research methods. Fellows will choose a primary campus but collaborate with faculty at the three other campuses. This program arises from collaborative projects of faculty members at the four campuses (Dr. Elizabeth Rose Mayeda at UCLA; Dr. Rachel Whitmer at UC Davis; Dr. Maria Glymour at UCSF; and Dr. Maria Corrada at UC Irvine). The expectation is that the strongest and most exciting training and research opportunities arise from experiences in multiple research settings. Fellows will each have a home campus which will be the site of their primary appointment. Support will be provided for fellows to spend weeklong rotations at one or more other campuses to enhance their learning and research collaboration opportunities. During this time, fellows will be expected to publish first-authored manuscripts on projects aligned with the home research group, collaborate on projects outside the home research group (i.e. with one or more of the other three campuses), and prepare grant applications to establish research independence. Salaries are competitive at the home campus, and additional support will be provided for travel, research presentations, and research expenses.
The earliest start date is fall 2018, but later start dates for competitive candidates will be considered.
To indicate interest in the position, submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research, and one manuscript (published or unpublished), as a single document.
Cover letters should indicate preferred campus or campuses and goal start date.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in epidemiology, neuropsychology, biostatistics, or related quantitative health research area. Research experience in social determinants of health, health disparities, cognitive aging, vascular disease, neuropathology, or neuroimaging is desirable. Methodologic expertise in longitudinal data analysis, psychometric methods, simulation modeling, or structural equation modeling is also desirable.
There are ample opportunities to work with an array of existing datasets, data from field studies currently being collected, and electronic records. The emphasis of my research on disparities is appealing to a diverse spectrum of trainees, which has helped me to achieve my goals of creating a diverse and supportive research group, including racial/ethnic and underrepresented minorities. Besides mentoring at UC Davis, Kaiser Division of Research and UCSF, I was also a Fullbright Faculty mentor in 2010-2011. I am passionate, creative, and highly successful in conducting a research program which has diversity at its core from multiple perspectives.
My mentees include PhD Students, Medical Students, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. My lab currently hosts a K99 recipient and T32 fellows.
In addition to my own research program I am available as a mentor through: