Jobs

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis

Employer

The National Institute on Aging

Location

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Principal Investigator

Madhav Thambisetty

Contact

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests, and three letters of reference to: Madhav Thambisetty, MD, Ph.D., Chief, Unit of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience, at thambisettym@mail.nih.gov or at Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Blvd, Suite 100, Room 4B317, Baltimore, Maryland.

Description

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is recruiting postdoctoral fellows with interests in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and/or age-associated memory impairment (AAMI) in the Unit of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, within the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience.

This research represents an exciting new initiative within the NIA intramural research program (IRP) to enhance our understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying risk factors for AD/AAMI, discover biologically relevant biomarkers that accurately reflect neuropathology, and identify potential targets for effective disease modification/intervention. These studies combine multimodal neuroimaging methods to delineate changes in brain structure/function associated with both genetic and environmental risk factors for AD/AAMI. E .g., Effect of complement CR1 on brain amyloid burden during aging and its modification by APOE genotype. Biol Psych. 2013, 73(5):422-428; Alzheimer risk variant CLU and brain function during aging. Biol Psych. 2013, 73(5):399-405; Impaired glucose tolerance in midlife and longitudinal changes in brain function during aging. Nerobiol Aging. 2013, 34(10):2271-6; Glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s disease pathology in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. JAMA Nerol. 2013, 70(9): 1167-72.

The research benefits from the unique and rich longitudinal dataset available in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) as well as complementary patient cohorts such as AddNeuroMed that are available as part of ongoing international collaborations (e.g., Plasma biomarkers of brain atrophy in Alzheimer's disease. PLoS One. 2011;6(12):e28527).

Requirements

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

The successful candidate will have research interests in the related fields of neuroscience, human biology, or cognition. Experience with analysis of neuropsychological or neuroimaging data, and/or biomarker identification with strong writing skills are desirable.  Preference will be given to individuals who are able to work independently and within a team. Those with experience in structural MRI and/or PET neuroimaging in humans will be preferred.  Fellowship duration is typically three-four years.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience/neuroimaging or M.D., with less than five years of postdoctoral research experience.  The position is located in Baltimore, a city with a stimulating scientific and cultural environment, with proximity to the Johns Hopkins medical campus.  Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.