May 22, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California San Diego, Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA, USA
Full time Aging Cognitive Epidemiology Lifespan Postdoctoral Quantitative Research

Job Description

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Center for Behavior Genetics of Aging at the University of California, San Diego Department of Psychiatry. 

The successful applicant will work primarily on analyses and manuscript preparation for Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies (IGEMS) consortium Alzheimer’s Disease grant.  IGEMS is a collection of twin studies from Australia, the United States, and Europe comprising over 47,000 individuals.  IGEMS contains information on a wide range of risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease measured across the lifespan, in addition to genome-wide genotyping.  Research will emphasize the additive and interactive effects of genetic and environmental risk/protective factors on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work on the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA) which is one of the IGEMS studies.  The VETSA comprises a set of longitudinal studies of cognitive and brain aging beginning in midlife that spans three assessment waves.  It is a large, multi-disciplinary project in which subjects undergo extensive neuropsychological, psychosocial, health/medical, and multi-modal neuroimaging (MRI) assessments.  Subjects also have GWAS data and plasma-based Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in quantitative genetics, or a background in cognitive aging or Alzheimer’s disease.  The candidate will participate in all aspects of analysis and interpretation of data in traditional twin as well as GWAS analyses, and in writing and preparation of manuscripts, presentations for scientific meetings, and grant writing.  The candidate is also expected to work with the investigators to develop his/her own grant proposals.  The successful applicant will work with the large multi-site team investigators at UCSD and other institutions.  UCSD Key investigators:  Drs. Matthew Panizzon, William Kremen, and Carol Franz; IGEMS overall PIs/key investigators: Drs. Margaret Gatz, Nancy Pedersen.

The Department of Psychiatry at U.C. San Diego is internationally recognized for its research excellence.  Ranked 3rd in the nation in NIH funding among psychiatry programs, and #1 on the West Coast, research within the department ranges from basic studies on the genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders to clinical research on best practices in treatment. The Department also has a long-standing and continued commitment to diversity and inclusion in our research, educational, and clinical activities.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Matthew Panizzon at mspanizzon@health.ucsd.eduor Dr. William Kremen at  Please provide a cover letter, CV, examples of published work, and names of at least 3 professional references.


University of California San Diego


Department of Psychiatry

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