Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University (USA)

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Boston University.  If interested, contact Michael Lyons at the BGA meeting in Oslo or email mlyons@bu.edu . 

The fellow will work primarily on the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA).  VETSA is a NIA-funded longitudinal study of cognitive and brain aging that is now in its third wave.  It is a large, multi-disciplinary project in which subjects undergo extensive neuropsychological, psychosocial, health/medical, and multi-modal neuroimaging assessments.  VETSA has a strong emphasis on early identification of risk for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.  With nearly 1500 subjects, each undergoing 10-12 hours of assessments at each wave, VETSA constitutes a rich dataset that can address a wide variety of research questions, and provides opportunities to learn about its wide-ranging components.  Applicants with experience in twin and molecular genetic analysis are strongly preferred.  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.  He or she will also receive training in cognitive assessment techniques. The candidate is expected to work with investigators to develop his/her own grant proposals.  The postdoc also includes opportunities to participate in several international twin/genetics consortia. The candidate will work with the large multi-site team of over a dozen investigators at Boston University, UCSD and other institutions.  Some additional key VETSA investigators:  William Kremen, Carol Franz, Matthew Panizzon, Chandra Reynold, Kristen Jacobson, Mark Logue, and Michael Neale.