The Louisville Twin Study has an open postdoctoral research associate position. In collaboration with research groups at the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia, the postdoctoral research associate will work on a National Institute on Aging sponsored R01 research study. The overall aim of the project is to test whether cognitive development, biological aging, and amyloid aggregation predict cognitive functioning at midlife.
In addition to pursuing an independent line of research based on existing and future LTS data, the postdoctoral researcher will assist the project by leading entry of subtest items of all LTS twins’ cognitive ability protocols from the childhood phase of the study. In this capacity, the successful candidate will oversee a team of undergraduate research assistants, including ensuring quality control of item data entry. There are 73,000 individual childhood subtests to archive and vertically link to adult Wechsler ability scores. The ultimate purpose is to put twins’ latent cognitive ability test scores on the same scale from age 7 through midlife.
The successful candidate will have access to the longitudinal data collected in the Louisville Twin Study across its 63-year history to develop research studies and projects that fit with the overall aims of the R01 project. As Louisville twin study visits are ongoing, the candidate also will serve as a backup psychometrist on this project administering and scoring cognitive ability assessments (e.g., WAIS-IV, CVLT-III, and executive functioning tests).
PhD, MD or DVM and 0 to 3 years of related experience are required. The university offers market competitive salary and benefits. Grade EE Salary Minimum $47,476
1-3 years of experience. Preference will be given to strong candidates with experience in behavioral genetics, psychometric theory, structural equation modeling, R, and Mplus. Experience in administration and scoring cognitive ability assessments is desirable
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