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Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroimaging

Indiana University

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Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroimaging
Specific Title
Appointment Type Postdoctoral Fellow
Department IUSM - Radiology & Imaging Sciences
Campus IU School of Medicine Indianapolis
Position Summary

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroimaging and Other Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease


IU Center for Neuroimaging and the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN USA

The Center for Neuroimaging (CfN; medicine.iu.edu/radiology/research/neuroimaging ) and the Neuroimaging Core of the NIH-designated Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (IADRC; medicine.iu.edu/iadrc ) directed by Dr. Andrew Saykin, have openings for outstanding, highly motivated post-doctoral research associates with special interests in the areas of human brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience, and/or genomics, to play a major role in state-of-the-science integrative studies of early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Other collaborative research using similar approaches, within the center and beyond, focuses on cognitive and neural effects of breast cancer and cancer treatment, mild traumatic brain injury and sports concussion, and psychosis.
Special opportunities afforded by this fellowship include experience working directly with the the Neuroimaging Core (and other Cores) of the IADRC, the Genetics Core of the NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI; adni.loni.usc.edu/about/centers-cores/genetics/ ),as well as with the IU Network Science Institute (IUNI; iuni.iu.edu/ ), which is conducting pioneering integrative studies of the human connectome, social networks, and systems biology of AD. Research-dedicated facilities in the IUSM Neuroscience Center include Siemens PRISMA 3T MRI, Vision PET/CT, PET/MR, Radiochemistry Core, and a Neurovisualization Lab. A new preclinical Bruker BioSpec 9.4T MRI with PET insert is also available for studies of model systems.
The CfN and IADRC are highly collaborative transdisciplinary environments with PhD and MD/PhD students in Medical Neuroscience, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Computer Science, and Bioinformatics. This fellowship includes close work with Dr. Saykin (multi-modal imaging, genetics, biomarkers, and cognition) and Dr. Shannon Risacher (MRI and PET imaging; sensory changes in AD), as well as other closely affiliated IU faculty including Drs. Yu-Chien Wu (MR physics), Kwangsik Nho (bioinformatics, genomic and metabolomic analysis), Liana Apostolova (behavioral neurology, early onset AD), Brenna McDonald (functional imaging and pediatric neuropsychology), and at IU Bloomington, Drs. Olaf Sporns (network neuroscience, connectomics) and Brea Perry (medical sociology and network science). The overarching goals of this research program are 1) to achieve a better understanding of the complex causes and mechanisms leading to AD, 2) to improve early detection and longitudinal monitoring by combining genomics, fluid biomarkers and advanced neuroimaging and 3) to identify novel targets for diagnostic use and therapeutic intervention.
The fellow will have designated responsibility for specific projects and will contribute to leading-edge team science initiatives. Fellows will be expected to take the lead on preparing manuscripts for publication and appropriate grant proposals while collaborating on other team efforts.
Indiana University

Indiana University is a multi-campus public research institution and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education with an annual operating budget of $2.1 billion. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the United States and offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine different Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.
As the nation’s largest medical school, IUSM is committed to being an institution that not only reflects the diversity of the learners we teach and the patient populations we serve, but also pursues the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We desire candidates who enhance our representational diversity, as well as those whose work contributes to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUSM strives to take an anti-racist stance, regularly evaluating and updating its policies, procedures, and practices to confer equitable opportunities for contribution and advancement for all members of our community. We invite individuals who will join us in our mission to advance racial equity to transform health and wellbeing for all throughout the state of Indiana.
The IUSM had over $446 million in grants awarded for fiscal year 2020-2021, the majority of which come from the NIH. Additionally, IUSM provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and interactive scientific environment with many multidisciplinary centers and state-of-the-art core facilities. IUSM’s clinical partner, IU Health, operates an organized system of care across 18 hospitals that offers unmatched potential for clinical, educational, and research collaboration.
Basic Qualifications
Successful applicants will have strong academic preparation (doctoral or terminal degree required: PhD, MD or MD/PhD in a relevant discipline), high motivation and enthusiasm for research, excellent written and oral communication skills including evidence of successful manuscript writing and publication productivity, strong intellectual curiosity, creativity, flexibility, a commitment to the scientific goals of the program and desire to make a contribution, and ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative transdisciplinary team including mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: multimodal MRI and PET neuroimaging, medical and molecular genetics, fluid biomarkers, vision, smell, or auditory function in aging and dementia, and/or network analysis. Applicants who have recently completed their terminal degree and plan to develop an independent research career are especially encouraged to apply.
Department Contact for Questions
Applicants must be currently in the U.S. and/or eligible to begin work in the U.S. Review of applicants will continue until the positions are filled. Please email a cover letter with a brief description of research experience, interests and goals, full CV, and three reference letters to Sarah VanHeiden, Director of Administration (svanheid@iu.edu ).
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OAA # IUSM-01559-2022

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