Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
100% position, 5/1/2019 (Annually renewable based on performance for up to 2 years) Salary: up to $50,000 annually
General description of position: A highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow is sought to work in the field of brain imaging and aging. This postdoctoral position is jointly funded by the FIT-AD Trial and the ACT Trial at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. The FIT-AD Trial examines the cognition and hippocampal volume effects of 6-month aerobic exercise intervention in community-dwelling older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. The ACT Trial tests the efficacy and mechanisms of 6-month combined aerobic exercise intervention and cognitive training in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Both trials collect cognitive, physical function, multi-modality MRI, and blood biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease during the intervention and follow-up periods. Both trials are funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. The post-doctoral fellow will receive training and gain valuable experiences in conducting clinical trials, analyzing multiple biomarkers critical to aging, and writing abstracts and manuscripts.
Key Responsibilities: 1. Develop and apply machine learning and image processing methods to identify the complex neuronal mechanisms behind aerobic exercise and cognitive training interventions in Alzheimer’s disease 2. Perform statistical brain imaging analysis, using MRI (e.g., structural, functional and diffusional modalities) 3. Conduct brain network analysis 4. Analyze the interaction between imaging data and other biomarker data using statistical methods. 5. Analyze data for abstracts and papers 6. Write manuscripts and grant applications
Reports to the PI: Fang Yu, Professor
PhD degree in a quantitative field with health research experience, with interest in imaging and other quantitative data analysis;
Strong computational skills (proficient in one or more programming languages, Python, R, Matlab) are especially encouraged to apply;
Eligible to work in the U.S. under federal funding;
Experience with working independently, multitasking and setting priorities
Prior experiences with neuroimaging or biomarker data;
Proficiency with computer and analytical skills such as R and Matlab
Internal Number: 329912
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.