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Postdoc in decision neuroscience of dementia & aging

We seek a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral scholar to join an interdisciplinary research program on decision-making deficits in Alzheimer’s disease, in frontotemporal dementia, and in preclinical carriers of autosomal dominant mutations for familial frontotemporal dementia. This program is directed by Winston Chiong, MD PhD in the University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center; in conjunction with Ming Hsu, PhD (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business), Andrew Kayser, MD PhD (UCSF Neurology), Scott Kim, MD PhD (NIH), and Katherine Rankin, PhD (UCSF Memory and Aging Center).

The postdoctoral fellow will design and conduct task-based functional MRI, structural MRI, and behavioral studies of patients with mild dementia, preclinical mutation carriers, noncarrier family members, and healthy older control participants. This work is informed by clinical problems that arise in the care of older adults, and is designed for dissemination to ethics/policy as well as neuroscientific audiences. The fellow will be encouraged to take advantage of other training and learning opportunities within the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences | Memory and Aging Center, the UC Berkeley/UCSF Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses, and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. The fellow will contribute to ongoing experiments and pursue self-directed projects in decision neuroscience of aging.

Required qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience, or related fields
  • Strong computational skills, including scripting or programming
  • Previous experience in neuroimaging and/or studies of decision-making

Preferred qualifications

  • Career interest in aging or neurodegenerative disease
  • Facility with GitHub, Matlab, JavaScript, and/or Visual Basic
  • Two-year commitment (with opportunities to extend as mutually desired)

How to apply

Please e-mail Ali Zahir at ali.zahir (at) ucsf.edu with your CV, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries are welcome. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.