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The department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB) at Umeå University welcomes applications for a full-time two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the biological basis of neurocognitive aging.
The postdoc will work in an interdisciplinary project that aims at investigating the links between biomarkers of cellular aging and age-related cognitive decline, neurodegeneration, and dementia. The focus will be primarily on telomere length, but epigenetic markers are also available. The project will use existing data from a large-scale database; the longitudinal population-based Betula study (https://www.umu.se/en/research/projects/betula---aging-memory-and-dementia/). The data comprises up to 20-year longitudinal measurements of both cognitive traits and telomere length, clinical dementia diagnoses, and many relevant health-related, lifestyle and demographic covariates. The project will also investigate the relationships between cellular aging biomarkers and MRI-derived structural and functional characteristics of the aging brain. A successful candidate will be involved in study planning, variable selection, data preparation and analyses, as well as authoring scientific publications.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in at least one of the following fields: biomedicine, telomere biology, epigenetics, or neurocognitive aging. Other fields of high relevance for the current project may also be considered (e.g., biological psychology). Eligible to apply are individuals with a PhD degree in a relevant field, or equivalent scientific skills. Priority will be given to applicants who graduated within five years of the application deadline.
- Project-relevant knowledge from one or several of the scientific fields listed above.
- A track record of publishing high-quality scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
- Good knowledge of quantitative methods and previous experience of using SPSS, Stata, R, or equivalent software for statistical data analysis and modelling.
- A high level of proficiency in scientific communication in English, both orally and in writing.
- The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a research team.
- In addition, experience with large-scale epidemiological studies or longitudinal and time-to-event data analyses would be advantageous, but is not a requirement.
Applicants will primarily be assessed based on their research qualifications, with particular emphasis on skills relevant for the current project. Consideration will also be given to factors such as productivity, independence, organizational skills, and motivation. Applicants with knowledge of both neurocognitive aging and telomere biology will be prioritized.
1. A brief cover letter (about one page) that describes the applicant’s research experience, research interests, and suitability for the project.
2. Curriculum vitae including information about academic degrees (with verifications), technical expertise, employments, list of publications, and names and contact information for at least two references.
Please submit your application as a single pdf-file to firstname.lastname@example.org (reference: Postdoc2019) by September 30, 2019. Applications will be reviewed continuously.
For enquiries, contact Dr. Sara Pudas, e-mail: email@example.com, Department of Integrative Medical Biology, or Dr. Sofie Degerman e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University.
The fellowship is full-time for two years and funded by a scholarship/stipend.
Start date: November 1st 2019, or upon agreement.
Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 300 employees and 33 000 students have already chosen Umeå University.
The Faculty of Medicine, which consists of 13 departments, is responsible for biomedical research and courses in the field of nursing and health care and has an extensive research and graduate education in more than 80 subjects.
Last date of application: 2019-10-15.