This is a 1-year appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 243406
How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and related experience.
The Life Course Development (LCD) Program invites applications for Research Area Specialist in neuroimaging and racial/ethnic disparities in Alzheimer's disease (AD). LCD is housed at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, one of the world's largest social science research organizations. This interdisciplinary community includes researchers from sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, information and computer science, statistics, geography, public policy, public health, and medicine, among others. The LCD program includes quantitative and qualitative scholars from developmental psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and sociology who collaborate in a team science environment to examine social relations and health over the life course, from children to older adults, with particular attention to matters of context and culture.
We seek motivated individuals who are well-trained in structural neuroimaging data analysis, enthusiastic about joining an interdisciplinary team, and have a keen interest in the field of cognitive aging and dementia. The primary focus of this position is to assist with and help manage the transfer, processing, and quality control of structural MRI data from Arab American, African American, and non-Hispanic White older adults living in metro-Detroit (Detroit-area Aging and Memory Project and Social Relations Study).
This Research Area Specialist will coordinate the processing and analysis of structural MRI data. This will include receiving and tracking neuroimaging data files, performing quality control procedures (e.g., manual corrections), and running images through a variety of automated pipelines (e.g., FreeSurfer) and custom software (e.g., white matter hyperintensities)
The Research Area Specialist will be encouraged to participate in the development of research products that integrate neuroimaging data with clinical and other biomarker data to investigate health disparities and sociocultural influences on AD risk and expression. Opportunities for participation in other ongoing studies (e.g., Social Relations Study, Michigan Cognitive Aging Project) and secondary data analysis of large, longitudinal datasets are also available.
The Research Area Specialist will be encouraged to develop research networks with other collaborators at UM and other institutions. Collaborations within the project will ensure the candidate is exposed to cutting-edge techniques and understands links between biological and social sciences.
The candidate will also assist in the development of project deliverables such as progress reports, conference presentations, and journal articles. The successful candidate will become part of an interdisciplinary investigation to understand AD risk and resilience among diverse racial/ethnic groups.
A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, computer science, or related fields.
Substantial experience with neuroimaging.
Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently, well-developed communication skills, ability to be proactive in solving problems, sound judgment, and enthusiasm about joining an interdisciplinary team.
Graduate degree in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, psychology, or related field.
Familiarity with and a keen interest in the areas of cognitive aging, dementia, and health disparities.