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Tenure Stream Faculty Positions in Neuroepidemiology

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics invites applications for tenured or tenure-system positions (Assistant, Associate, Full Professor) in the area of neuroepidemiology. Multiple tenure-system appointments are now available with competitive salaries and generous start-up packages that are supported by state general funds (i.e., “hard-funded”). Successful candidate(s) will have demonstrated scholarship in population-level cognitive health during aging, and/or the epidemiology of age-related neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia). Given the multifactorial nature of most neurodegenerative disorders of aging, scholars from diverse but complementary scientific backgrounds (e.g., biostatistics, clinical scientists, genomics and other -omics, psychology, neuroimaging) are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be expected to develop extramurally funded research programs on neurodegenerative conditions, teach epidemiology, biostatistics and/or related courses in their respective areas of expertise, as well as provide mentorship to trainees.

MSU faculty have a national/international reputation in research related to age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke in diverse populations. Joint appoints in clinical and basic research departments are possible.

Requirements: Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD or equivalent) with demonstrated expertise and sponsored scholarship in the epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases.

Applications will be accepted until these positions are filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2017. Candidates should apply on-line at https://jobs.msu.edu for posting #4975. Include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a 2-page statement of scholarly activities, research and teaching philosophy. Upon request, candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to Jill Hamilton (jhamilton@epi.msu.edu). For additional information visit http://www.epi.msu.edu/jobpostings.

Postdoctoral Research Associate-fixed term

A National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging funded research associate (postdoctoral) is now available in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University. The Study of Latinos - Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA) study is a large, multisite (Bronx, Chicago, Miami, San Diego), prospective cohort study of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia among middle-aged and older multiethnic Latinos. SOL-INCA is an Ancillary Study of the NHLBI funded Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL; n=16,415; https://www2.cscc.unc.edu/hchs/). This postdoctoral position offers excellent opportunities for advanced training in neuroepidemiology, publishing high-impact scholarly work and launching a productive and successful research career. The succesfull applicant will have the opportunity to work with leading experts in the fields of neurocognitive function, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease, and genetics.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in neurology, neuropsychology, epidemiology or closely related field. Publication of work related to Ph.D. thesis, or in process, is required, as well as teaching and supervisory experience. A strong working knowledge of clinical assessment (e.g., neuroimaging) of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia is critical. Successful applicants must also have outstanding communication, management and networking skills to meet the demands of conducting a multsite neuroepidemiologic study.

The successful applicant will be highly creative and self-motivated to produce high-impact manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and developing and submitting NIH or similar grant applications. In addition, successful applicants should have competency in working with large neuroepidemiologic studies, and a high level of interest in assuming a training role for study affiliated trainees and technicians.

Desired Qualifications:

Spanish proficiency is highly desired and sought since all study materials are in English and Spanish. Secondly, new opportunities for work in Latin America with Latin American collaborators and trainees will stem from SOL-INCA. Candidates must have a deep appreciation and understanding of Latin American culture and history.

Specific Duties and Areas of Responsibility:

• Identify knowledge gaps in the field of cognitive impairment and associated dysfunctions and design scientific studies and methodological approaches to address these gaps.

• Refine and integrate existing models for studying cognitive function and adapt these models for application in large neurepidemiolgical studies.

• Lead the development and co-author scientific papers targeted at high-impact peer reviewed journals.

• Present scientific findings at national and international scientific meetings.
• Assist in grant writing, and eventually lead proposals to fund related work.
• Supervise junior project personnel.

Initial 12 month appointment, renewable annually, contingent upon satisfactory job performance. Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested and qualified persons should send a CV and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Alan Conceicao
Michigan State University
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Study of Latinos – Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging
909 Fee Road, 218 West Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.