Postdoc Position Available - 1Florida ADRC at University of Florida

Postdoc Position Available - 1Florida ADRC at University of Florida

The 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC, and Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience ( at the University of Florida seeks a candidate for an NIH funded postdoctoral position focused on dementia-related biomarkers, neuroimaging, and cognition. The position will be supported by a rich academic environment that is focused on dementia and atypical dementia. The 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is focused on imaging and biomarkers in a unique cohort of Hispanic and non-Hispanic participants. The candidate would have opportunities for growth in the AD field, including participating in future grant submissions and future mentored training grant awards such as K-award mechanisms.

The academic environment in the 1Florida ADRC includes Dr. Todd Golde as PI, and other neuropsychologists (Glenn Smith, David Loewenstein) and neurologists (Melissa Armstrong, Ranjan Duara) and imaging specialists (Vaillancourt, Coombes, Adjouadi). The position would be supported by the Biomarker Core of the 1Florida ADRC, and the individual would serve as the interface between the other cores including the Clinical Core, Data Core, and Outreach Core. There is training within the ADRC that can support future career growth and opportunities in the AD field. The position would also provide an interface between imaging centers at University of Florida, University of Miami, and Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, engineering, physiology, or a related field. The ideal applicant will have experience using Freesurfer, AFNI, FSL, or SPM for data analyses, strong working knowledge of signal processing, and programming expertise (e.g., Matlab, Bash, Python). Meeting project deadlines and working in a team environment will be important.

APPLICATION: Applications must be submitted online at: and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and email address of three references. Please send inquiries to Dr. David Vaillancourt ( or Dr. Steve Coombes ( This position is open until filled. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT: The position would work within the laboratory directed by Drs. Stephen Coombes and David Vaillancourt. The laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation and is the lead for the 1Florida ADRC Biomarker Core. There is 3000 square foot of space within the laboratory supporting two EEG labs, electromyography and motor physiological assays, and over 10 Linux based systems for image processing. In addition, there is office space dedicated to the personnel working with the group and space dedicated for computing and printing, software and hardware development, and scientific meetings amongst collaborators. The laboratory is less than 1 mile from the AMRIS facility which is located in the McKnight Brain Institute where the 3T, 4.7T, and 11.T research dedicated magnets are housed.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA: The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida It is known to be a progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse community, 85 miles from the Georgia border, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It has abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies, lakes and opportunities for many outdoor activities. Most of the year, temperatures are moderate. Summers are sunny skies, warm temperatures during the day and cool breezes at night. In 1977 Gainesville was named Florida Tree City of the Year and in 2007, the National Geographic Magazine ranked it as one of the top cities in the U.S. to work and play. The campus includes a full range of academic disciplines with strong research programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, and Engineering, among others. It has an excellent public school system, with a number of high schools ranked highly in the Florida system. The International Baccalaureate program at Eastside High School has been ranked as one of the top 5 in the country by Newsweek Magazine.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Minorities, women, and those from other underserved groups are encouraged to apply. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-7056 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).