Postdoctoral Research Associate-The 1Florida ADRC and Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Allied Health, Grant or Research Administration
Department:26030100 - HH-APK-ADMINISTRATION

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Description:

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.


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.

More information about the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology can be found here:

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience and consistent with NIH guidelines

Minimum Requirements:

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, engineering, physiology, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience using Freesurfer, AFNI, FSL, or SPM for data analyses
  • Strong working knowledge of signal processing
  • Significant programming expertise (e.g., Matlab, Bash, Python)
  • Meeting project deadlines and working in a team environment
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position will be supervised by Drs. Stephen Coombes and David Vaillancourt. Position is for 12 months with the possibility to renew. Please send inquiries to Dr. David Vaillancourt ( or Dr. Stephen Coombes ( 

Applications must be submitted online and should include:

  • A cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Email address of three professional references

This position is open until filled.  Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required: Yes


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