Over the next 3 years, the University of Pittsburgh, which currently ranks 4th in NIH funding to universities and research institutions, plans to hire 10-12 highly creative faculty investigators to join a multidisciplinary team focused on determining the molecular root cause(s) of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and pursuing strategies to prevent and/or treat it. We welcome investigators who approach AD from diverse perspectives, including neurobiology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, structural biology, mitochondrial biology, neuroinflammation, immunology/virology, microbiome/metagenomics, computational biology, and other fields. We seek candidates at tenure-stream Assistant and Associate Professor levels with an MD and/or PhD or equivalent degree who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in research, novel hypotheses and approaches to AD research, and excellent collaboration and communication skills.
With substantial financial support, we are creating a new state-of-the-art basic research center dedicated to bringing together – physically and intellectually – a critical mass of basic and translational AD investigators. We have established a marmoset colony on-site that will support translational studies in genetically engineered AD models using customized 9.4T MRI, PET-CT, and two-photon microscopy, all capable of imaging awake, behaving animals. We also support components of several NIA translational initiatives, including the mouse MODEL-AD program and AD Centers for Discovery of New Medicines. Team members will also have access to patient data, biospecimens, expertise, and resources from our Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), brain bank, and the PET Research Center, where Pittsburgh Compound B was discovered and developed. Other key resources include the UPMC Clinical Genome Center, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and School of Computing and Information, which is committed to an AD modeling initiative. Successful candidates will mentor outstanding students from multiple programs, including joint graduate programs with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Computational Biology and Neural Cognition/Computation; CMU faculty are also partnering in our initiative to stop AD.
We offer competitive start-up packages, opportunities for intramural pilot funding, and one of the most livable and technologically innovative cities in the US. To be considered, please send a brief cover letter, CV, 1-page statement of AD research interests, PDFs of 2-3 recent publications, and contact information for 3 references to ADrecruit@pitt.edu.
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