Postdoctoral Fellowship: Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Research Training Program

Program Summary

The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC) periodically seeks applications for a fellowship position offered via our NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Research Training Program (T32). No fellowships are currently open, but please contact us or check back periodically re: upcoming requests for applications. This postdoctoral fellowship program provides structured and individualized translational research postdoctoral training for basic and clinical scientists, positioning them to make major contributions to the field of AD through translational studies.

Trainees benefit from the BU ADC’s rich resources and collaborative research community. The program has four main objectives for participating fellows:

1. Establish an integrated knowledge base in the basic and clinical fundamentals of AD with a focus on risk factors, prevention, mechanistic pathways, pathophysiology, biomarkers, diagnostics, and therapeutics;
2. Acquire and refine essential research skills and critical professional skills for success in academic medicine;
3. Receive formal instruction and hands-on training regarding responsible conduct of research with animal and human subjects and the procedures and application processes of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Institutional Review Board; and
4. Complete a jointly-mentored, interdisciplinary research experience that prepares the trainee for independent investigator status.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the program, candidates must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States with a doctoral degree in clinical science (MD or PhD) or basic science (PhD), interested in developing a career in AD research. Candidates with a background in neuropsychology, geropsychology, neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine (e.g., neurology, geriatrics, psychiatry, pathology) or related area are particularly well-suited for participation. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Program Director or Program Manager.

Tracks

There are two training tracks: the PhD Fellow Track (2 or 3 year training period) and the Physician Fellow Track (3 year training period). Physician fellows matriculate through a master’s degree program emphasizing research methodology and biostatistics during this 3-year timeframe.

Compensation

Fellowship stipend levels are in accordance with NIH guidelines based on years of postdoctoral experience and may be supplemented. Program fellows who engage in clinical research will be eligible to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program, which encourages promising early career clinical scientists by repaying up to $35,000 of their student loan debt each year.

Faculty

Program faculty and their relevant research interests are outlined in the Application Material. Prospective applicants should email the Program Manager (Christina DiTerlizzi, cditerli@bu.edu) with questions or for additional information.


Application Instructions

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back later or inquire below for further details. You are also free to review the details here to learn more about required elements of the application. All applications are reviewed by the Training Executive Committee. Select applicants are invited to interview. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

For more information on the T32 fellowship program, please contact:

Education Programs Manager
Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
e-mail: cditerli@bu.edu