Job Posting: Neuroscience Program Scientist, Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center, Nashville, TN

Kate Stuart
February 18, 2016

Research Associate – Neuroscience Program Scientist Job Announcement 
Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center 

Job Description 

The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center is accepting applications for a Research Associate (Neuroscience Program Scientist) to commence in spring of 2016. This position will assist with research activities, including grant and manuscript preparation, for a large NIH clinical research portfolio under the guidance of the Center Director. 

The position emphasizes clinical (human subjects) research focused on investigating cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk factors for abnormal cognitive aging, including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Research outcomes are focused on neuroimaging, neuropsychological, cardiac MRI, and echocardiography variables. Day to day activities include scientific writing, supporting and preparing manuscript and grant submissions; preparing scientific presentations; serving as a resource to faculty, staff, and trainees, including training team members in developing their research projects. 

The position provides an excellent opportunity to refine one’s scientific writing and clinical research leadership skills working with an interdisciplinary team of more than 20 faculty, staff, and trainees. 


 Under the supervision of the Center Director and Principal Investigator, engage in memory and cognitive aging research, including planning, implementing, and supervising research projects, as well as contributing to analyses for research project(s) and interpretation of complex research data 

 Assist the Center Director and Principal Investigator in scientific writing for grant proposals, progress reports, and manuscript preparation to a level meriting co-authorship on research publications 

 Assist in manuscript preparation for academic journals, including coordinating literature searches, managing references, and developing charts, graphs, tables, and other research findings 

 Assist in the development of presentation materials and present research findings as needed 

 Provide supervisory responsibility and teach students and postdoctoral fellows in developing their projects, research techniques, presentation development, and manuscript development 

 Organize research team meetings, including managing oversight of action items and follow-up 


Position Requirements 

Doctoral degree is required. Excellent writing and communication skills required. 

Application Instructions 

To apply, please email Sydika McKissic ( with a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, your resume or CV, and contact information. Please list the Job ID 1600661 in the subject of your email. Please also apply to the position through Vanderbilt’s HR website ( by searching for Job ID 1600661. 

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