Duke University, Social Science Research Institute

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Position ID:Duke-SSRI-BARUPDA [#15082]
Position Title: BARU Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2019/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/10/11, finished 2020/03/06, listed until 2019/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Post-doc Position in Population Studies of Health Disparities

Availability: Immediately

An open research opportunity at the Biodemography of Aging Research Unit, Social Sciences Research Institute, Duke University for National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded projects.

Our research team is looking for an open-minded post-doctoral associate with a background in science who will work in the inter-disciplinary environment of established researchers to apply integrative approaches in studies of complex research questions in population studies of health disparities, age-related diseases, and lifespan.

The applicant should have experience in population studies, epidemiology, statistical analysis of survival and longitudinal data, or related fields. Ideal candidate will have experience in analyzing large-scale population data using state of the art methods of statistical analyses, have experience in analyzing Medicare data, analysis of disease risks, treatment effects, be experienced in statistical software (preferably R or SAS). Analytic skills, experience in mathematical modeling, experience in other programming languages, proven track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals are a plus.

The position assumes communication skills and collaborative and creative work in a multi- and inter-disciplinary environment. The researcher will exploit existing approaches (developed in our group and elsewhere) and develop new ones to the analyses and interpretation of findings in population studies of health disparities in disease risks and outcomes.

The research agenda includes (but is not limited to) working with large-scale datasets including Medicare files of Service Use, Health and Retirement Study, other datasets with phenotypic and genetic information, statistical analyses of these data, analytic work with the results, and publishing scientific papers.

Particular focus will be on the analyses of health disparities in Alzheimer’s disease (and related dementia) risks and outcomes and on addressing the relationships among contributions of different predictors, such as comorbid diseases, aggregated genetic measures (e.g., polygenic risk scores), aging, health and lifespan, using several large longitudinal human datasets.


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Duke University
Durham, NC 27708