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Brain Nutrition Research Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital

About the Role

The McCance Center for Brain Health in the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is a Harvard-affiliated Center in Boston well-poised to the discovery of novel tools and interventions that promote brain health. Our mission is to maximize brain health, optimize mental vitality, and prevent age-related brain disease. The McCance Center Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is building capacity for conducting state-of-the-art interventions ranging from small compounds, repurposed drugs and natural products to multi-domain lifestyle interventions for the prevention of neurological disorders (i.e., Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia). The McCance Center Brain Nutrition Laboratory (BNL) is hiring a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Brain Nutrition to leverage existing datasets to identify modifiable risk factors for mitigation through interventional studies in high-risk populations.

Current McCance Center faculty and staff are interdisciplinary, including expertise in nutrition, genetics, neurology, psychiatry, exercise, sleep, data sciences, clinical, epidemiological and basic research. We are looking for a Fellow with interests in developing expertise in nutritional neuroscience to join our team.



The MGH-McCance Center for Brain Health-BNL has an open Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position to explore existing and establish new datasets that identify modifiable risk factors for mitigation through interventional studies in people at risk for dementia. Candidates will have attained a Doctoral degree (i.e., PhD, ND, MD, ScD, or equivalent per NIH definition) in areas that may include nutritional epidemiology, medicine, epidemiology, or nutritional biochemistry/biology with experience in human investigations.

 Specific roles and responsibilities include:

·       Leverage existing datasets with blood, CSF, neuroimaging biomarkers, and post-mortem human brain tissue available for clinical research.

·       Conduct longitudinal statistical analysis of repeated measures of brain health, disease incidence, and dimension reduction techniques applied to exposure and outcome measures in nutrition and neurology.

·       Draft technical reports of research findings for peer review publication in appropriate journals.

·       Develop grant proposals with suitable preliminary studies sections to compete for federal, foundation and industry research grants.



·       Clinical research experience including clinical trials or epidemiological studies in aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

·       Independent in the statistical analysis of longitudinal biomarker studies in aging and dementia

·       Early indication of publications leveraging existing datasets, preferably using biomarkers is an asset 

·       Recruitment success of research participants is an asset.

·       Signs of early funding success

·       Aspire to publish impactful peer reviewed scientific articles leading to successful career development award   


·       Doctoral degree (i.e., PhD, MD, ND, ScD, or equivalent) in areas including nutritional epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, medicine, nutritional biochemistry/biology with experience in human investigations.

The MGH Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery (CNTR) develops, tests, and deploys novel neurotechnologies to improve the care of people suffering from diseases or injuries of the nervous system.

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