Location: Trinity College Dublin
Level: Research Fellow

Post Summary

Population ageing is a global phenomenon that has characterized demographic trends during the 20th and 21st century and presents both opportunities and challenges to society. While an ageing population brings opportunities linked to the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by older citizens; the increasing health, social and financial support needs of older adults place a significant societal burden in terms of healthcare and socio-economic provision. Perhaps one of the most formidable challenges associated with an ageing population is the potential for considerably increased incidence of age-related cognitive impairment. Advancing age is the greatest risk factor for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’ s disease (AD) and other dementias. However, there are other risk factors associated with lifestyle and genes that offer opportunities for prevention, intervention and the development of individualised treatments.

We are seeking an experienced post-doctoral researcher with an interest in the interaction of cognitive, psychological, physiological and behavioural variables to work on a four-year research project that offers the rare opportunity to assess relationships between these variables in a large cohort of healthy older adults. The study will carry out extensive testing on approximately 600 participants annually. The data collected during this study will also be used for comparative genomics research with data collected in a parallel study from participants with Alzheimer’s disease.

The project, jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Genomics Medical Ireland will initially run for four years however if data collection targets are met there is potential for the project to run for a total of eight years. The successful candidate will be based in Trinity Central (building located at the entrance to Pearse Street Dart Station).

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to by e-mail to Monica Lechea

Closing Date: 18th Jan 2019, 12 pm. 

Application Process: Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to monica.lechea@adaptcentre.ie . 

Full information can be found here.