Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Neurological Sciences

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Sep 2, 2022

Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Neurological Studies (Dr. Alana Kirby)

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow carries out clinical, health services, and implementation science research on novel models of patient care and caregiver support in advanced Parkinson¡¦s disease and related disorders. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Participates in current projects including an NIA-funded, theory-based caregiver education and peer mentoring study in Lewy Body Dementia, NINDS-funded interdisciplinary home visits and telehealth, and health professional education to enhance knowledge of, care for, and empathy towards patients with neurodegenerative disease.

  • Studies novel forms of exercise for individuals with neurodegenerative disease.

  • Collaborates with other researchers at the internationally-recognized Parkinson¡¦s disease and Movement Disorders Program at Rush University, within the Department of Neurological Sciences, across disciplines, and with outside colleagues.

  • Assists in conducting patient and caregiver-facing interviews and focus groups, training sessions, and supervision groups.

  • Assists with the analysis of existing longitudinal data in research and clinical repositories.

  • Contributes to current research studies and to design and conduct an original study that is of mutual interest to the applicant and the principal investigator/mentor.

  • Contributes to ongoing research projects with a highly interdisciplinary study team.

  • Prepares talks and participates in seminars.

  • Drafts reports, grant applications, and papers for publication.

  • Submits at least two manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals per year.

  • Gives two to three presentations per year at national conferences in area of interest.


Required Job Qualifications:

  • A PhD (completed by start of employment) in psychology, gerontology, sociology, health education, public health, medicine, neuroscience, or other relevant scientific discipline required.

  • Training in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • Experience with statistical software.

  • Experience and comfort with neurodegenerative, geriatric, and/or palliative care patient and family populations.

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Detail-oriented with high attention to accuracy

  • Ability to meet deadlines and help coordinate multiple aspects of ongoing projects.

  • Outstanding writing skills


Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Scientific publications.

  • Experience in interdisciplinary research and working in collaborative teams.


Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush full accreditation for three years. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation.

  • As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. Investigators at Rush are involved in more than 1,600 projects, including hundreds of clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge.

  • RUMC offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits & the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development & recognizes your achievements.

  • Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.


Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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