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Mayo Clinic Research Fellow - Translational Neuroscience & Aging Lab in Scottsdale, Arizona








Psychiatry & Psychology

Position description

Translational Neuroscience and Aging Laboratory (The Geda lab) is an extramurally funded research and education program that contributes to new knowledge in the following areas: (1) Do life style factors (e.g. leisurely walk after a dinner, mental activities such as using computers) impact cognitive/brain function? Do such activities reduce the risk of dementia or pre-dementia state? (2) Is there an association between brain changes due to Alzheimer’s disease as measured by structural and molecular neuroimaging and psychological factors such as depression, and anxiety? Does severe and prolonged emotional distress increase the risk of dementia or pre-dementia? (3) What is it that makes humans change behavior to pursue healthy weight, and promote emotional and cognitive health? In addition to research, the program has an outstanding track record in education/mentoring activities. To date, several students, fellows and junior faculty from the US and Europe have been successfully mentored to pursue a rewarding biomedical research or medical career. The program collaborates with many US based and international researchers.

The program is now seeking an outstanding Post-doctoral fellow for a minimum of 6 months commitment subject to renewal depending on funding availability.

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Please attach the following required documents at the time of application.

  • Current curriculum vitae and bibliography

  • Brief personal statement of only 5 to 10 sentences

Those interested should complete an application and email: (1) Curriculum vitae (PDF format) and (2) a brief personal statement of only 5 to 10 sentences to Professor Yonas Geda (

800146; J2WRTP


Must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a field deemed relevant by the program. Research Fellow is appropriate for individuals who have completed no more than one prior postdoctoral fellowship, at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere.

Additional qualifications

The candidate is expected to show flexibility in forging collaboration with research programs that engage in both in vitro and in vivo research pertaining to life style factors, metabolism and neuroscience.

Experience and/or knowledge in the design and conduct of observational studies (e.g. survey research, case-control, and cohort studies) involving neurodegenerative diseases is preferred but not required.

Training or experience in exercise science or metabolism is preferred but not required.

A past experience of working as a research student or equivalent at Mayo clinic is preferred but not required.


Full Time

Site description

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona are located in Phoenix and Scottsdale, in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. The region is known as the Valley of the Sun, a metropolitan area with more than 4 million residents in 25 cities and towns.

With Phoenix being the sixth largest city in the nation, this sunny "desert metropolis" offers the amenities of a big city in the midst of a strikingly beautiful, rugged, southwest landscape.

Scottsdale frequently earns praise as a highly desirable place to live. The city's more than 200,000 residents enjoy a vibrant mix of culinary hot spots, arts and entertainment, professional and collegiate sports teams, and community resources. The region's desert climate promotes an outdoor lifestyle with a full complement of sports and recreation.


Postdoc & Temporary Research

Career profile

Post Doctoral Research


Psychiatry & Psychology

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Saundra Wilson

Equal opportunity employer

Mayo Clinic is an equal opportunity educator and employer (including veterans and persons with disabilities).