Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate (USC Schaeffer Center) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate to join the Alzheimer’s Trial Recruitment Innovation Lab (ATRIL) fellowship program.

ATRIL is a collaboration between the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, the USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute, and the Economics Department at Howard University funded through a grant by the American Heart Association’s Strategically-Focused Research Network (SFRN) on the Science of Diversity in Clinical Trials. ATRIL’s goal is to test novel recruitment methods that shift the focus from traditional research and healthcare settings towards community-based activities (decentralized recruitment) so that clinicians can reach diverse participants who are eligible for earlier intervention trials. The Center’s research projects build on an existing, online participant registry to engage, assess and recruit diverse (ethnic/racial, education, SES) participants for potential enrollment into a trial-ready cohort for immediate access to ongoing randomized clinical trials.

This two-year, fixed-term fellowship program is designed to train and develop the next generation of researchers interested in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) clinical trials through a multidisciplinary, active and team-based learning approach. The fellowship combines rigorous didactic sessions, hands-on experience working on clinical trials and trial-related research projects, including a mentored clinical research project using previously collected data. The training program is enhanced through interactive seminars, workshops and other learning and networking opportunities.

The ideal applicant is a postdoctoral researcher who has recently completed a PhD, MD or MD/PhD and has an interest in establishing a future career in AD/ADRD clinical trials. The fellowship program supports scientists across diverse domains of expertise to gain true expertise in ADRD clinical trials. Applicants from medical and biostatistics programs are encouraged.

Because this SFRN aims to help end historical structures and workplace cultures that advertently or inadvertently treat people inequitably based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, veteran status or other factors, positive consideration will be given to an applicant from a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in science (e.g., Black/African-American; Hispanic/Latino; Native American or Alaska Native; and/or Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) or an LGBTQ+ person or a woman.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education:

Must have completed a PhD, MD or MD/PhD in medicine, biostatistics, gerontology, public policy, health policy, health economics, health services research or related field

Work Arrangement: Hybrid, USC Los Angeles University Park Campus


The annual base salary range for this position is $66,737 – $85,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Required Documents: please upload all required documents in one combined PDF

  • Letter of intent

  • CV

  • Personal statement indicating the applicant’s interest in clinical trials and commitment to diversity in clinical research

  • Short diversity statement

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies.

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