Director, Aging Research Initiative

Director, Aging Research Initiative



UCLA has long been at the forefront of research, clinical care and training in Geriatric Psychiatry. The Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences of the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior seek to continue this tradition of national leadership though recruitment of a Director of the Aging Research Initiative. Appointments in the Semel Institute in this series at the Associate Professor and Professor ranks are funded by a state FTE and have no specified ending date.

The successful applicant will be a mid‐career scientist with an outstanding record of accomplishment of translational research in disorders of aging, eligible for appointment at the Associate or early full Professor level, and will also be eligible for appointment to the Parlow‐Solomon Chair on Aging. Candidates should have success in competing for extramural funding, a strong interest in a highly collaborative research environment, a record of excellence in teaching and the skills and the experience to play an important role in translation of research findings into practice. All areas of research on aging are of interest, with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders preferred. 

In addition to leadership of research, responsibilities will include teaching psychiatry residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students, as well as mentoring faculty who are developing careers in research.


The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is a leading interdisciplinary research and education institute devoted to the study of complex human behavior and the causes, prevention, and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.


We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, and excellence.  Faculty appointment level and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications, as part of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.  Minimum requirements include M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent medical or clinical degrees; California License (or license eligible);

Board certification in Psychiatry; and additional accreditation in Geriatric Psychiatry is preferred.


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Interested candidates should submit i) a curriculum vitae, ii) a statement of research accomplishments and future plans, iii) a statement of teaching, clinical activities, interests and expertise, iv) a statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and v) contact information for three references to the UC Recruit application portal at

Contact Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D., for additional information at or (310) 794‐6386. Initial application review will begin April 29, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.