The University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

LOI Due Date
Brief Description

The University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (UM-OAIC) at the School of Medicine has one Research Education Core (REC) Scholar position available for a qualified M.D. or Ph.D. scientist. The goal of this program is to foster the career development of qualified junior faculty from multiple disciplines into independent, academic scientists in gerontology and geriatrics through a mentor-based, research training program. REC Scholars are expected to work in basic or translational research within the UM-OAIC mission (see below). The Pepper Center provides an enriched, research training and educational environment to promote the career development of junior faculty toward independence as investigators in aging-related research. Most REC Scholars will be expected to write and submit a career development grant application. The REC Scholar position is funded for a period of up to two years contingent on adequate progress. The funding available is $35,000-$50,000; not to exceed $50,000. Funding would begin July 2024. The scholar’s Department Chair is required to contribute funds to assure at least 50% protected time; this assurance must be received in writing when the LOI is submitted. Scholars are also eligible and encouraged to apply for one-year UM-OAIC pilot project funding of $30,000 to enhance a funded UM-OAIC scholar’s research project.

The UM-OAIC’s mission focuses on the restoration of function in order to improve function in those with impairments, and the prevention or delay of further progression in those who are already disabled. Studies may examine the mechanisms underlying the functional impairments associated with stroke, hip fracture, and other prevalent chronic diseases in older people. The UM-OAIC has three research cores, each with a specific focus, and will provide training and services to the funded scholar who is working to advance the science in their area of interest. The methodologies within the cores will provide the UM-OAIC scholar with resources to study the mechanisms underlying disease-specific functional disabilities and determine the effectiveness of novel functional-impairment specific rehabilitation strategies. Further information about the UM-OAIC including center core leaders and investigators can be found at

Prior to applying, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Roghmann through Ms. Sullens ( to discuss their application. For anyone that is interested in attending, there will be a presentation by Dr. Roghmann who will discuss the REC Scholar LOI and full application process that will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 4pm. See zoom link below to attend: 

Dr. Seliger will also outline the process for UM-OAIC pilot funding which may also be of interest.