Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the Human Performance and Engineering Lab at Kessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ in collaboration with New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University. The 2 year program prepares biomedical scientists, including engineers (e.g. biomedical, electrical, rehabilitation), neuroscientists, kinesiologists, and those in related fields, for a career in rehabilitation research within the specialty area of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroimaging.
The successful candidate will work principally on a project investigating the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying balance dysfunction and intervention related recovery in traumatic brain injury (TBI) under the supervision of Drs Didier Allexandre and Guang Yue. The project uses a multimodal approach involving MRI, EEG, EMG, motion tracking, transcranial magnetic stimulation to study how cortico-motor control of balance is affected and improved following a computerized biofeedback based intervention aimed at improving postural stability.
The successful applicant will also be expected to develop his/her own mentored research project as well as have the opportunity to work on other projects in neuromuscular rehabilitation in diverse patient populations including traumatic brain injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and stroke. He/she will work on various aspects of research projects from inception (e.g., study formulation, grant-writing, etc.), through dissemination (conference presentation and manuscript publication). Opportunities of collaborating with clinicians on existing or future clinical research are also available. All fellows participate in an extensive training curriculum and didactic offerings. Multidisciplinary mentored training opportunities are individually tailored to achieve specific goals considering each fellow’s prior background and interests. More information can be found at www.kesslerfoundation.org/researchcenter/postdoctoralfellowshipprogram.
PhD degree in biomedical engineering, neuroscience or closely related field.
Strong computer skills with solid programming experience in particular Matlab.
Background in signal processing or/and image processing (EMG, EEG, fMRI) and biomedical instrumentation.
Ability to independently develop data processing/analysis methods.
Excellent written communication skills.
Research studies in human subjects, and history of publication and presentation of original research.
Applicants with specific interests and/or experience in the following areas: Transcranial magnetic stimulation; Neuromuscular rehabilitation; biomedical signal processing (e.g., EEG, TMS and EMG); brain and muscle electrophysiology
Applicants with specific experience in EEG and EMG data collection and analysis, preferably in EEG based mobile brain/body imaging (MoBI) experiments as well as motor related fMRI processing.
How to apply
To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter summarizing relevant research expertise, experience and interest to Dr. Allexandre at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the reference number “TBIpd2-SFN” in your application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is available immediately. Application will be reviewed until the position is filled (announcement date: 9/27/2017)
We are an equal opportunity employer.
We will be at the SFN conference in Washington in November. Let us know if you would be attending and we can have the opportunity to meet in person.
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Kessler Foundation bears the name of Dr. Henry H. Kessler, an orthopedist who founded Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 1947 to provide comprehensive rehabilitation for people with physical disabilities and help them achieve maximum independence. Today, the rehabilitation resea...rch and community employment programs of Kessler Foundation continue Dr. Kessler’s legacy.
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Kessler Foundation strives to improve the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, and other chronic neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Over the past decade, Kessler Foundation has invested almost $50 million in the work of its Research Center, where investigators develop ways to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles to leading full and productive lives in our communities.
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