A Postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Neurosurgery Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center large animal spinal cord injury research program. The preferred candidate will be working on developing neuromodulatory treatments for spinal cord injury using the porcine model. The applicant is expected to assist with experimental characterization of the porcine model establishing its applicability to spinal cord injury with ultimate goal of accelerating discoveries for human SCI. The porcine model studies complement our human neuromodulation of SCI program and applicant is expected to be involved in translational studies involving mechanisms and development of neuromodulatory therapeutic approaches to SCI recovery. Neuromodulatory approaches of interest include epidural stimulation, transcutaneous stimulation and intraspinal stimulation.
The qualified applicant should have completed a doctorate in neuroscience, anatomy or neurobiology, Neurophysiology, or related fields. Interested applicants must be highly motivated, have a great work ethic, excellent interpersonal relations, communication skills, and demonstrated superior problem-solving skills. No experience is required but previous work with any or several of the following: large animals, good writing skills, bowel/bladder physiology and assessments, neurophysiology, histology, gut microbiome work, kinematic and gait analysis, neuroimaging, Matlab, small or large animal surgery would be a plus. Evidences of eagerness to learn, strong initiative and ability to work independently is highly desirable.