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Postdoctoral Associate - DBS for Movement Disorders

University of Minnesota Neuromodulation Research Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
53,760 - 65,292
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021
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This position is focused on the analysis of large-scale neuronal populations, characterization of circuit connectivity in Parkinson’s disease (PD), optimization of directional DBS, and development of closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches by using the MPTP non-human primate model of PD. 

- Strong quantitative background and signal processing expertise appropriate for the analysis of neural activity
- PhD in biomedical engineering, neuroscience or related engineering/science field
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
- Strong record of presenting research results through publications and conference abstracts
- Programming in MATLAB

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience in animal handling and training
- Expertise in the collection and analysis of single unit and local field potential neural signals

Job Duties/Responsibilities:
85% Research duties: Data collection, analysis, method development, publication of results in manuscripts, proceedings, and conference abstracts
5% Career Development: Professional skills, leadership training, technical skills development
5% Outreach: Patient/community outreach, Industry Partnerships
5% Travel: Attending/presenting at local/national/international conferences

About the Department:

The Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota invites applications to fill a postdoctoral associate position in the Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC), directed by Professor Jerrold Vitek, M.D. Ph.D.  Candidates with a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, with a record of outstanding training in biomedical engineering, systems neuroscience, or related engineering/science field are encouraged to apply. The NMRC is an NIH-funded research program studying the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease, novel applications of deep brain stimulation technology to the treatment of neurological disease, the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and motor system neurophysiology. The NMRC is part of the University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease, the mission of which is to conduct clinical, multidisciplinary, translational and basic research that improves the understanding of and develops better treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease. More information can be found at:


The University of Minnesota Neuromodulation Research Center, under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek as center director of the Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Research and the Neuromodulation Research Program, is a interdisciplinary unit inside the Neurology Department studying the pathologies of movement disorders in pre-clinical and clinical models. Our interdisciplinary team brings together a wealth of expertise to examine movement disorders, device based therapies, and translational research. We seek outstanding scientists interested in working in a NIH funded research program studying motor systems neurophysiology, the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease, and mechanisms of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease.

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