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Postdoctoral positions in motor learning, motor system repair, and brain stimulation at CUNY

John H. Martin, Ph.D.
New York City, New York
up to $65,000 depending on experience
Closing date
Oct 17, 2022

Job Details

Postdoctoral positions are available to study the biological effects of corticospinal system neuromodulation on motor learning and neural repair with a team of biomedical engineers and neuroscientists in the laboratories of Lucas Parra and John Martin.

Our laboratories study the role of activity-dependent neural processes that underpin LTP, motor learning, motor system repair after injury, and recovery of limb motor functions. Our-state-of-the-art laboratories are located at the CUNY research campus at the City College of New York and the CUNY School of Medicine. We have extensive investigational resources, including human and animal TMS, confocal microscopy, electrophysiological and optogenetic instrumentation, electrical circuit design and manufacturing, and 3D printing, human psycho-physics and EEG and fMRI.

For these positions, we will use the following approaches in the rat to investigate biological processes underlying motor learning, neural repair, and neuromodulation: electrophysiology (multielectrode spinal cord and motor cortex recording, motor cortex motor mapping, electromyographic recording), molecular anatomical techniques (dual-construct viral tract tracing, confocal microscopy), and biochemistry and molecular biology (Western blotting, qPCR). We will also use behavioral analyses, together with chemogenetic activation and inactivation approaches, to manipulate the activity of cortical neural circuits to probe mechanisms and causality.  We will use signal analysis approaches to quantify large-scale cortical synaptic changes in relation to neuromodulation and motor learning. We encourage applicants that have a strong background and training in electrophysiological approaches (including instrumentation), Matlab (or equivalent) programming, and animal behavioral approaches.

Email CV and the names and contact information of three references to John H Martin, Ph.D. ( and Lucas Parra, Ph.D ( ).

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Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/American with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer




The Martin laboratory studies how the nervous system controls limb movement, such as walking and reaching, from the dual perspectives of brain development and recovery of motor function after brain or spinal cord injury. Our studies focus on the corticospinal motor system and on the spinal motor circuits that are the targets of the corticospinal system. We are interested in elucidating the mechanisms by which the specificity of these connections are established during development and in devising ways to reestablish this specificity after injury. We use a diversity of animal models to study the question of corticospinal system development and repair. An important focus of the lab is to translate what we learn in the animal into therapies for humans with mobility impairments. Research in the lab is supported by grants from the NIH, NYS Department of Health, and private foundations. The laboratory, which is part of the City University of New York School of Medicine, is located at the City College of NY South Campus in northern Manhattan, in the Center for Discovery and Innovation. The South Campus is also where the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center is located. The CCNY Center for Discovery and Innovation and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center together comprise CUNY’s newest premier science research facility. Please see the laboratory website for updates :

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