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Full Professor (Research Scientist III-IV) - Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury

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The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a Northwestern University affiliated Rehabilitation Research Hospital, seeks to recruit a research scientist to work on topics related to stroke and/or spinal cord injury.

Stroke and spinal cord injury are common neurologic disorders requiring long-term rehabilitation, and a major clinical and research focus of our hospital.  Research topics may address a range of themes related to impairment mechanisms, pathophysiology, impairment quantification, or treatment. Methods to be used may range from clinical neurophysiology, electrical recording or stimulation techniques, brain mapping, motion analysis or measurements of muscle reflex, mechanical or material properties.

Full Professor (Research Scientist III-IV) will use this fundamental knowledge for translational research in humans with and without lesions to the central nervous system. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will form strong partnerships with the Northwestern Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Therapy & Human Movement Science, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and neuroscience.

Research labs are located on or adjacent to clinical floors in our new hospital, providing ready access to stroke survivors admitted for early rehabilitation, or returning for continuing outpatient care.

The Full Professor (Research Scientist III-IV) position can be awarded at any rank (research scientist III or IV), ranks roughly equivalent to an associate or full professor in our university. A strong history of publication in high-quality journals and a history of independent grant support are also important.

Salary levels are highly competitive and will vary according to appointment rank.  Substantial startup packages are available as needed.


Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Develops and submits research proposals and grant applications to secure external research funding from agencies such as the NIH, VA, NIDILRR, DoD, NSF and private foundations.
  2. Ensures that scientific and regulatory milestones of specific projects are met.
  3. Publishes original studies in refereed journals that advance our understanding of motor control, and translation science linked to neurologic illness.
  4. Demonstrates leadership activity in professional organizations such as the Society for Neuroscience, the International Society for Society for Neuroscience, Neural Control of Movement, Progress in Motor Control, etc.
  5. Contributes to the educational of highly qualified personnel including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, medical students, and residents.


Required Experience

  1. Knowledge of measurement and statistics principles acquired through a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline from an accredited school and successful completion of a postdoctoral fellowship.
  2. Minimum 5 years of related experience with an expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts. Reputation as emerging leader in field with sustained performance and accomplishment.
  3. Uses professional concepts in accordance with institute objectives to solve complex problems in creative and effective ways.
  4. Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought.
  5. Works on complex problems and designs/conducts research projects in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  6. Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  7. Requires proficiency in writing to prepare grant proposals, research reports and other publications, and explain complex results to a lay audience.
  8. Interpersonal skills needed to communicate effectively with other staff members, fellow researchers.
  9. May determine methods and procedures on new assignments and may provide guidance to other lower level personnel.


About Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions. By joining our team, you will be part of our life-changing Mission and Vision. You’ll work in a truly inclusive environment where diversity and equity are championed through words and actions. You’ll contribute to an innovative culture that is second to none, one that embraces curiosity, discovery and compassion. You’ll play a role in something that’s never been done before as we integrate science and clinical care to help patients achieve better, faster outcomes — as we Advance Human Ability, together.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a global resource. Clinical trials and research studies are where we bring our integrated care to life. We’re committed to Advancing Ability and sharing what we’re doing and what we learn — with all who seek greater ability and practitioners the world over.

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