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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to study paired brain and spinal cord electrical stimulation to promote recovery of movement following central nervous system injury. The project employs electrophysiology to test hypotheses about strengthening sensorimotor integration in the spinal cord. We are also developing and testing a closed-loop system for applying spinal cord stimulation based on levels of brain activity from movement intent. The successful applicant will be motivated to understand the systems-level mechanisms of a powerful neuromodulation paradigm developed recently in the laboratory. In addition, the project involves viral manipulation of neural circuits, anatomical tracing imaged with tissue clearing, and novel assays of skilled forelimb function.

These and many other skills and cutting-edge techniques will be taught to the successful candidate. The scientist will join a dynamic and growing group of 9 investigators in the Movement Recovery Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center. All projects use activity-based therapies, especially electrical stimulation, to promote neurological recovery after injury.

Compensation includes NIH scale salary, access to institutional housing, and full benefits. A commitment of at least two years of full-time work is required; the term may be renewable. Financial incentives and management responsibilities may be offered to strong candidates.

Columbia University is located in New York City and has a world-class faculty in neuroscience and neurology. Abundant learning opportunities include lab meetings, seminar series, journal clubs, and university lectures. There are also many opportunities for collaboration with other neuroscientists, laboratories creating new technologies, and expert clinicians.

Qualifications

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or other field related directly to the research;
  • Experience with neurophysiology techniques
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills
  • Strong writing skills and a track record of publications

Experience in the following areas is desirable but not essential:

  • Experience in motor or somatosensory systems
  • Spinal cord and muscle recording and stimulation
  • Closed loop systems
  • Matlab or similar programming and analysis
  • Familiarity with brain and spinal cord injury
  • Experience with activity- or injury-induced neural plasticity

Application Instructions

Email your CV and cover letter (or inquiries) to Jason B. Carmel, MD, Ph.D., at jbc28@cumc.columbia.edu  Please include “Postdoc Position” in the subject line. 

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