The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center seeks a Chief Technologist (Associate Research Scientist) for the Movement Recovery Laboratory led by Jason Carmel, MD, PhD at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The successful candidate will have strong programming and neuroscience experience with expertise in signal processing and analysis of large data sets. The position is ideal for a person who likes to develop and optimize neuroscience tools. He or she will be responsible for creating and maintaining the systems for cutting-edge neuroscience research that seeks to restore movement after paralyzing injury.
The Laboratory uses rodent models of disease to improve understanding of movement control, to test how electrical stimulation can strengthen neural circuits spared by injury. The laboratory uses a combination of behavior, physiology, and anatomy techniques in rats. Each of these modalities has a suite of tools that need to be made more quantitative, efficient, and precise.
Behavior: We quantify reaching, walking, and food manipulation using robotics and computer vision. The Chief Technologist will be charged with creating protocols and algorithms to efficiently record and analyze these movements, including reaching, stepping, and manipulation.
Physiology: We record and stimulate both motor cortex and the spinal cord. The technologist will help develop protocols for multichannel stimulation and for analysis of nerve and muscle signals. For example, we have created a graphical tool for real-time visualization of EMG responses to motor cortex stimulation.
Anatomy: We trace connections between the brain and the spinal cord using a combination of anterograde and retrograde neural tracers. The technologist will help quantify the number of labeled neurons and axons using computer vision and the results are placed into a 3D framework.
The Chief Technologist will be expected to work independently to establish protocols and to assist in testing them. This research work will require pro-active and interdisciplinary teamwork. The candidate should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, or a related field. Software design and programming skills in MATLAB (or equivalent scientific software) are critical. Knowledge of machine learning, computer vision, and source localization are other appealing skills. Most important is the ability to find innovative and practical solutions to technical problems.
Starting salary is based on experience and includes Columbia University benefits. The position is supported by NIH, New York State, and private foundation grants.
Columbia University is located in New York City, 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.
Please apply on the Columbia University Recruitment of Academic Personnel System site at….
https://pa334.peopleadmin.com/ Select ‘Search For Jobs’ prompt, then select ‘Orthopedic Surgery’ Department and view the ‘Chief Technologist (Associate Research Scientist)’ position title (Job Requisition No.: 0000347) and apply.
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Internal Number: 0000347
About Columbia Orthopedics
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is committed to providing world-class training to the next generation of orthopedic surgeons — and the opportunity for you to become involved in groundbreaking research.
The Orthopedics Research Group is a recognized leader in many areas of orthopedic research. In affiliation with the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, the International Center for Health Outcomes & Innovation Research (InCHOIR), and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, our vision is to improve musculoskeletal health through excellent clinical evaluative research and to gain national and international prominence in this endeavor.
The mission of the Orthopedic Research Group is (a) to perform quality clinical research. (b) to improve the quality of clinical care by developing new analytical methods for evaluating medical treatments and applying these methods to innovate approaches to patient care, (c) to promote advancement of health outcomes in research, (d) to educate all levels of health care provides in health sciences research. (d) to investigate and disseminate the health policy implication...s of our research findings and to use these data to empower pediatric health policy advocates. In particular, our group maintains the following research objectives:
To design new innovative research projects that promote innovation, public policy, and clinical exposure;
To streamline the process of clinical research by modifying and standardizing routine data collection that will incorporate quality of life (QOL) questionnaire into clinical practice and enable every parent and/or child to complete the questionnaire;
To strengthen and expand high quality, interdisciplinary, clinical evaluative and policy research at the Health Sciences Campus of Columbia University;
To develop a clinical research curriculum;
To investigate and disseminate the health policy implications of our research findings and to use these data to empower health policy advocates.