Focus: Probing motor recovery pathways with TMS and MRI
PI: Heidi Schambra, M.D.
A postdoctoral position is available October 1st in the Mobilis Lab of Dr. Heidi Schambra, in the Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU. The Mobilis Lab is a vibrant young laboratory that aims to enhance motor recovery after stroke via targeted physical training, noninvasive brain stimulation, and neuropharmacology. See www.mobilislab.com for our research areas and publications.
We are currently studying the role of descending pathways in a longitudinal study of motor recovery after stroke. We are evaluating pathway neurophysiology and neuroanatomy using TMS and advanced imaging techniques, respectively, with respect to motor recovery in the paretic upper extremity. We expect the postdoctoral fellow to lead this NIH-funded project. The postdoctoral fellow will also have opportunities to develop her/his own complementary research program in noninvasive brain stimulation, motor recovery, and/or motor skill learning.
Academic development is a central feature of this fellowship, and we will actively support the fellow’s professional growth through individual development plans, 1:1 mentoring, and professional skills workshops offered though the NYU Langone Postdoctoral Training Program. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to learn about wearable sensor technologies, machine learning, diffusion kurtosis imaging, and transcranial electrical stimulation.
We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic candidate with primary interests in neurophysiology and neurorecovery. S/he must have doctoral-level experience with TMS and behavioral testing in humans and should have a track record of publication in these areas. S/he must have the ability to work independently and with a collaborative interdisciplinary team, and should be comfortable working with healthy and stroke subjects. Experience with Matlab, Python, Igor, optical motion tracking, and/or Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
Specific responsibilities include:
Acquiring and processing neurophysiology and behavioral data in human subjects
Analyzing data and synthesizing results
Presenting findings at scientific meetings
Writing and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals
Contributing to grant proposals
Mentoring students or visiting fellows
Interested candidates should submit (1) a CV, (2) a brief (2 pages or less) cover letter explaining their research experience, interests, goals, and available start date, and (3) the names, contact information, and roles of three references familiar with their research and academic work to Dr. Heidi Schambra at Heidi.Schambra@nyumc.org.
Additional Salary Information: Subsidized housing is potentially available.
Internal Number: 01
About Mobilis Lab - NYU Langone Health
We study motor learning and recovery, with a focus on mechanisms and therapies. We seek knowledge that will enable us to maximize treatment of motor impairment and disability after stroke. We use a range of methodologies (e.g., motion capture, machine learning, targeted training paradigms, noninvasive brain stimulation) to both augment motor skill learning and recovery in the upper limbs, and to probe brain circuitry and motor control.