The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Irving Medical Center seeks an outstanding postdoctoral research scientist with experience in human electrophysiologist to lead studies of movement, under the supervision of Jason Carmel, MD, PhD, a neurologist and movement neuroscientist. The project seeks to understand how electrical stimulation of the cervical spinal cord causes muscle responses in the arm and hand. The project involves stimulation mapping of the spinal cord during clinically indicated surgery. Also pairing motor cortex and spinal cord stimulation in order to determine how brain descending motor connections interact with spinal sensory circuits. The knowledge will inform how brain and spinal cord stimulation should be combined to promote plasticity and recovery from injury. Elevated spinal excitability and functional improvement in rats using a parallel protocol has been documented.
Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of human motor function and the neural circuits needed for skilled movement. Experience with EMG, electrical stimulation, and signal processing are key strengths. In addition, strong analytical skills, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate clearly are important skills. Candidates should also demonstrate aptitude and interest in working with research participants and within a team of scientists and clinicians. Individuals with superior motivation, commitment, and attention to detail are sought.
The research is conducted at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which houses the medical school and biomedical graduate programs. The team includes faculty members from several Departments, including Neurology, Orthopedics, Engineering, and Neurosurgery. The position allows participation in a vast array of learning opportunities held at the Medical Center and nearby campuses, including the Zuckerman Institute for Mind, Brain, and Behavior. The scientific community is rich in ideas and cutting-edge scientific techniques. Compensation includes NIH scale salary, eligibility for campus housing, and full benefits. A commitment of at least 2 years of full-time work is required; the term may be renewable.
The successful candidate with report to Jason Carmel, MD, PhD, who is PI of the Movement Recovery Laboratory and the Scientific Director of the Weinberg Cerebral Palsy Center. There will also be frequent interactions with engineers, clinicians, and neuroscientists who pursue similar studies in laboratory animals. Please send a CV and cover letter to email@example.com with the title “human physiologist”. Columbia takes affirmative action to ensure a diversity of backgrounds and ideas.
Minimum Degree Required
PhD (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or other field related directly to the research.
Knowledge of human motor function and the neural circuits needed for skilled movement. Experience with EMG, electrical stimulation, and signal processing. Strong analytical skills, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate clearly. Demonstrate aptitude and interest in working with research participants and within a team of scientists and clinicians. Superior motivation, commitment, and attention to detail.
Internal Number: 00001024
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.