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Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate in Sensory and Motor Physiology

JOB POSITION: 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Type: 
Full-time

Job Description

We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow or research associate 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 how to strengthen sensorimotor integration in the spinal cord. 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, and novel assays of skilled forelimb function. These and many other skills will be taught to the successful candidate. The scientist will join a dynamic and growing group of 11 investigators in the Motor Recovery Laboratory at the Burke Neurological Institute. All projects use activity-based therapies, especially electrical stimulation, to promote neurological recovery after injury.

The Burke Neurological Institute (BNI) is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries, pioneering novel rehabilitation therapies and developing innovative clinical programs. Based in White Plains, NY and working synergistically with its academic affiliate Weill Cornell Medicine, BNI is comprised of several neurological disease, injury and functional recovery focused research laboratories. We are pioneering new therapeutics that impact the growing prevalence of neurological impairments from stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to neurodegenerative diseases and retinal degenerative diseases.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • 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
  • Matlab or similar programming and analysis
  • Familiarity with brain and spinal cord injury
  • Experience with activity- or injury-induced neural plasticity

Compensation includes NIH scale salary, housing stipend, and full benefits. A commitment of at least 2 years of full-time work is required; the term may be renewable. Financial incentives and management responsibilities may be offered to strong candidates.

How to Apply

To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application, upload a cover letter and a resume, as well as include three contacts for references.

Contact

Jason B. Carmel, M.D., Ph.D.

About the Institute

The Burke Neurological Institute (BNI) is a nonprofit leading scientific research institute devoted to advancing the study of neurological diseases and injuries, pioneering novel rehabilitation therapies and developing innovative clinical programs. Based in White Plains, NY and working synergistically with its academic affiliate Weill Cornell Medicine, BMRI is comprised of several neurological disease, injury and functional recovery focused research laboratories. We are pioneering new therapeutics that impact the growing prevalence of neurological impairments from stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury to neurodegenerative diseases and retinal degenerative diseases.

BNI is an equal opportunity employer.