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Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate in Sensory and Motor Physiology

Postdoctoral Fellow
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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 Medical Research Institute. All projects use activity-based therapies, especially electrical stimulation, to promote neurological recovery after injury.


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

Email your CV and cover letter (or inquiries) to Jason B. Carmel, M.D., Ph.D. at Please include “Motor Recovery Lab Position” in the subject line. The Burke Medical Research Institute takes Affirmative Action to ensure equal opportunity. 


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