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Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human Spinal Cord Injury Repair Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Type: 
Job Duration: 
2 years

Job Description

One fully funded post-doc position is available immediately in the Human SCI repair laboratory at the Burke Medical Research Institute (White Plains, NY). We are looking for a top-tier, highly motivated post-doctoral fellow with strong interest in investigating the role of the corticospinal tract in motor recovery after spinal cord injury in humans.

The focus of the lab is to investigate the neurophysiology of motor dysfunction after spinal cord injury, by using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Study the cortical reorganization and changes in spinal circuitry after the spinal injury and after using training protocols that aim to enhance motor recovery. Develop new rehabilitation strategies that lead to strengthen the spared corticospinal path and consequently to obtain functional gains. Develop interventions that modulate brain and spinal excitability non-invasively, with repetitive TMS, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) or trans-spinal current stimulation (tsDCS). Understand the role of activity dependent plasticity in motor recovery.

The overarching goal of Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI), an academic affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), is to leverage the most innovative and highest quality neuroscience to restore brain and spinal cord function in those with neurological injury including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, age related macular degeneration. Twenty faculty funded by federal and private agencies work alongside 100 individuals on a beautiful 60-acre campus in White Plains, New York, 15 miles from the heart of New York City.

The Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) 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.


  • A doctoral degree, PhD in Neuroscience, biomechanical engineering or related field.
  • General interest in understanding the mechanisms of motor recovery, the use of non-invasive stimulation techniques to modulate brain and spinal motor circuits, the use of robotic devices to explore motor recovery after spinal cord injury.

How to Apply

Please Send the Following Items to

  1. Cover letter stating your interest
  2. Full CV, including a list of publications
  3. Name and contact information for three references

Successful applicants will receive full funding during the 2-year period.
Call deadline: December 15, 2017


Faculty Mentor

Mar Cortes, M.D.
Lab Director
Human Spinal Cord Injury Repair Laboratory
Burke Medical Research Institute
Assistant Professor