Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
90% Research duties: Data analysis, method development, system integration, publication of results in manuscripts and conference abstracts
5% Career Development: Professional skills, leadership training, technical skills development
5% Travel: Attending/presenting at local/national/international conferences
About the Job:
The Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota invites applications to fill two Postdoctoral Associate positions in the Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC), directed by Professor Jerrold Vitek, M.D. Ph.D. Candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, with a record of training in dynamical systems analysis, feedback control systems, brain machine interfaces, neuromodulation, and systems neuroscience are encouraged to apply.
Under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D. and Dr. David Escobar, Ph.D., the successful applicants will be expected to work collaboratively within the NMRC on pre-clinical studies focused on the analysis of large-scale neuronal populations, characterization of circuit connectivity in Parkinson’s disease, and development of closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches for the treatment of movement disorders. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to access and analyze large neural datasets available in the NMRC and apply engineering methods to the development of next generation DBS therapies.
The NMRC is an NIH-funded research program, directed by Dr. Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D., studying the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease, novel applications of DBS technology to the treatment of neurological disease, the mechanisms of DBS, and motor system neurophysiology. The NMRC is part of the University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease, whose mission is to conduct clinical, multidisciplinary, translational and basic research that improves the understanding of and develops better treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease.
The NMRC offers a collaborative and translationally focused training and work environment. It resides under the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine and collaborates across multiple departments including Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. The Department of Neurology is a well-balanced program with significant achievements in teaching, clinical programs and research. The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
PhD in science/engineering or related field with experience in one or more of the following: Brain machine interfaces, dynamical systems analysis, feedback control, systems neuroscience
Experience in signal analysis and statistics
Experience developing software tools using MATLAB/Simulink
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
Record of presenting research results through publications and conference abstracts
Experience in the collection and analysis of neuronal population data
Knowledge of graduate-level linear algebra and differential equations
Internal Number: 328718
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