The Department of Orthopedic Surgery seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scientist 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. We are also developing and testing a closed loop system for applying spinal cord stimulation based on levels of brain activity from movement intent. 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 imaged with tissue clearing, and novel assays of skilled forelimb function. These and many other skills and cutting-edge techniques will be taught to the successful candidate. The scientist will join a dynamic and growing group of 9 investigators in the Movement Recovery Laboratory led by Jason Carmel, MD, PhD at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. All projects use activity-based therapies, especially electrical stimulation, to promote neurological recovery after injury. Compensation includes NIH scale salary and Columbia University benefits. A commitment of at least 2 years of full-time work is required; the term may be renewable. Management responsibilities may be included for a strong candidate.
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