A postdoctoral position is available at Penn State in the Neurorehabilitation and Movement Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Bob Sainburg. Our laboratory has focused on understanding brain lateralization for motor control, and the effects of such lateralization on motor function, following brain damage due to unilateral stroke. We have demonstrated that left and right hemisphere lesions have different effects on specific aspects of motor control and learning. Most importantly, each hemisphere contributes to control of both hands, a phenomenon that results in non-paretic arm motor deficits following unilateral stroke. This post-doctoral position will focus two aspects of our research program: Primary role: Intervention study exploiting virtual reality and real-world training of the non-paretic arm in chronic stroke patients with severe paresis. Secondary role: Examining lateralization of bimanual coordination in neurologically typical individuals and in stroke survivors with right and left hemisphere lesions. Our methods focus heavily on recording and analyzing limb kinematics, kinetics, and for many studies electromyography. We also employ standardized clinical evaluations of motor function, activities of daily living, and functional independence. Our intervention study is a 2-site collaboration with Dr. Carolee Winstein at the University of Southern California.
This position has a minimum requirement of 2 years and can be extended.
We are seeking an individual with a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science, kinesiology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or a related field. It would be beneficial to have clinical research experience, as well as basic science experience, and a clinical degree is helpful but not required. The successful candidate will work be directly mentored by Dr. Sainburg and will work closely with his team of scientists, as well as coordinating with Dr. Winstein’s team at USC. Dr. Sainburg has appointments in both Kinesiology and Neurology, and the majority of research will be conducted in his laboratory on the medical campus of Penn State, in the Neurology department. We anticipate the position to be available in November, 2018. Please send your curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references to Robert Sainburg PhD OTR at firstname.lastname@example.org