The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center 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.
The successful candidate will have:
Experience in the following areas is desirable but not essential
Columbia University is located in New York City, has a world-class faculty in Neuroscience and Neurology. Abundant learning opportunities include lab meetings, seminar series, journal clubs and university lectures. There are also many opportunities for collaboration with other neuroscientists, laboratories creating new technologies, and expert clinicians.
Please apply on the Columbia University Recruitment of Academic Personnel System site at….
Select ‘Search For Jobs’ prompt, then select ‘Orthopedic Surgery’ Department and view the ‘Postdoctoral Research Scientist’ position title (Job Requisition No.: 0000345) and apply.
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