The Department of Orthopedics seeks an outstanding postdoctoral fellow with experience in human electrophysiologist to lead studies of movement, under the supervision of Jason Carmel, MD, PhD, a neurologist and movement neuroscientist. We seek to understand how electrical stimulation of the cervical spinal cord causes muscle responses in the arm and hand. This project involves stimulation mapping of the spinal cord during clinically indicated surgery. We will also pair motor cortex and spinal cord stimulation in order to determine how brain descending motor connections interact with spinal sensory circuits. This knowledge will inform how brain and spinal cord stimulation should be combined to promote plasticity and recovery from injury. We have documented elevated spinal excitability and functional improvement in rats using a parallel protocol.
Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of human motor function and the neural circuits needed for skilled movement. Experience with EMG, electrical stimulation, and signal processing are key strengths. In addition, strong analytical skills, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate clearly are important skills. Candidates should demonstrate aptitude and interest in working with research participants and within a team of scientists and clinicians. We also seek individuals with superior motivation, commitment, and attention to detail.
The research is conducted at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which houses the medical school and biomedical graduate programs. The team includes faculty members from several Departments, including Neurology, Orthopedics, Engineering, and Neurosurgery. The position allows participation in a vast array of learning opportunities held at the Medical Center and nearby campuses, including the Zuckerman Institute for Mind, Brain, and Behavior. The scientific community is rich in ideas and cutting-edge scientific techniques. Compensation includes NIH scale salary, access to institutional housing, and full benefits. A commitment of at least 2 years of full-time work is required; the term may be renewable.
The successful candidate with report to Jason Carmel, MD, PhD, who is PI of the Movement Recovery Laboratory and the Scientific Director of the Weinberg Cerebral Palsy Center. There will also be frequent interactions with engineers, clinicians, and neuroscientists who pursue similar studies in laboratory animals. Please send a CV and cover letter to email@example.com with the title “human physiologist”. Columbia takes affirmative action to ensure a diversity of backgrounds and ideas.
PhD (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or other field related directly to the research.
Knowledge of human motor function and the neural circuits needed for skilled movement. Experience with EMG, electrical stimulation, and signal processing. Strong analytical skills, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate clearly. Demonstrate aptitude and interest in working with research participants and within a team of scientists and clinicians. Superior motivation, commitment, and attention to detail.