The Plasticity, Monoamines, and Recovery of Function (PMRF) Lab at Florida International University, under the direction of Prof. Jacob McPherson, is seeking graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with interests in neural engineering and rehabilitation. These individuals will take a lead role in advancing an NIH-funded project that seeks to develop a new, closed-loop neural-computer interface to reduce neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury. However, these individuals will be involved in all aspects of PMRF Lab research and have the opportunity to conduct both animal and human research.
The PMRF Lab studies sensorimotor integration and neuropathic pain following stroke and spinal cord injury. Of particular interest are the roles of neural plasticity and brainstem-spinal neuromodulation in persistent impairment as well as in recovery. The lab takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding these phenomena, using neural engineering techniques (e.g., recording/stimulation in the nervous system, neural-computer interfaces, signal processing), quantitative motor and sensory testing, neuropharmacology, and physical therapy. The ultimate goal of the PMRF Lab is to design biophysically-inspired interventions that drive neural plasticity for pain amelioration and motor rehabilitation.
The successful candidate(s) will join a dynamic and growing laboratory, and will work directly with Prof. McPherson to gain relevant technical and scientific expertise, as well as professional development mentorship. The PMRF Lab is housed within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at FIU, where individuals will be able to interact directly with other faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students engaged in neural engineering and rehabilitation research. The PMRF Lab also maintains close collaborations with researchers in FIU’s Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Electrical Engineering, and the Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center, as well as with researchers at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/University of Miami.
For individuals interested in post-doctoral fellowships, candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent doctoral-level degree) in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or a closely related field, and research experience in any of the following areas is highly desirable: in vivo neurophysiology, electrophysiology, animal or human neuropathophysiology (particularly spinal cord injury, stroke, or pain), analysis of biophysical signals (e.g., EMG, ECoG, ENG), Matlab programming, and data acquisition/instrumentation. All individuals should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 511475 at facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach as a single *.pdf file (1) a detailed CV, (2) a statement of research experience and interests, and (3) the names and contact information for at least three scientific references. References will be contacted as determined by the search committee. The positions are available immediately; review will continue until position is filled. For more information, please contact Prof. Jacob McPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (+1) 305-348-8107.
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