The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral associates to join its team. Under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek, NMRC brings together an interdisciplinary team of experts from neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, radiology, and engineering to advance neuromodulation therapies for movement disorders. Our group is part of the Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research awarded to the University of Minnesota in 2016. In the heart of Minnesota’s ‘Medical Alley’ our NIH-funded team fosters inventive, translational research aimed at training the next generation of researchers and clinicians and providing Minnesotans with world-class care. For more information visit nmrc.umn.edu.
We seek outstanding scientists interested in working in an NIH funded research program studying motor systems neurophysiology, the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD), mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in preclinical animal models of PD, and new DBS approaches.
About the Department:
The Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota invites applications to fill a postdoctoral associate position in the Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC), directed by Professor Jerrold Vitek, M.D. Ph.D. Candidates with a Ph.D., a M.D., or equivalent degree, with a record of outstanding training in biomedical engineering, systems neuroscience or related engineering/science field are encouraged to apply. The NMRC is an NIH-funded research program studying the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease, novel applications of deep brain stimulation technology to the treatment of neurological disease, the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and motor system neurophysiology. The NMRC is part of the University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease, the mission of which is to conduct clinical, multidisciplinary, translational and basic research that improves the understanding of and develops better treatments for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
- Strong quantitative background and signal processing expertise appropriate for the analysis of neural activity
- PhD in biomedical engineering, neuroscience or related engineering/science field
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
- Strong record of presenting research results through publications and conference abstracts
- Programming in MATLAB
- Experience in animal handling and training
- Expertise in the collection and analysis of single unit and local field potential neural signals
About the Job:
This position is focused on the analysis of large-scale neuronal populations, characterization of circuit connectivity in Parkinson’s disease (PD), optimization of directional DBS, and development of closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches by using the MPTP non-human primate model of PD. The required qualifications are:
85% Research duties: Data collection, analysis, method development, publication of results in manuscripts, proceedings, and conference abstracts
5% Career Development: Professional skills, leadership training, technical skills development
5% Outreach: Patient/community outreach, Industry Partnerships
5% Travel: Attending/presenting at local/national/international conferences