According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.
The Department of Neurosurgery is seeking a funded post-doctoral fellow position for work on hand rehabilitation, motor control, electroencephalography, and cortical plasticity. This 2-year position is supported by a funded research project testing a novel virtual reality hand training paradigm for degenerative cervical myelopathy. This collaborative project will be guided by faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the joint Biomedical Engineering Department at MCW and Marquette University. The candidate will join a vibrant neuroscience and biomedical engineering community with potential for additional opportunities in device development, neuroimaging, biomechanical functional testing and translational research.
The post-doctoral fellow will work closely with Aditya Vedantam, MD (Faculty Website) and Brian D. Schmit PhD (Faculty Website).
Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:
It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:
- Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
- Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
- Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
- Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
- Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
- The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
- As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.
- Plan, design and execute complex research studies, procedures and protocols.
- Participate in discovery projects.
- Coordinate research study activities; lead and manage projects.
- Oversee organization, synthesis and analysis of data and findings.
- Prepare scientific reports, outcome findings and scientific manuscripts.
- Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff in which you will evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, and design and evaluate lab procedures.
- Maintain supplies, may require negotiation with vendors, and track purchase orders.
- May oversee the work of laboratory personnel including training and development as well as daily work direction, delegation and establishing priorities.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
Required knowledge: mathematics, statistics, documentation, records management, data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills
Skills and abilities: Computational and programming skills for software development
Building: Marquette University – Cramer Hall
Reports to (Title): Principal Investigators, Program Director
Direct Reports (Titles): None
Collaborates with (Titles): Engineers, Graduate Students
Minimum Required Education: PhD in a scientific field
Minimum Required Experience: None
Preferred Education: PhD in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, software development, computational neuroscience, computer science or related field
Preferred Experience: EEG acquisition, processing, and analysis. Must be proficient in MATLAB.
Field: Biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, software development, computational neuroscience, computer science or related field
Grade Name NULL
Full-Time Equivalent 1.0
FLSA Status Exempt
FLSA Test Learned Professional
Workweek Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.