Posted: March 12, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Overview: The Department of Neurosciences at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow to support federally-funded projects exploring novel neuromodulation approaches for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. The position forms part of an interdisciplinary, transition-driven program that brings together neuroscientists, biomedical engineers, as well as physician-scientists from the Center for Neurological Restoration and the Department of Radiology within the number two-ranked hospital in the United States. The neuroscience research community at Cleveland Clinic spans the research and clinical institutes and includes neuroscientists, biomedical engineers, physicists, mathematicians, geneticists, molecular biologists, and physician-scientists. Investigators within the neuroscience community are supported by one of the top and largest clinical neurological institutes in the country, comprised of more than 200 medical and surgical specialists dedicated to the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Neuroscience research is supported by state-of-the-art molecular biology labs, small and large animal neurophysiology labs, small-animal MRI, the largest single-center repository of human intracranial electrophysiology data bank from patients with epilepsy (subdural grids and SEEG depth electrodes), and one of the most active and integrated neuromodulation centers in the country. Exceptional collaboration possibilities between laboratory and clinical scientists, and access to large populations of patients, provide a unique opportunity for translational investigations.
Responsibilities: The successful applicant will participate in research that combines serial assessments of motor and cognitive function with an invasive, deep brain stimulation (DBS)-based approach to modulating cerebellar-cortical interactions for the purpose of enhancing rehabilitation in a rodent model of traumatic brain injury. The experimental approach also includes applying electrophysiological- and imaging-based metrics of neural activity in order to further characterize therapeutic mechanisms. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 1) Collection and analyses of electrophysiological data sets, including sensorimotor, behavioral and cognitive data; 2) Implementation of analysis methods based off of widely-available open-source packages for analysis of brain recordings; and 3) Development and implementation of new experimental paradigms.
Requirements: The position requires a highly creative, motivated and independent individual with a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, neurophysiology, biomedical engineering, signal processing, psychological sciences, or related fields. Strong laboratory and experimental research experience should be evidenced through a record of relevant publications and, ideally, include experience in some combination of rodent behavior, stereotaxic surgery, or in vivo electrophysiology. Programming skill, and experience with Matlab in particular, is desirable.
Please send your curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references to Dr. Kenneth Baker, Department of Neurosciences, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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