Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Neuromodulation
Focus: Augmenting skill learning with tDCS
PI: Heidi Schambra, M.D.
A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Mobilis Lab of Dr. Heidi Schambra, in the Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU. The Mobilis Lab aims to enhance motor recovery after stroke, using targeted physical training, noninvasive brain stimulation, and neuropharmacology. See http://library.med.nyu.edu/api/publications?person=schamm01 for recent publications.
We are currently studying motor skill learning in healthy controls. We aim to manipulate neural networks in the cortex and brainstem with transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS and cranial nerve stimulation) during learning and movement. We also seek mechanistic understanding of behavioral change using TMS neurophysiology. Eventually, we will extend our interventions to stroke patients undergoing quantitative training. We expect the postdoctoral fellow to lead the development of these projects.
We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic candidate with a keen interest in neuromodulation and neurophysiology of motor systems. S/he must have doctoral experience using noninvasive brain stimulation and/or motor behavioral tasks in humans. S/he must have the ability to work independently and with a collaborative interdisciplinary team, and should be comfortable working with healthy and stroke subjects. Experience with Python, Igor, optical motion tracking, movement kinematics, and/or Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
Specific responsibilities include: Subject recruitment, acquiring and processing motor learning data in human subjects, data analysis and synthesis, presenting findings at scientific meetings, writing and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, contributing to grant proposals, and mentoring students and visiting fellows.
We will support the fellow’s professional development of her/his academic research career. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to learn about wearable sensor technologies.
Interested candidates should submit (1) a CV, (2) a brief (3 pages or less) cover letter explaining research experience, interests, goals, and available start date, and (3) the names and contact information of three references familiar with the applicant’s research and academic work to Dr. Heidi Schambra at Heidi[dot]Schambra[at]nyumc[dot]org.