Feb 08, 2021
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
New York, NY, USA
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery seeks a Postdoctoral Research
Scientist to study paired brain and spinal cord electrical stimulation to
promote recovery of movement following central nervous system injury. The
project employs electrophysiology to test hypotheses about how to
strengthen sensorimotor integration in the spinal cord. We are also
developing and testing a closed loop system for applying spinal cord
stimulation based on levels of brain activity from movement intent. The
successful applicant will be motivated to understand the systems-level
mechanisms of a powerful neuromodulation paradigm developed recently in
the laboratory. In addition, the project involves viral manipulation of neural
circuits, anatomical tracing imaged with tissue clearing, and novel assays of
skilled forelimb function.
These and many other skills and cutting-edge techniques will be taught to
the successful candidate. The scientist will join a dynamic and growing group
of 9 investigators in the Movement Recovery Laboratory led by Jason Carmel, MD, PhD at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. All projects use activity-based therapies, especially
electrical stimulation, to promote neurological recovery after injury.
Compensation includes NIH scale salary and Columbia University benefits. A
commitment of at least 2 years of full-time work is required; the term may be
renewable. Management responsibilities may be included for a strong
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