We invite bright, open-minded graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young professionals to apply for admission to the Motor Control Summer School # XV (MCSS-XV). MCSS-XV will be a five-day event, May 31 – June 4, 2018. It will include an arrival day (May 31), three days of sessions (June 1-3), and a departure day (June 4). We plan to bring together 6-10 faculty and 30-40 students selected from the pool of applicants.

The preliminary list of speakers:

Anatol Feldman (University of Montreal, Canada) Yuri Ivanenko (Foundation Santa Lucia, Italy) Mark Latash (Penn State University, USA)
Mindy Levin (McGill University, Canada)

Marco Santello (Arizona State University, USA) Gregor Schöner (Rühr University, Germany)
John Rothwell (University College of London, UK) Matthew Tresch (Northwestern University, USA)

The program will include interactive seminars led by the faculty. Poster sessions will run throughout the meeting including the evening hours.

Each participant will pay his/her expenses. There will be no tuition fee, and the speakers will receive no compensation for their participation. All participants will get a formal certificate of attendance to help them get reimbursed through whatever means they have at their disposal.


We will meet in Hotel “Arigone” in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The estimated rates are about US$80 per day including meals. Please, do not contact Hotel “Arigone” and do not make any arrangements until you get an official acceptance letter to join MCSS-XV .

If you would like to participate in MCSS-XV, please e-mail a letter of interest to Mark Latash (latash@psu.edu) with a single- file PDF attachment containing a statement of personal goals and a c.v. with the list of publications and presentations. If you would like to present a poster, submit a single-page abstract (PDF, font Times New Roman 12, reasonably formatted: title, names of the authors, affiliations, main text). Abstract submission is not a pre-requisite for attendance. If you have questions regarding practical issues such as travel, transfers, and accommodations, please contact Dr. Petra Bastlova (petra.bastlova@upol.cz).

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 15, 2018. Earlier applications will get preference for admission. Admission decisions will be made by March 1, 2018, and those accepted will be notified by e-mail.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology College of Health and Human Performance University of Florida

Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology College of Health and Human Performance University of Florida

Postdoctoral position in neural control of movement

A NASA-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Rachael Seidler within the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida to study brain and behavioral plasticity occurring with spaceflight and analog environments. As one of the world’s leading research institutions, the University of Florida provides an exceptionally supportive environment for research. University support includes integrated and state of the art computer technology, exceptional students and staff, and a network of world-renowned scientists. The Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory (directed by Dr. Seidler) is an interdisciplinary, productive, and dynamic group of students and staff researching the neurocognitive control of movement.

The post-doctoral researcher will study cognitive, sensory, and motor behavioral plasticity and their neural correlates using functional and structural MRI. The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with a research team to collect and analyze data, prepare manuscripts for publication, and participate at national and international level meetings. The candidate must be willing and able to travel internationally for data collection.

Necessary Qualifications: Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, kinesiology or related field and experience with MRI techniques including structural MRI, DTI, and / or functional MRI. The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be strongly motivated, and work well in a team setting. Experience with computer programming a plus (MATLAB, LabView, and / or E-Prime). The position is initially available for one year and may be renewable.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until October 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en/job/503470 and should include a cover letter describing prior research experience, current interests, and career goals along with a curriculum vita containing names of three references. Please send inquiries to: Rachael D. Seidler, PhD, at rachaelseidler@ufl.edu or phone at 352-294-1722

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-7056 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

Progress in Motor Control XII – Call for Proposals

The International Society of Motor Control (ISMC) holds its society meeting every two years. The next Progress in Motor Control (PMC) conference will be held in 2019. The ISMC will provide support to the organizers of the meeting in the form of a scientific advisory (steering) committee as well as a loan guarantee to be reimbursed at the end of the meeting. If you are interested in hosting the next meeting, please send us by August 15, 2017 a CV and a pre-proposal letter stating your interest to organize and chair the 2019 PMC conference and indicating:

  1. Host Institution(s).
  2. Conference facilities such as hotel venues and university auditoriums
  3. Potential members of the local organizing committee (with some information on their background)
  4. Possible collateral social events, such as tours of facilities, brief expeditions to places of interest etc.

The more details you can give on the above, such as expected housing costs, the better. And it would also help if you can report on preliminary expressions of support by host institutions and colleagues available to help with the organization
So far, the PMC conferences have been held in the summer months of July and August. We aim at continuing to have it in this period. But we are open to consider alternative suggestion.

The Bernstein Prize

The Bernstein Prize is the highest award of the Society. It is presented at each biennial meeting to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of the area of motor control in the spirit of Nikolai Alexandrovich Bernstein. The nomination process is supervised by the Vice-President, and the final selection is made by a vote of the Executive Committee.

Post-doc in Neural control of primate grasp – Newcastle University

Post-doc in Neural control of primate grasp

Salary: £29,301 – £38,183
Closing Date: 12 July 2017

Based in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of this project, which seeks to define the relative contributions of cortical and sub-cortical centres to different types of grasp. You will assist in behavioural training of animals and in implant surgeries, and will then gather electrophysiological recordings of neural activity during task performance. You will carry out analysis of these recordings, and then prepare publication quality figures and the first draft of manuscripts reporting the findings.

Prior experience of primate neuroscience, including behavioural training and assessment, would be an advantage but is not required.

A strong academic background to PhD level is essential, and prior knowledge of motor systems neuroscience, as well as good computational and quantitative skills would be an advantage. Excellent team skills are required to liaise with the many staff members with roles in this project, and a strong commitment to animal welfare and 3Rs.

Tenable for 3 years.

Informal enquiries to stuart.baker@ncl.ac.uk

Web site with further information and application:

PhD position: Neural mechanisms underlying the interlimb transfer of motor learning, with Dr SARLEGNA and Prof. FELICIAN in Marseille, France

PhD position: Neural mechanisms underlying the interlimb transfer of motor learning, with Dr SARLEGNA and Prof. FELICIAN in Marseille, France

We are seeking a candidate for a PhD fellowship to work in collaboration with Dr. Fabrice SARLEGNA (Institute of Movement Sciences) and Pr. Olivier FELICIAN (Institute of Systems Neuroscience) in Marseille, France. The aim of the project is to study the neural mechanisms underlying the intermanual transfer of sensorimotor adaptation. More specifically, the proposed approach is to assess the motor skills of healthy individuals and patients with lesions of the corpus callosum. Motion capture and neuroimaging techniques will be used, and in addition to providing additional fundamental knowledge, the project should contribute to a better assessment of neurological diseases and to the optimization of motor learning in the context of rehabilitation. The position is funded by the DOC2AMU program of Aix-Marseille University, the largest university in France and the Francophone world.
Detailed information about the project and its scientific rationale is available on the website:

Due to the international specifity of the DOC2AMU program, we are looking for individuals who have not been in France for more than 12 monthd in the last 3 years. Detailed information about the funding and eligibility conditions

You will be in charge of conducting research experiments on healthy individuals and neurological patients. Duties will consist in attending professional meetings, recruiting and interviewing research subjects, assisting in the design of psychophysical and neurophysiological experiments, preparing the experimental equipment and protocol, recording and analyzing data, drafting oral presentations and research manuscripts, all under the supervision of F. Sarlegna and O. Felician.
You must hold (or be in the process of completing) a Masters degree or equivalent in neuroscience or affiliated specialties such as biomedical engineering, neuropsychology, experimental psychology, human motor control… Applicants from other relevant backgrounds in engineering, physics or computing science will also be considered provided they demonstrate additional qualifications in neuroscience.
Experience with programming (e.g. Matlab), data collection and analysis (including statistics) and/or human neuroscience techniques (fMRI) is desirable. Applicants should have excellent organizational skills, be highly motivated and enjoy working in a vibrant collaborative research environment. They should be able to communicate effectively in English, with evidence of strong scientific writing skills. The ability or desire to speak French is a plus considering the experiments with patients. Critically, applicants should be passionate about using their expertise for the benefit of patients for whom cross-disciplinary science has the potential to have a positive impact.
You willl work within a team of researchers and clinicians to publish in peer-reviewed journals and disseminate your work at both national and international conferences. International mobility for conferences and coursework are covered by the DOC2AMU program, which also covers research costs and travel costs between Marseille and your place of origin. The program is funded by the the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND action within the H2020 Research and Innovation program of the European Union, by the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the A*MIDEX Foundation.

Some additional advantages
• 3-year PhD fellowship remunerated above that of a standard French PhD contract with a monthly net salary of approximately 1625€/month.
• Support in the administrative procedures.
• Reserved rooms in university housing.
• Several activities to promote integration in the local student life and cultural activities.
• French language courses covered by the fellowship.

We value diversity and welcome any application.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at fabrice.sarlegna [ chez ] univ-amu.fr
Please apply online for the position before April 8, 2017 on the DOC2AMU website which is well documented with a detailed guideline for applicants,
Best wishes,
Fabrice SARLEGNA and Olivier FELICIAN

About Aix-Marseille University:
Aix-Marseille University is in France the largest university by the number of its students, its staff and its budget. This has made Aix-Marseille University an institution of higher education and excellent research, with international ambitions.
Aix-Marseille University is multidisciplinary as it offers training in all disciplines: Arts, Literature, Languages and Humanities; Law and Political Science; Economics and Management ; Health; Science and Technology. An intensive research site in collaboration with leading organizations, AMU is one of the French sites of excellence recognized by an international jury as part of Future Investments. AMU is also among the sites labeled “Operation Campus”, with 500 million euros in capital mobilized to renovate and modernize its university campuses. AMU helps developing research, training and employability of students, while creating a privileged link with the socio-economic world.


PhD Projects in Computational Movement Neuroscience – University of Auckland

PhD Projects in Computational Movement Neuroscience

PhD funding for two positions at the University of Auckland is available from the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, in conjunction with the Movement Neuroscience Laboratory. The overall goal of this work is to develop a neuromusculoskeletal simulation of the human motor control system, incorporated into BabyX, an artificially intelligent, interactive toddler. The simulation will generate realistic human movements in response to its environment, and have layers that recreate the electrophysiological behaviour of the brain, to replicate experimental findings such as EEG, TMS, and intracortical recording and stimulation.

The funding will cover tuition fees and the standard doctoral stipend of NZ$27,000 p.a.. The work will be supervised by Dr Angus McMorland (Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Science), and co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Mark Sagar (Director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, Auckland Bioengineering Institute), Dr Mark Trew (Auckland Bioengineering Institute), and Asst. Prof. Steven Chase (Biomedical Engineering & Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University).

Applicants should have a Masters degree, Bachelors degree with Honours, or higher. This is a cross-disciplinary study and an applicant is unlikely to already have all the necessary skills, but should have experience in some of the following: neurophysiology or biomechanics (biomedical science, physiology, or exercise science), computational modelling (computer science or engineering science), or complex systems (mathematics).

Applications should include an academic transcript, statement of research interests, description of previous research, and references. Applications will be received until the positions are filled, but may go early if suitable candidates are found.

Send all correspondence to: Dr Angus McMorland a.mcmorland@auckland.ac.nz.

Post-doctoral position in sensorimotor learning and control of speech production – University of Washington


 Post-doctoral position in sensorimotor learning and control of speech production


The Laboratory for Speech Physiology and Motor Control (PI Ludo Max, Ph.D.) at the University of Washington (Seattle) announces an open post-doctoral position in the areas of sensorimotor integration and sensorimotor learning for speech production. The position will involve experimental work on both typical speech and stuttering. The lab is located in the University of Washington’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and has additional affiliations with the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Department of Bioengineering. See http://faculty.washington.edu/ludomax/lab/ for more information.
The successful candidate will use speech sensorimotor adaptation paradigms (with digital signal processing perturbations applied to the real-time auditory feedback or mechanical forces applied to the jaw by a robotic device) to investigate aspects of learning and control in stuttering and nonstuttering adults and children. In addition, the candidate will use electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques to investigate auditory-motor interactions during speech movement planning in the same populations.


The position is initially for one year (a second-year extension is possible contingent upon satisfactory performance and productivity) with a preferred starting date in the spring or early summer of 2017. Applicants should have the Ph.D. degree by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, cognitive/behavioral neuroscience, motor control/kinesiology, biomedical engineering, communication disorders/speech science, and related fields, are encouraged to apply.
We seek a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills who is strongly motivated and has substantial computer programming experience (in particular MATLAB and/or R).
For more information, please contact lab director Ludo Max, Ph.D. (LudoMax@uw.edu). Applications can be submitted to the same e-mail address. Interested candidates should submit (a) a cover letter describing their research experiences, interests, and goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as references, and (d) reprints of relevant journal publications.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities.