POST DOC FELLOW POSITION AT PENN STATE

Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Motor Control Laboratory at Penn State

The Motor Control Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University (MCL&PSU) is looking for a young, motivated researcher to join the Laboratory and contribute to ongoing projects related to the control and coordination of human movements. The new Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to contribute primarily to studies of motor coordination in early-stage Parkinson’s disease. These studies are run in collaboration with the College of Medicine in Hershey (Dr. Xuemei Huang and her team). The studies use the framework of the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis to explore motor coordination across systems and tasks such as multi-digit pressing and prehension, multi-joint reaching, and multi-muscle standing and stepping. Help with other studies of multi-element coordination and supervision of graduate students and undergraduate interns is also expected.

A successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in an area related to motor control (Neuroscience, Movement Science, Physiology, Psychology, Engineering, Physics, etc.).

Experience with experimental studies of the human motor function as well as knowledge of

LabView and Matlab are essential.

This position is supported by NIH. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension. Salary depends on the experience.

Please, e-mail an application letter with a complete c.v. (including list of publications and the names and e-mail addresses of three colleagues who could be contacted for references) to Mark Latash (mll11@psu.edu).

POSTDOC POSITION AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

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The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory, directed by Eugene Tunik in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science at Northeastern University, is recruiting 1-2 Postdoctoral Research Associates to be involved in projects studying the neural bases of online motor control and adaptation in healthy populations and individuals with pathology. Methodologies in the lab include 3D immersive virtual reality and mixed-reality (Vizard, Worldviz) with integrated Phantom 1.5 Premium manipulandum, motion capture, tDCS/tACS/tRNS (Neuroconn), neuronavigated singled paired-pulse TMS (Brainsight and Magstim), peripheral stimulator for paired associative stimulation. State of the art 3T-MRI scanning facilities are available. The appointments are for one year with possibility of renewal, pending funding and performance. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2016, but is flexible.

A Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, bioengineering, computer science, mathematics, or psychology, with emphasis on motor control / motor learning is required. Experience with human behavioral experiments, fMRI, or EMG/TMS approaches is strongly preferred.

The candidate should have strong computational skills, proficiency in programming (MATLAB, Python, or C++), strong communication skills, and self-initiative / ability to work independently.

General inquiries can be directed to: e.tunik@northeastern.edu

TO APPLY:

Applications must be submitted to: https://neu.peopleadmin.com/postings/42732

Please submit CV, Research Statement / Cover Letter, 3 letters of references.

ISMC statement about the Executive Order on Immigration

The International Society of Motor Control (ISMC) promotes and supports fundamental research on the principles underlying the control of movements in health and disease. The society is dedicated to fostering the interaction of scientists across borders and nations. Such free and scholarly interaction is a vibrant element of the broader transnational community, whose ultimate goal is the creation of knowledge through the interaction of individuals of all genders, races, ethnicities, religious creed and political affiliation.

Stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury know no borders. Accordingly, their study, cure and treatment should also take place, unimpeded, across the world. President Trump’s executive order on immigration is a cause of great concern as it stifles and disrupts vital international interactions, which require, as a basic element, the possibility of scientists to travel without impediments. A key element in the current pursuit of science is the exchange of students and postdoctoral researchers. These young scientists are the main engine of our progress and dedicate most of their time to work 24/7 in laboratories, often away from their homes, families and friends.

The ISMC joins many academic institutions and professional societies in condemning and opposing the executive order on immigration.  The ISMC is committed to supporting and advocating for scientists that are adversely affected by the EO. As the 2017 Progress in Motor Control Meeting that is scheduled to be held in Miami is fast approaching, we will provide updates on the ISMC website and will make our best efforts to facilitate unimpeded participation by scientists of all nations to ensure that it will be held in the most supportive and collaborative international spirit.

 

Ferdinando (Sandro) Mussa-Ivaldi

President

International Society of Motor Control

POST-DOC POSITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

A funded postdoctoral position is available immediately (with start date in summer 2016) to work in Dr. Rachael Seidler’s laboratory at the University of Michigan studying brain and behavioral plasticity occurring with spaceflight and analog environments.  As one of the world’s leading research institutions, the University of Michigan 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 MRI and resting state connectivity.  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. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for two referees to Rachael D. Seidler, Ph.D. via e-mail (rseidler@umich.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

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.  Questions regarding the position can be emailed to rseidler@umich.edu.

 

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

 

 

POST-DOC POSITION AT THE UNIVERISITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Postdoctoral position in human motor learning at the University of Southern California, Department of Biomedical Engineering

 

The Sanger laboratory at the University of Southern California is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with interest in human motor learning, kinematics of movement, analysis of surface electromyography, and proprioceptive biofeedback.  The position includes close involvement in an international trial of wearable biofeedback to enhance motor learning for treatment of children with dystonia and other movement disorders.  Fellows are involved in all aspects of laboratory research, including human subjects testing, movement and EMG analysis, theoretical models of motor control, and models of brain injury and disease during development.  Fellows are provided the opportunity to conduct research in both a laboratory setting as well as a hospital setting, including the potential for involvement in intraoperative and postoperative electrophysiology in children undergoing deep-brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders. Fellows are encouraged to develop their own research projects with a view toward demonstrating superior skills needed for application for faculty positions.  Direct supervision is provided by Dr. Sanger, and access to faculty in Biomedical Engineering as well as clinical faculty at the Keck Medical Center is facilitated.

 

The Sanger laboratory at USC studies the control of normal and abnormal movement in children, with particular emphasis on understanding the nature and causes of abnormal movement in children with movement disorders.  Human-subjects research includes kinematic and noninvasive electrophysiological studies of children, including children with deep-brain stimulators.  Theoretical research includes studies of nonlinear adaptive control, large-scale spiking neuron models, and the representation of and response to risk. Current projects include experimental testing of theoretical predictions, and development and testing of noninvasive technology including wearable biofeedback, myoelectric robot interfaces, and upper-extremity exoskeletons.  Available technology includes peripheral electrical stimulation, desktop robotics, multi-channel surface EMG, single-pulse and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS and rTMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), and magnetic and optical motion capture. The laboratory is closely linked to the movement disorders clinic and surgical program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and we have active collaborations with institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

We are seeking applicants with a background in human motor control, including motion capture and kinematic analysis, surface EMG analysis, and understanding of the principles of human movement, with particular emphasis on upper extremity movement and reaching.  Because the laboratory also studies theoretical models, a background in mathematical modeling, signal processing, control theory, computational neuroscience methods, machine learning, and related fields is helpful, although not required.  Strong familiarity with Matlab(tm) is required, and knowledge of C/C++ and the R statistical package is a plus.  Knowledge of biosignal analysis, acquisition, and interfacing is also helpful.

 

The position is available immediately. Salary is competitive.  Please contact Terry Sanger (terry@sangerlab.net) with inquiries or to apply.

University of Cincinnati – Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor – Interdisciplinary (Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences, and the College of Engineering & Applied Science)

The Departments of Psychology and Biological Science in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati are jointly seeking applications for an interdisciplinary, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.  We seek a candidate whose research program complements our existing strengths in the dynamics of sensorimotor control, cognitive systems, and coordination of multiple human and/or artificial agents. A successful candidate will have expertise in complex dynamical systems, such as dynamical or computational modeling, network theory, nonlinear time series and signal processing methods, or advanced computational methods for large, complex data sets. We seek candidates who apply those or related methods to research in topical areas such as dynamical neuroscience, neuromechanics, cyber-human systems, robotics and co-robotics, integrated neural prosthetics, cyber-enhancement of sensorimotor or cognitive performance, brain-machine interfaces, or neurologically embedded biosensors.

We are interested in candidates whose training or publication record evidences the ability to bridge disciplinary boundaries and collaborate with faculty affiliated with the UC CAP Center (from home departments including Psychology, Electrical Engineering & Computing Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, and Biological Sciences). Current CAP Center faculty expertise and interests include cognitive and perceptual-motor development, embodied cognition, complex systems, dynamical and computational modeling, movement coordination, human and animal sensory processes including visual and haptic perception, social perception-action-cognition, dynamical neuroscience, biomorphic design, and cyber-human systems. A Ph.D. in a substantive area that aligns with the research topics described above is a minimum requirement for the position. A successful candidate’s training or professional experience must also indicate a strong potential or demonstrated ability to compete successfully for external funding. The candidate will be expected to conduct research, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and make service contributions to the mission of the CAP Center and department or departments of appointment. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and we hope to attract applicants who have experience in promoting the success of students from diverse backgrounds.

The University of Cincinnati values diverse perspectives and we strongly encourage women, racial/ethnic/gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. UC is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life integration. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Interested and qualified candidates must apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu and search for Requisition Number 9242.  In addition to our online application, candidates must also attach a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement as a single PDF file and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed to the search committee chair at michael.riley@uc.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on December 20, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet / Disabled.

REQ ID: 9242

University of Cincinnati – Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Departments of Psychology, Biological Sciences and the College of Engineering & Applied Science

Apply here:

The Departments of Psychology and Biological Science in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati are jointly seeking applications for an interdisciplinary, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.  We seek a candidate whose research program complements our existing strengths in the dynamics of sensorimotor control, cognitive systems, and coordination of multiple human and/or artificial agents. A successful candidate will have expertise in complex dynamical systems, such as dynamical or computational modeling, network theory, nonlinear time series and signal processing methods, or advanced computational methods for large, complex data sets. We seek candidates who apply those or related methods to research in topical areas such as dynamical neuroscience, neuromechanics, cyber-human systems, robotics and co-robotics, integrated neural prosthetics, cyber-enhancement of sensorimotor or cognitive performance, brain-machine interfaces, or neurologically embedded biosensors. 

We are interested in candidates whose training or publication record evidences the ability to bridge disciplinary boundaries and collaborate with faculty affiliated with the UC CAP Center (from home departments including Psychology, Electrical Engineering & Computing Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, and Biological Sciences). Current CAP Center faculty expertise and interests include cognitive and perceptual-motor development, embodied cognition, complex systems, dynamical and computational modeling, movement coordination, human and animal sensory processes including visual and haptic perception, social perception-action-cognition, dynamical neuroscience, biomorphic design, and cyber-human systems. A Ph.D. in a substantive area that aligns with the research topics described above is a minimum requirement for the position. A successful candidate’s training or professional experience must also indicate a strong potential or demonstrated ability to compete successfully for external funding. The candidate will be expected to conduct research, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and make service contributions to the mission of the CAP Center and department or departments of appointment. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and we hope to attract applicants who have experience in promoting the success of students from diverse backgrounds. 

The University of Cincinnati values diverse perspectives and we strongly encourage women, racial/ethnic/gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. UC is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life integration. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Interested and qualified candidates must apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu and search for Requisition Number 9242.  In addition to our online application, candiates must also attach a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement as a single PDF file and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed to the search committee chair at michael.riley@uc.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on December 20, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet / Disabled.

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MCSS-XIII in ISRAEL!

13-th MOTOR CONTROL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ISRAEL!

We invite bright, open-minded graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young professionals to apply for admission to the Motor Control Summer School # XIII (MCSS-XIII). MCSS- XIII will be a five-day event, June 21 – 25, 2016. It will include an arrival day (June 21), three days of sessions (June 22-24), and a departure day (June 25). We plan to bring together 6-10 faculty and 30-40 students selected from the pool of applicants.

The preliminary list of speakers:

Antonio Bicchi (IIT, Pisa, Italy)
Anatol Feldman (University of Montreal, Canada) Mark Latash (Penn State University, USA)
Mindy Levin (McGill University, Canada)
Monica Perez (University of Miami, USA)
Robert Scheidt (Marquette University, USA) Gregor Schöner (Rühr University, Germany)
John Rothwell (University College of London, UK)

The program will include interactive seminars led by the faculty. Students are encouraged to interrupt the speakers, ask for clarifications, and raise issues related to their own research. 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.

SITE:

We will meet in kibbutz “Tzuba” in the Judean Mountains. The kibbutz is not far from Jerusalem and also from the Ben Gurion Airport. The current rates are about $450 (approximately, based on shared rooms) for four nights including meals. Please, do not contact the kibbutz and do not make any arrangements until you get an official acceptance letter to join MCSS-XIII.

MCSS-XIII will run immediately following the http://www.bgu.ac.il/cmcw

If you would like to participate in MCSS-XIII, 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). Abstract submission is not a pre- requisite for attendance. If you have questions regarding the organization of MCSS-XIII, travel, transfers, and accommodations, please contact Dr. Dario Liebermann (dlieberm@post.tau.ac.il).

Computational Motor Control Workshop at Ben-Gurion

12th Karniel

University of the Negev, which will take place on June 19-21, 2016.

Transfers will be organized between the two sites.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 15, 2016. Earlier applications will get preference for admission. Admission decisions will be made by March 1, 2016, and those accepted will be notified by e-mail.