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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 ( with inquiries or to apply.

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Dear Prof.
    I have recently graduated in the field of applied mathematics (biomedical branch) at Yazd University (YU), Yazd, Iran. I am writing to inquire about the possibility of obtaining this postdoctoral position in your laboratory.
    My graduate Ph.D. study and the other works of mine have focused on Design of Deep Brain Stimulation Feedback Control for Rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease. During my carrier as a student in YU, I have published more than 4 papers in these areas.
    I have become very interested in some related fields such as:
    • System Biology
    • Control Engineering, Optimal Control & Intelligent Control
    • Modelling & System Identification
    • Neuroscience
    • Biomedical Engineering.
    I believe the postdoctoral position in your lab provides me a good situation with the support and challenge for which I am looking as I continue my study in System Biology.
    I have provided a CV which is enclosed in the attachment. The contact information for three references is the professors Seyed Mehdi Karbassi ( ; Yazd University), Mehran Emadi Andani ( ; University of Isfahan) and Iman Izadi ( ; Isfahan University of Technology).
    Sincerely Yours,
    Korosh Rouhollahi

    Mob: +98 913 2010115

    1. Dear Korosh,

      Thank you very much for your comment!
      Please contact Terry Sanger ( with inquiries or to apply.
      This website is not monitored by the job poster for applications.

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  2. Hello dear prof
    I’m Tayebeh visiting scholar on motor learning in Indiana University
    I’m a member of investigate team also
    And I would like get a post doc position in this field

    1. Hi Tayebeh,
      Please e-mail the professor directly at the e-mail indicated on the job posting, as these comments are not monitored by the poster of the ad.
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