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.

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