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10-31-2006, 01:51 AM

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Motor Control
Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory
Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Northwestern University

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available immediately in the Human
Sensorimotor Neurophysiology Laboratory of the Department of Physical
Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University. The Fellow
will be involved in a NIH RO1 supported project examining the control of
repetitive finger movements in patients with Parkinson's disease. The
project will examine the relationship between treatment-induced changes in
motor behavior and alternations in movement-related cerebral potentials.
High resolution EEG recordings and MRI-based source reconstruction
techniques, combined with multi-channel EMG, kinematic and kinetic measures
of movement performance, will be used to assess the changes in cortical
activity mediating alterations in movement control. In addition, local
field potential recordings will be obtained from electrodes implanted in
the subthalamic nucleus of patients who have undergone stereotactic
neurosurgery for the implantation of deep brain stimulators.

Candidates must have a strong background in signal processing, preferably
in the MatLab environment, and must be familiar with frequency domain (e.g.
coherence) analysis of EEG or related signals. A doctoral training
background in the movement sciences (kinesiology, biomedical engineering,
neurophysiology) is preferred and familiarity with data collection
procedures in patients with movement disorders would be a strong asset.

The laboratory is located at the downtown Chicago campus of Northwestern
University, right on the famous Magnificent Mile of Michigan Ave., and
adjacent to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute
of Chicago. Northwestern University has a long history of expertise in the
area of motor control and currently has a large critical mass of faculty
who are renowned for their work in motor cortical, cerebellar and basal
ganglia physiology, biomechanics, brain machine interfaces and
rehabilitation. The Department of Physical Therapy and Human Sciences has
two high-resolution EEG laboratories, dedicated facilities for image and
data processing, and world-class laboratories for examining the
biomechanics and motor control of posture, balance and locomotion.

Send CV, cover letter stating professional objectives/interests, and three
references to: Colum D. MacKinnon, Department of Physical Therapy and Human
Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University,
645 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, Illinois 60611 Tel: (312)
908-6792 Fax: (312) 908-0741 E-Mail: c-mackinnon@northwestern.edu

Colum MacKinnon PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
645 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611

Tel: (312) 908-6792
Fax: (312) 908-0741