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01-25-2008, 08:36 AM
Post Doctoral Scholar Position
Penn State University
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory/Biomechanics Laboratory
Departments of Kinesiology, Neurology, and Bioengineering

Description of Environment, Project, and Position:

Our research program is focused on discerning the neural mechanisms
underlying control of reaching movements in humans. We currently
employ two primary models to explore the organization of reaching
movements: Motor Lateralization in Healthy Subjects and stroke. We
explore control mechanisms through both empirical studies and, to a
lesser extent, through the use of simulations. We currently have 4
experimental set-ups that employ a virtual reality environment
designed and programmed by Dr. Sainburg. One of our systems is
interfaced with an MIT MANUS robotic manipulandum, which allows the
application of programmed forces during movements. All set-ups are
equipped with 3-D multiple segment motion tracking and surface EMG

We are currently expanding our projects to explore how basic control
and learning mechanisms might interact with recovery in stroke. We
have developed a laboratory in the Clinical Neurology Department on
our Medical Campus, and have an active collaboration with Kathleen
Haaland at the New Mexico VA, where we have been examining stroke
patients. I have a professional background and strong interest in
medical rehabilitation, and many of our projects have implications for
rehabilitation science.

Our laboratory is currently supported by NIH, and receives partial
support through the Veteranís Administration and the Pennsylvania
State Department of Health. The current position is supported by an
NIH R01 Grant, focused on the neural mechanisms that underlie motor
lateralization. This position has a minimum 2 year commitment. My goal
for this position is to prepare the individual for a competitive
career in academic science. Three main objectives are: 1) To expand
and enhance skills in data acquisition and analysis 2) To expand
scientific reporting skills and to publish several high quality
articles 3) To become familiar with the process of scientific
grantsmanship and to develop grant writing skills. The successful
applicant will participate in ongoing experiments and in the
development of new projects.


The Penn State Department of Kinesiology houses a world class program
in Biomechanics and Motor Control, and provides an intellectually
stimulating and scientifically fertile environment in which to learn.
Several excellent seminars in Neuroscience, Biomechanics and Motor
Control, and Bioengineering attract prominent scientists from around
the globe. We often have international visiting scientists, and have
frequent scientific and social interactions between and within
laboratories. Our laboratory has interactions and occasional
collaborations with the laboratories of Mark Latash, Dagmar Sternad,
David Rosenbaum, Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Steve Piazza, among many others.
We also have a great time in less formal, social get-togethers to
celebrate and discuss science.

If you are interested in applying, please send me an email explaining
your interest and background and contact information.

Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Neurology
Graduate Programs in Bioengineering and Neuroscience
Co-Director Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, Huck Institutes
of Life Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802
Tel.: (814)-865-7938//Fax: (814)-8634755