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02-05-2010, 05:23 AM
Post-doctoral Fellowships in Neuro-Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the
Kessler Foundation Research Center

The Kessler Foundation Research Center (West Orange, New Jersey) is
recruiting three postdoctoral fellows for its ARRT Center on
Neuro-Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. These fellowships are funded by an
Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) grant from the National
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). One
position will be open in April 2010, and the remaining two positions
will be opening in summer 2010. Each of the fellowships awarded within
the ARRT Center is expected to last for a two year term.

Primary mentorship for these fellowships is provided by the scientists
of the Kessler Foundation Research Center’s Rehabilitation Engineering
(REAL) and Human Performance and Motion Analysis (HPMAL) laboratories.
Co-mentorship is available from scientists in the Research Center’s
other laboratories, as well as externally from the many affiliates and
collaborators as described below. Applicants are encouraged to visit the
Research Center’s website ( http://www.kesslerfoundation.org/research/ )
to learn about the missions, activities, and resources of the Center and
its laboratories. Research training is individualized and
multidisciplinary, and emphasizes the formulation and execution of one
or more research projects.

Current research areas of high priority are:

* Treatment and image-based evaluation in musculoskeletal conditions
such as osteoarthritis
* Rehabilitation methods and assistive devices for recovery of
ambulation after stroke
* Topics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, including
musculoskeletal atrophy, neuroplasticity, electrical stimulation, and
activity-based rehabilitation models

Within or beyond these focus areas, inquiries and applications from
well qualified applicants specializing in medical rehabilitation
research for adults in stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain
injury, and musculoskeletal disease populations are welcome. Qualifying
candidates must have an earned doctorate in biomedical engineering,
biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, kinesiology, or a related
field. Strong candidates will have prior experience in performing
research studies in human subjects, as well as some history of
publication and presentation of original research. Additional desirable
skills and experience include: knowledge of statistical data analysis,
ability to independently develop processing methods for data analysis
(using for example Matlab or Labview), experience with motion analysis,
experience with medical imaging, and excellent written communication

The Kessler Foundation Research Center is a division of Kessler
Foundation, a public charity that advances its mission of improving the
lives of people with disabilities through research and grant-making
programs. The Kessler Foundation Research Center currently has
approximately 70 dedicated research staff and is collocated with the
renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New
Jersey. Numerous research collaborations exist between the scientific
staff of the Kessler Foundation and the clinical staff of Kessler
Institute. The Kessler Foundation Research Center enjoys additional
close collaborations with partners at the New Jersey Institute of
Technology, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey, Seton Hall
University, New York University, and the University of Delaware.

Administration of the ARRT fellowships occurs under the Department of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School in Newark. As such,
fellows enjoy the benefits and academic resources available to all
post-doctoral fellows at the Medical School. Fellows may also be
recommended for an academic appointment at the rank of Instructor.

Initial and informal inquiries about the fellowships may be directed by
email to:

Peter Barrance, Ph.D.
Neuro-Musculoskeletal ARRT Project Director, Kessler Foundation
Research Center

Applicants for fellowships should refer to the “Neuro-Musculoskeletal
ARRT Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Opportunity”, and forward

* Letter of application
* Curriculum Vitae
* One page statement of research interests

by email to: career@kesslerfoundation.org

or by mail to:

Kessler Foundation, Attn: Human Resources
300 Executive Drive, Suite 150
West Orange, NJ 07052-3390

Letters of recommendation: At the time of application, candidates
should request letters of recommendation from three current or former
professional associates to be mailed to the Project Director (address
above). Alternatively, applicants may enclose sealed letters of
recommendation with mailed applications.

Due to limitations in resources, we regret that only candidates whose
applications are brought forward by the fellowship committee will be

In addition to citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent residents
of the US, non-immigrants are eligible to apply provided they can be
lawfully employed in the U.S.


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