Job Announcement

The Department of Health Science and Research, chaired by Steve Kautz, PhD, is searching for two faculty members at open rank to join a dynamic and growing Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Populations program within the College of Health Professions at Medical University of South Carolina in beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina. We are searching for investigators to join a research focus area in theory-based measurement and treatment of persons with neurologic impairments, with current strengths in the post-stroke and spinal cord injured populations ( Our studies of measurement and treatment are based on developing a theoretical framework for normal and impaired mechanisms of both control of movement and acquisition of motor behavior. We are particularly interested in researchers with innovative ideas and approaches in the areas of upper extremity function and rehabilitation; motor learning; balance and falls; dual-task paradigms; health outcomes; and social integration and vocational rehabilitation. However, all areas of neurorehabilitation will be considered. Candidates must possess a PhD in rehabilitation sciences, bioengineering or a related field. Secondary academic appointments with teaching opportunities are available for qualified applicants, with current members of the research group also holding joint appointments in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Bioengineering. There are also strong collaborations with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and applicants interested in a joint VA research appointment are strongly encouraged to apply (need not be a current VA investigator).

Substantial resources are available for performing innovative research in neurorehabilitation. While the research program is based on the concept of shared common core resources, there are start-up funds and available space (more than 1300 additional square feet) to establish new laboratories as needed. Currently, there are five primary state of the art laboratory facilities, which include:

Upper Extremity Motor Function Laboratory: Aims at developing, refining and implementing cutting edge, theoretically grounded, rehabilitation interventions to improve functional upper extremity motor recovery after neurologic injury/disease. This 762 square foot lab includes one room for neuromechanical assessment and two separate rooms for treatment. This Lab is equipped with an 8 camera 3-D Motion Capture System (PhaseSpace, Inc.), a 16 Channel EMG System, two AMTI force plates for assessment of ground reaction forces during standing reach, ActiGraph Upper Extremity Activity Accelerometers, and Advanced Statistical Analysis Software Programs to perform Item Response Theory and Structural Equation Modeling.

Locomotor Energetics and Assessment Laboratory: Evaluates neurologically injured subjects during walking in a safe environment while taking complex and accurate measurements. These measurements are intended to provide insight into the control mechanism of persons with stroke and spinal cord injury and are then to be related to clinically practical measurements that do not require high cost equipment. The laboratory is also intended to provide post processing capabilities to accommodate diverse application of the data to various studies. Cutting edge instrumentation in this 1379 square foot Lab includes: a 12 camera motion capture system (PhaseSpace, Inc.); Instrumented Split Belt Treadmill (Bertec, Inc.) with incline; custom-made system for balance perturbation during treadmill walking (Aretech); 16 channel EMG system; Body Weight Support for treadmill walking; Metabolic cart (Quark CPET, Cosmed) with integrated 12-lead ECG (Quark C12x, Cosmed) for measurement of physiologic performance; and a variety of other specialized instrumented measurement equipment.

Locomotor Rehabilitation Laboratory: Is designed to offer a full range of locomotor interventions for those with impaired walking secondary to neurologic injury. The overall goal is to understand and improve clinical decision making relative to locomotor interventions. This 808 square foot laboratory houses a ZeroG mobile body weight support system (only the 6th one installed nationally) designed to create a permissive environment for retraining walking ability over a treadmill (customized Woodway split-belt treadmill with integrated therapist seating) and also over level ground, environmental obstacles, up a set of several steps, or even on exercise equipment such as a Precor elliptical trainer. Additional equipment include a Shuttle System lower extremity exercise machine for training cardiovascular endurance as well as lower extremity strength and power; step activity monitors; accelerometric, gyroscopic and inertial sensor systems; and Gaitrite Platinum instrumented walkway for spatiotemporal measurements and M2 system for spatiotemporal measurement of mobility tasks other than straight line walking.

Neuromuscular Assessment Laboratory: Investigates the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying abnormal muscle function, including influence of disease processes and rehabilitative interventions on muscle architecture. The 914 square foot laboratory is equipped with a diagnostic ultrasound machine (GE Logiq i), a Biodex Pro System 4 isokinetic dynamometer to assess muscular performance, 8 channel EMG system (Motion Lab Systems), multi-gym, and various other exercise equipment.

The research program has a very close collaboration with the JCAHO certified Primary Stroke Center of Excellence directed by Robert Adams, MD, which is part of a large stroke and cerebrovascular disease program. He provides enthusiastic support to rehabilitation research and has a large research infrastructure in the Stroke Center. About 800 patients per year are admitted to MUSC with some type of stroke. The Stroke Center conducts innovative clinical trials throughout the state as well as through national networks, and offers remote urgent consultations through a new Web-based system that allows virtual examination of patients and CAT scans at community medical centers across the state. The neurorehabilitation research program and the Stroke Center of Excellence work together to facilitate recruitment of subjects; provide medical consultation for rehabilitation researchers; build databases containing behavioral, neuromechanical, neurological and outcomes information; and to perform innovative stroke rehabilitation research projects.

The Rehabilitation Research program in Neurological Populations within the College of Health Professions also includes a well-established research focus on risk assessment and prevention of adverse outcomes. Directed by James Krause, PhD, this area includes projects delineating risk of morbidity and mortality related to psychological, behavioral, environmental, and health factors, predominantly with the spinal cord injured population. Dr. Krause currently holds two federally funded centers including the Center for health outcomes research among underserved populations and rehabilitation research and training Center on secondary conditions and spinal cord injury. Applications from investigators that would collaborate with researchers in this focus area are encouraged.

The Medical University of South Carolina is a research intensive university with an academic health center. In FY2009, MUSC faculty received grants and contracts totaling more than $217 million. Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) increased to $103.3 million. Last year the College of Health Professions was ranked #9 in the country in total funding for like colleges. The College of Health Professions also hosts a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science, which is an interdisciplinary post baccalaureate degree program with concentrations in Pathology and Impairment, Functional Limitations, and Health Services. The concentration areas encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between students and faculty and train team scientists to approach complex disorders and conditions from a cross-discipline and cross-system perspective. Faculty with a Bioengineering background can also recruit PhD students from the Clemson University-MUSC Bioengineering program.

Questions regarding the positions (not the application process) and College of Health Professions Research can be directed to:

Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris
Chair, Search Committee

Applications must be submitted online to Job Req #046120 at along with a letter describing qualifications and curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. Questions concerning the application process may be directed to:

Marisah Daniels, MHA
College of Health Professions
Department of Health Sciences and Research

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Posted by:

Steve Kautz, PhD
Chair and Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Research
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC


Research Career Scientist
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Charleston, SC