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  • Postdoctoral Position in Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience

    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience
    Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
    College of Health and Human Performance
    University of Florida

    The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience (, located in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Performance, at the University of Florida seeks a candidate for a NIH funded postdoctoral position in motor neuroscience using functional MRI, diffusion imaging, iron imaging, and EEG. The specific focus of the research is to investigate how the brain changes longitudinally in patients with Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinsonism.

    QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have a Ph.D. in motor control, bioengineering, neuroscience, psychology, or related field. Expertise in using fMRI, diffusion imaging, and/or EEG is highly desirable. Experience with neuroimaging analyses, ability to work with patients with movement disorders, and/or strong evidence of writing ability will be important.

    APPLICATION: Applications must be submitted online at: and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and email address of three references. Please send inquiries to Dr. David Vaillancourt ( Application deadline date is April 15, 2012.

    LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT: The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience is lead by Drs. David Vaillancourt and Stephen Coombes. The laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Our main focus is to develop a better understanding of motor systems neuroscience and treatments for motor disorders in humans. There is 3000 square foot of space within the laboratory supporting an EEG lab, Pain lab, and Motor Neuroscience lab. In addition, there is office space dedicated to the personnel working with the group and dedicated for computing and printing, software and hardware development, and scientific meetings amongst collaborators. The laboratory is less than 1 mile from the AMRIS facility which is located in the McKnight Brain Institute where the 3T research dedicated Phillips magnet is housed. We also have excellent collaborations with the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration co-directed by Drs. Michael Okun and Kelly Foote.

    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA: The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida It is known to be a progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse community, 85 miles from the Georgia border, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It has abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies, lakes and opportunities for many outdoor activities. Most of the year, temperatures are moderate. Summers are sunny skies, warm temperatures during the day and cool breezes at night. In 1977 Gainesville was named Florida Tree City of the Year and in 2007, the National Geographic Magazine ranked it as one of the top cities in the U.S. to work and play. The campus includes a full range of academic disciplines with strong research programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, and Engineering, among others. It has an excellent public school system, with a number of high schools ranked highly in the Florida system. The International Baccalaureate program at Eastside High School has been ranked as one of the top 5 in the country by Newsweek Magazine.

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Minorities, women, and those from other underserved groups are encouraged to apply. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-7056 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).