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  • Rehab Robotics Post-doc at NIH

    We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual to apply for a post-doctoral research position in rehabilitation robotics and biomechanics at the NIH. The position involves application of non-invasive brain imaging, including electroencephalography (EEG) and/or Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), during different motor tasks in children and adults with developmental brain injury and healthy volunteers. These neuroimaging data are collected in our biomechanics laboratory which includes a 3D motion capture system, in ground force plates, an instrumented treadmill, and a wireless surface EMG system. The ideal candidate should possess:
    · A recently completed PhD in biomedical, mechanical, or electrical engineering, biomechanics, kinesiology or a related field.
    · Expertise collecting, processing, and analyzing EEG or NIRS data or relevant expertise that would enable them to learn these skills in a short time period.
    · Experimental experience collecting motion capture and/or other biomechanical measurements from human subjects.
    · Expertise in data collection, signal processing, and data analysis using Matlab (or other) software.
    · Familiarity with principles of human-machine interaction, including advanced instrumentation, sensors, and feedback control.
    · An understanding of human motor control.
    · Evidence of scholarship; e.g. peer-reviewed publications.
    · Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

    The postdoctoral fellow would be working with a team of scientists, engineers and clinicians to study and develop new interventions for motor training, including device-augmented approaches (exoskeletons and exercise devices). He/she would receive mentorship and training in collecting and processing neuroimaging data while also aiding in development of novel applications of these techniques. The fellow would participate in data interpretation and dissemination both as a lead author on a specific aspect of the project and as a scientific collaborator on the research team.
    This individual would report directly to Dr. Diane Damiano, Chief of the Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center, but will be primarily supervised by Dr. Thomas Bulea, a Staff Scientist in the Section. This position is guaranteed for one year with the potential of lasting up to three years. The expected start date is summer 2014. For further information or consideration, please contact or send a current resume to Dr. Damiano at or Dr. Bulea at