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  • Post-Doctoral Position in Neural Engineering, Motor Control, and Biomechanics

    The Rehab Neural Engineering Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking highly qualified and motivated individuals for a post-doctoral research position in sensorimotor neural interface development for prosthetic limb control. The post-doctoral research fellow will be working closely with an interdisciplinary team of neural engineers, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, computer scientists, and prosthetists. With the supervision and support from the faculty investigators, the postdoctoral research fellow is expected to take a leadership role and work independently in experiment design, data collection, data analysis, and paper publication. He/she will be encouraged to develop independent research projects/expertise and develop individual fellowship grant proposals. There will be opportunities to closely interact with multiple faculty investigators from clinical, engineering, and basic science departments across both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses. The position involves the following research areas:
    · Pre-clinical testing of sensory stimulation and EMG decoding as a model for closed-loop prosthetic limb control
    · Clinical testing of spinal root stimulation in amputees to restore sensation in the hand and forearm
    · Clinical testing of EMG decoding algorithms for prosthetic control in able-bodied individuals and amputees
    · Preparation of regulatory documentation to support FDA-regulated clinical trials

    The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:
    · A recently completed PhD or equivalent degree in biomedical engineering or a related field
    · Deep knowledge of peripheral sensorimotor neurophysiology
    · Experience with collecting, processing, and analyzing EMG and kinematic data
    · Experience with neural stimulation and design/testing of neural interfaces
    · Expertise with Matlab and/or LabVIEW software packages
    · Experience with clinical trials and testing of neuroprosthetic devices
    · Evidence of scholarship; e.g. peer-reviewed publications
    Alternatively, exceptional candidates with more traditional engineering backgrounds in robotics or electrical engineering may be considered if they have an interest in a neural engineering research career.

    The successful applicant will be joining a multidisciplinary team including scientists, engineers, and clinicians to design, develop, and test a cutting-edge neuroprosthesis to restore sensory function and decode motor commands for control of an advanced prosthetic limb in transradial amputees. Multiple positions are available. For more information, please contact or send a CV to Drs. Robert Gaunt (rag53@pitt.edu), Jennifer Collinger (collingr@pitt.edu), and Lee Fisher (lef44@pitt.edu).
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