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Postdoc - Postural control of gait and balance in neurological disorders

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  • Postdoc - Postural control of gait and balance in neurological disorders

    We are recruiting one postdoctoral fellow to work on NIH and Department of Defense (DoD) funded projects. The postdoctoral fellow will work in the Balance Disorders Laboratory (Neurology Department at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR) and the PI’s for the projects are Fay Horak, Laurie King and Brett Fling.

    Training is available in multiple domains including postural control of balance and gait in parkinsonism (Dr. Horak) traumatic brain injury (Dr. King), and neuroimaging of the relevant locomotor neural circuitry (Dr. Fling).

    Projects --
    Three projects are currently available:
    1) Parkinsonism and Posture Control (PI: Fay Horak): This project will characterize gait and balance impairments in patients with Frontal Gait Disorders compared to idiopathic Parkinson’s disease using body-worn inertial sensors before and after a Cognitive-Agility exercise program.
    2) Traumatic Brain injury and Posture Control (PI: Laurie King) This project aims to a) test central and peripheral dysfunction of balance and gait in people after traumatic brain injury (using inertial sensors and force plate analysis) and b) test the efficacy of a novel audio biofeeedback device for rehabilitation after brain injury.
    3) MR-based Neuroimaging of Posture Control (PI:Brett Fling) The objectives of this project are to explore how objective measures of balance and gait in people with Parkinsonism are associated with abnormal functional and structural connectivity within the brain’s locomotor network, by using resting state functional imaging (fcMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).

    Eligibility --
    The candidate should possess a PhD in a relevant discipline such as biomedical engineering, rehabilitation science or engineering, or biomechanics. Experience with conducting research on human subjects, advanced skills in inertial sensors signal processing, and evidence of establishing a track record of journal publications are preferred.
    The position is available immediately and the position will stay open until a suitable candidate is identified. The funding for this position is available for 3 years.

    Funding Notes --
    Salary is commensurate with your experience and the NIH post-doctoral salary scale.

    Contact --
    If you wish to discuss your suitability for this position or have any questions you can email:
    Dr. Martina Mancini: