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Post-doc in Neural Engineering/Clinical Neurophysiology/Rehabilitation (Miami, FL)

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  • Post-doc in Neural Engineering/Clinical Neurophysiology/Rehabilitation (Miami, FL)

    Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU @ I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

    The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) at Florida International University is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate position in the lab of Dr. Laura Miller McPherson in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. McPherson’s lab studies interactions between the cardiovascular/autonomic and motor systems during postural control in healthy individuals and those with stroke. The lab takes a multi-modal approach to studying these relationships, using motor unit decomposition from high-density surface EMG, continuous blood pressure, force plates, motion analysis, and statistical signal processing techniques.

    Candidates should have a PhD in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biomechanics, kinesiology, or related field. The successful candidate will join a growing interdisciplinary lab group comprised of students in biomedical engineering as well as the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. They will receive mentorship in conducting research that combines a strong understanding of physiology with quantitative approaches to generate findings to inform the development of physical therapy interventions.

    Experience in any of the following areas is preferred but not required:

    - Postural control research
    - Analysis of cardiovascular signals
    - Analysis of motor unit behavior
    - Data acquisition/instrumentation

    Strong candidates should have:

    - Expertise in signal analysis and other quantitative experimental approaches
    - Proficiency in Matlab
    - Excellent writing and oral presentation skills
    - The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
    - Motivation to learn about new experimental approaches as well as the field of rehabilitation

    Salary and rank are competitive and commensurate with experience.

    Qualified candidates should apply at and attach a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted as determined by the hiring manager. To receive full consideration, application and required materials must be received by 3/1/2016. Application review will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date will be no later than Summer 2016. For more information, contact Dr. Laura McPherson at ph. (305) 348-2265 or by email at:

    Laura Miller McPherson, PT, DPT, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Physical Therapy
    Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street
    Miami, FL 33199