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    The Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a Post-doctoral associate position from candidates with a Ph.D., a M.D., or equivalent degree, with a record of outstanding training in biomedical engineering, computational neuroscience, systems neuroscience or related engineering/science field. The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC), directed by Professor Jerrold Vitek, M.D. Ph.D., is an NIH-funded research program studying the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease, novel applications of deep brain stimulation technology to the treatment of neurological disease, the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and motor system neurophysiology. The NMRC is part of the University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease, whose mission is to conduct clinical, multidisciplinary, translational and basic research that improves the understanding of and develops better treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease. Our goal is to obtain a better understanding of how DBS and medical therapy change brain function to improve movement in patients with PD and to apply this knowledge to optimize DBS and medical therapy for patients affected by Parkinson’s disease.

    The successful applicant will be expected to work collaboratively within the NMRC on preclinical studies using a non-human primate model of Parkinson’s disease, utilizing high density electrode arrays implanted in multiple brain regions to study how parkinsonism and therapeutic interventions (i.e. DBS, levodopa) impact neuronal network activity, and how these changes relate to the development and improvement in bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait disorders.

    The candidate should have a strong quantitative background and signal processing expertise appropriate for the analysis of neural population dynamics during motor behavior. Experience conducting behavior and neurophysiology experiments in animal models is preferred. Individuals with backgrounds in computational neuroscience and brain-machine interfaces are encouraged to apply. The candidate should have a strong record of presenting research results through publications and presentations.

    The NMRC offers a collaborative and translationally focused training and work environment and resides under the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine. The Department of Neurology is a well-balanced program with significant achievements in teaching, clinical programs and research. The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

    80% Research duties: Data collection, analysis, method development, publication of results in manuscripts, proceedings, and conference abstracts
    5% Career Development: Professional skills, leadership training, technical skills development
    10% Outreach: Patient/community outreach, Industry Partnerships
    5% Travel: Attending/presenting at local/national/international conferences

    Required qualifications
    • PhD in biomedical engineering, neuroscience or related engineering/science field
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
    • Strong record of presenting research results through publications and conference abstracts

    Preferred qualifications
    • Experience in conducting neurophysiology experiments
    • Expertise the analysis of single unit and local field potential neural signals
    • Background in analyzing large neural datasets

    How to Apply

    To apply and/or learn more, please email:

    Luke Johnson, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Neurology
    University of Minnesota


    Gregory Molnar, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Neurology
    University of Minnesota
    Last edited by Elsa Stork; March 28, 2018, 12:29 PM.