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Research Assistant - Robotic Control and Motion Tracking of the Upper Extremity (Elkins Park, PA)

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  • Research Assistant - Robotic Control and Motion Tracking of the Upper Extremity (Elkins Park, PA)

    The Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an opening for a Research Assistant (RA) beginning in the fall of 2020. Under the direction of Amanda Therrien, PhD, the laboratory studies how interactions between the sensory and motor systems contribute to the learning and control of movement. This research involves a combination of behavioral assessment, using robotic and optical motion tracking, and computational modeling approaches. The RA will learn to design scientific experiments and write experimental control software for passive kinematics recording and active robotic perturbations of the upper extremity, as well as collect and analyze clinical and behavioral data from neurologically healthy individuals and patients with neurologic disorders (Cerebellar Ataxia, Stroke). Additionally, the RA will assist with the composition of manuscripts for publication and presentations at scientific meetings. MRRI is internationally recognized for research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, and the position offers competitive salary and benefits (medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement).

    Position Responsibilities:
    • Read, understand, and assist in designing experimental protocols
    • Program experiment control software in Python, C++ and Matlab/Simulink
    • Recruit, schedule, consent, and test participants according to experimental protocols
    • Conduct experiments, including operation of related hardware and software
    • Process and analyze acquired data with MATLAB/Python and R scripts as directed by PI
    • Assist in conducting literature reviews, compiling references, writing manuscripts, and creating posters
    • Track and manage data collection and subject participant information by Excel and paper filing systems as specifically required by the Internal Review Board.

    Requirements for Applicants:
    • B.S. or M.S. in Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Kinesiology, or a closely related discipline.
    • Proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: MATLAB/Simulink, C++, Python
    • Interest in understanding human motor behavior and the brain.
    • Excellent organization, interpersonal, and communication skills.

    Preferences for Applicants:
    • Prior research/clinical experience or training.
    • Experience and/or knowledgeable in statistics.

    To apply, please email the following to Dr. Therrien (
    1. Cover Letter
    2. C.V. or Resume
    3. Contact Information for 3 References

    Dr. Amanda Therrien
    Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
    50 Township Line Rd.
    Elkins Park, PA, 19027
    Phone: 2015-663-6329

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    Update: This position has been filled.