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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, USA): neurorehabilitation of walking post-stroke

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  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, USA): neurorehabilitation of walking post-stroke

    Location: University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

    Mentor: Kristan Leech, PhD, DPT, PT

    Position: The Gait Rehabilitation and Motor Learning (GRML) Lab, located at the University of Southern California, has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of neurorehabilitation and motor learning. The fellow will conduct research targeted to advance our understanding of gait control and rehabilitation in individuals post-stroke. The fellow will gain experience in behavioral experimental design and implementation, clinical neurorehabilitation research, human motion analysis, data analysis and interpretation, and grant writing. The applicant will be encouraged to propose and explore their own innovative research ideas.

    Research Environment: The GRML lab is housed within the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC in Los Angeles, CA. The Division is among the top ranked physical therapy (4th by US News and World Report) and kinesiology (12th by the National Academy of Kinesiology) programs in the US. It provides a highly interdisciplinary research environment, with 13 separate research laboratories conducting research in areas that include but are not limited to: infant and child development, low back pain, pelvic pain, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and aging. The fellow will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty throughout the Division – offering many opportunities to broaden their professional network.

    Qualifications: The candidate must have a strong background in biomechanics, neuroscience, physical therapy or biomedical engineering with a PhD in a related field. Technical knowledge of biophysical signal processing, motion capture, and basic computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python) is strongly preferred. The successful applicant should be highly motivated, organized, adaptable, detail-oriented, and possess strong written and verbal communication skills (as evidenced by publication record).

    This position is a full-time, two-year position. The desired start date of June 2021 may be negotiable.

    Interested candidates should email a brief cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Kristan Leech PhD, DPT, PT at

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received.