Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
90% Research duties: Data collection, analysis, method development, publication of results in manuscripts and conference abstracts
5% Career Development: Professional skills, leadership training, technical skills development
5% Travel: Attending/presenting at local/national/international conferences
About the Job: The Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota invites applications to fill a Post-doctoral associate position in the Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC). Candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, with a record of outstanding training in control systems engineering, biomedical engineering, systems neuroscience or related engineering/science field are encouraged to apply.
Under the direction of Dr. David Escobar, Ph.D., the successful applicant will be expected to work collaboratively within the NMRC on clinical studies focused on the development of closed-loop DBS therapies for Parkinson’s disease patients. The goal of this project is to study feedback control strategies aimed to modulate neural activity associated with Parkinson’s disease in human subjects. Results from this study will provide a better understanding of the relationship between neural oscillations and motor function in Parkinson’s disease and will inform the development closed-loop DBS therapies. The applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in clinical research studies with patients receiving DBS implants, design methodologies to modulate neural activity using real-time systems, and analyze data collected from Parkinson’s disease subjects.
The NMRC is an NIH-funded research program, directed by Dr. Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D., 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.
The NMRC offers a collaborative and translationally focused training and work environment. It resides under the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine and collaborates across multiple departments including Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 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.
PhD in engineering with a focus on feedback control systems
Experience in the implementation of real-time control systems for real world applications
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
Strong record of presenting research results through publications and conference abstracts
Experience in the collection and analysis of bio-signals and neural data
Practical experience in system identification and mathematical modeling of dynamical systems
Background in neuroscience and neurophysiology
Internal Number: 328604
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