NIH funded postdoctoral position at Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Funding for: US or International postdoctoral fellows
Funding amount: up to $55,000 per year (plus fringe benefits, 32.3%) Hours: Full Time
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to conduct an NIH-funded research on biomechanics and neural spinal control of limb coordination during quadrupedal locomotion. The work will be performed in the laboratory of Dr. Boris I. Prilutsky at Georgia Institute of Technology. The goals of the project are to develop a detailed musculoskeletal model of the cat forelimbs, integrate it with the previously developed neuromechanical model of hindlimbs and spinal neural circuitry, and conduct computational studies to characterize the role of motion- related somatosensory feedback in limb coordination. The results of this project will have important implications for diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord injury. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with neurophysiologists (PI Dr. Alain Frigon, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada) and computational neuroscientists (PI Dr. Ilya A. Rybak, Drexel University, USA).
The candidate should have a background in physics, biomedical or mechanical engineering or related field, be proficient in C++ programming and have working experience in developing musculoskeletal models and forward dynamics computer simulations. The applicant must have excellent writing and communication skills and be able to work independently as well as a team member. Knowledge of basic neuroscience and neurophysiology of movement is a plus. The candidate is expected to know basic data analysis, statistical and processing methods that include principal component analysis, cluster analysis, non-negative matrix factorization, uncontrolled manifold analysis and optimization.
As a member of the School of Biological Sciences the successful candidate will benefit from participating in research seminars and other research related activities in the School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Tech campus, Emory University School of Medicine, and Georgia State University. Georgia Tech is a very dynamic and exciting research university; it was ranked 5th among US public universities in 2020. The University is located in the heart of Atlanta, a vibrant and culturally-rich city, which is in close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains (2-hour drive), the Atlantic Ocean (4-hour drive) and the Gulf of Mexico (5-hour drive).
To apply, please email Dr. Boris I. Prilutsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) a statement of interest, CV and contact information for 3 references. Screening of candidates will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.