The Department of Neurosurgery seeks a talented postdoctoral research associate to study the neurophysiology of sleep in human subjects, within the combined translational research efforts of Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and Stephen Gliske, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, and Co-Director of the MEG Program, UNMC. This project is NIH-funded and represents a collaborative effort between UNMC, Stanford University (Clete Kushida, MD), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (John Thompson, PhD), University of Pennsylvania (Casey Halpern, MD), and York University (Joel Zylberberg, PhD). The focus of this position will be on the acquisition and analysis of multi-night recordings of simultaneous scalp EEG, EMG, and intracranial deep brain stimulator (DBS)-recorded local field potential (LFP) data, working at the interface of translational neuroscience, advanced signal processing, and computational physics.
The UNMC Department of Neurosurgery is comprised of eleven faculty members and has numerous close collaborations with other clinical and basic science departments. Specialized services and expertise are offered in areas of functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, complex spine and deformities, and surgical spine oncology.
As Nebraska's only public academic health sciences center, UNMC is committed to the education of a 21st century health care workforce, to finding cures and treatments for disease, providing the best care for patients, and serving Nebraska and its communities through award-winning research and clinical care.
Required qualifications for this position include a PhD in a relevant field (neural engineering, neuroscience, applied math, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, or other related field). Also required are excellent leadership, project management, and communication skills, the ability to run experiments independently, to analyze data and to plan future research direction, combined with excellent team skills. We seek a highly self-motivated, inquisitive scientist, with a track-record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
Successful candidates for the role will have experience in data analysis, be fluent in at least one programming/scripting language (e.g., MATLAB, Python, etc.), and have advanced mathematical skills. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in analysis of EEG, LFP, and/or neurostimulation.
This position is available immediately, and applicants are asked to submit a current copy of their CV, a letter of interest outlining relevant experience, as well as the contact information of three references. Applications are being accepted online at https://unmc.peopleadmin.com/postings/58506 . Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Doctorate degree in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Bioengineering or related field
2-3 years demonstrated experience with the programming/scripting language (e.g., MATLAB, Python, etc.), – such as publiched examples of work, personal web-based examples (e.g., Medium) or a public repository (e.g., Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket, etc.,).
Experience with signal processing
Experience with machine learning tools/approaches
Previous experience with human scalp-or intracranial EEG or animal intracranial electrophysiology is preferred.
Proven ability to conduct high-quality research evidenced by first author publications
A vital enterprise in the nation’s heartland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has its eye on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond. As Nebraska’s only public academic health sciences center, UNMC is committed to the education of a 21st century health care work force, to finding cures and treatments for devastating diseases, to providing the best care for patients, and to serving our state and its communities through award-winning outreach. UNMC also is committed to embracing the richness of diversity, and is a major economic engine for the state of Nebraska. Led by Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., UNMC has six colleges, two institutes and a graduate studies program, serving nearly 4,000 students in more than two dozen programs. Our physician assistant program was recently ranked ninth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and our primary care program was ranked 17. The university’s physical therapy, pharmacy and public health programs also are ranked among the top in the country.
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