The Kessler Foundation (West Orange, New Jersey) is recruiting postdoctoral fellows to conduct Neurorehabilitation and Neuroimaging Research.
Applications are being accepted for fellowships funded by an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and are expected to last for a two-year term.
Qualifying candidates must have an earned doctorate in engineering (e.g., biomedical, rehabilitation mechanical), neuroscience, or a related field. Strong candidates will have prior experience in performing neuroimaging research studies in human subjects, as well as some history of publication and presentation of original research.
The successful candidate will work on ongoing research that uses neuroimaging to better understand motor related impairment following neurological, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal diseases and injuries, for diverse patient populations including traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, cancer, and stroke. To this end, our research uses a multimodality approach that includes neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, fNIRS, EEG) combined with eye tracking, electrophysiology analysis, and motion analysis. The Kessler Foundation has research-dedicated 3 Tesla MRI scanner, state-of-the-art mobile imaging equipment (EEG, fNIRS), instrumented treadmill with virtual reality (C-Mill), Neurocom Balance Platform, biodex, and is a leader in powered exoskeleton assisted rehabilitation therapy. The successful applicant will also be expected to develop his/her own mentored research project. He/she will work on various aspects of research projects from inception (e.g., study formulation, grant-writing, etc.), through dissemination (conference presentation and manuscript publication).
Background and experience in functional and/or structural MRI image processing (DTI, fMRI), and ideally connectivity analysis (resting state functional connectivity, effective connectivity, graph theory-based analysis)
Experience in programming, preferentially Matlab
Knowledge of statistical data analysis
Excellent written communication skills
Research studies in human subjects, and history of publication and presentation of original research
EEG/EMG/fNIRS data collection and analysis
Neuromuscular rehabilitation; brain and muscle electrophysiology
Image-processing software such as FSL, AFNI, SPM, EEGLAB, Brainstorm
Opportunities for collaborating with clinicians on existing or future clinical research are also available. All fellows participate in an extensive training curriculum and didactic offerings. Multidisciplinary mentored training opportunities are individually tailored to achieve specific goals considering each fellow’s prior background and interests.
Kessler Foundation is a public charity that advances its mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities through research and grant-making programs. The Kessler Foundation is a global leader in medical rehabilitation research and affiliated with the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey and enjoys collaborations with partners at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (RNJMS), Rutgers University in New Jersey. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website
(http://www.kesslerfoundation.org/research/) to learn about the missions, activities, and resources of the Foundation and its laboratories.
Administration of the ARRT fellowships occurs within the academic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at RNJMS. As such, fellows enjoy the benefits and academic resources available to all post-doctoral fellows at the Medical School. Fellows may also be recommended for an academic appointment at the rank of Instructor.
Initial and informal inquiries about the fellowship may be directed by email to Guang Yue, Ph.D. ARRT Project Director, Kessler Foundation, and Professor at RNJMS GYue@kesslerfoundation.org
Applicants for fellowships should refer to the "Neuroimaging AART Fellowship" and forward
* Letter of application * Curriculum Vitae * One-page statement of research interests
by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail to:
Kessler Foundation, Attn: Human Resources 120 Eagle Rock Ave, Suite 100 East Hanover, NJ 07936
Letters of recommendation: At the time of application, candidates should request letters of recommendation from three current or former professional associates to be mailed to the Project Director (address above). Alternatively, applicants may enclose sealed letters of recommendation with mailed applications.
Due to limitations in resources, we regret that only candidates whose applications are brought forward by the fellowship committee will be contacted.
In addition to citizens and permanent residents of the US, non-citizen nationals, and non-immigrants are eligible to apply provided they can be lawfully employed in the U.S.
Internal Number: ARRT-SFN2
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation is a public charity dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Kessler Foundation bears the name of Dr. Henry H. Kessler, an orthopedist who founded Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 1947 to provide comprehensive rehabilitation for people with physical disabilities and help them achieve maximum independence. Today, the rehabilitation research and community employment programs of Kessler Foundation continue Dr. Kessler’s legacy.
Kessler Foundation maintains its charitable mission; Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, the largest and most comprehensive hospital for medical rehabilitation in New Jersey, now operates as a for-profit institution.
Kessler Foundation strives to improve the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, and other chronic neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Over the past decade, Kessler Foundation has invested almost $50 million in the work of its Research Center, where investigators develop ways to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles to leading full and productive lives in our communities.
K...essler Foundation maintains two locations in West Orange, New Jersey. Kessler Foundation Research Center, which adjoins Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, houses the support staff, a medical library, and meeting rooms in addition to five of the six specialized laboratories: Human Performance and Engineering Laboratory, Outcomes & Assessments, Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory, Stroke Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, Traumatic Brain Injury Research. Located at the Executive Drive facility is the seventh lab: Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory which also houses the Foundation’s Grant Programs and administrative offices.