Postdoctoral Fellowship


Kessler Foundation, in collaboration with Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Performance and Engineering (HPE).  The two-year program prepares biomedical scientists, including engineers (e.g. biomedical, electrical, rehabilitation), neuroscientists, kinesiologists, and those in related fields, for a career in rehabilitation research within the specialty area of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroimaging.


Primary responsibilities will include the following:


  • Participate in a project investigating the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying balance dysfunction and intervention-related recovery in traumatic brain injury (TBI).  The project will use a multimodal approach — involving MRI, EEG, EMG, motion tracking, and transcranial magnetic stimulation — to study how brain-to-muscle integration is affected in balance dysfunction.

  • Develop own mentored research project, and work on other projects, in neuromuscular rehabilitation in diverse patient populations, including traumatic brain injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and stroke.

  • Work on various aspects of research projects from inception (study formulation, grant-writing, etc.) through dissemination (conference presentation and manuscript publication), with opportunities to collaborate with clinicians.


Required qualifications:


  • PhD degree in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, or a closely related field.

  • Strong computer skills, with solid programming experience, particularly Matlab.

  • Background in signal processing or/and image processing (EMG, EEG, fMRI) and biomedical instrumentation.

  • Ability to independently develop data processing/analysis methods.

  • Excellent written communication skills.




In addition, the following qualifications are preferred:


  • Research experience involving human subjects.

  • History of publication and presentation of original research.

  • Interests and/or experience in the following areas:  transcranial magnetic stimulation, neuromuscular rehabilitation, biomedical signal processing (e.g., EEG, TMS and EMG), and/or brain and muscle electrophysiology.

  • Experience in EEG and EMG data collection and analysis, preferably in EEG-based mobile brain/body imaging (MoBI) experiments as well as motor-related fMRI processing.


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.  More information can be found at .


When applying, please include résumé and a cover letter summarizing relevant research expertise, experience, and interests.




Location:  West Orange, NJ