Rutgers University/Kessler Foundation
This two-year fellowship position is funded by an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The research 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.
A multimodality approach includes neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, fNIRS, EEG) combined with eye tracking, electrophysiology analysis, and motion analysis. Kessler Foundation — a leader in powered exoskeleton-assisted rehabilitation therapy — has a research-dedicated 3 Tesla MRI scanner, state-of-the-art mobile imaging equipment (EEG, fNIRS), an instrumented treadmill with virtual reality (C-Mill), a Neurocom Balance Platform, and biodex.
- Contribute to ongoing research focused on motor-related impairment.
- Develop own mentored research project.
- Work on various aspects of research projects from inception (e.g., study formulation, grant-writing, etc.) through dissemination (conference presentation and manuscript publication).
- PhD in engineering (e.g., biomedical, rehabilitation mechanical), neuroscience, or a related field.
- Background and experience in functional and/or structural MRI image processing (DTI, fMRI).
- Experience in programming.
- Knowledge of statistical data analysis.
- Excellent written communication skills.
- Experience in performing neuroimaging research studies in human subjects.
- Experience with EEG/EMG/fNIRS data collection and analysis.
- Experience with Matlab.
- Experience with connectivity analysis (resting state functional connectivity, effective connectivity, graph theory-based analysis).
- Familiarity with biomedical instrumentation.
- Knowledge of neuromuscular rehabilitation; brain and muscle electrophysiology.
- Experience with image-processing software such as FSL, AFNI, SPM, EEGLAB, Brainstorm.
Administration of the ARRT fellowships occurs within the academic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (RNJMS), Rutgers University in New Jersey. 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.