Brinson Foundation Stroke Fellowship - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Brinson Foundation Stroke Fellowship

Post-doctoral or research physical therapist positions in spinal cord and stroke neurophysiology and rehabilitation

A post-doctoral position or research physical therapist position has recently become available in the Locomotion Laboratory of W. Zev Rymer, MD, PhD, at the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). The successful candidates will participate in extramurally funded research that examines the effects of specific physical and pharmacological interventions on the adaptive properties of human locomotion and functional recovery, ranging from the identification of basic neurophysiological mechanisms to clinical applications following neurological injury. Opportunities exist to interact in collaborative research with engineering and neuroscience faculty who specialize in motor control, neurorehabilitation, motor learning, reflex function, robotics in rehabilitation, modeling and systems engineering.

The experiments you could be involved in are progressing over the next 2–3 years. They include: studies of locomotor plasticity and functional recovery using body-weight supported treadmill training with robotic or manual assistance in individuals following stroke or spinal cord injury; studies of the effect of specific physical (sensory) or pharmacological inputs on the motor control locomotor recovery following neurological injury.

Applicants for the post-doctoral positions should have a recent doctoral degree in neuroscience, biomechanics, biomedical engineering, kinesiology or a related discipline. Applications for the research physical therapist position should have a clinical doctoral or masters degree in Physical Therapy. A record of research in motor control, biomechanics, neuroscience or physical therapy is preferred. Laboratory experience with motion analysis, electromyography and force/torque measurements is useful.

To apply, fax or email a cover letter with a statement of interests, a resume/cv and the names of three individuals whom can be contacted as references to: T. George Hornby, PT, PhD. Voice: 312-238-1397 Fax: 312-238-2208 e-mail:

The Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) RIC is devoted to the study of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and sensory disorders that are associated with abnormal control of posture and movement.Faculty members have appointments in the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine & McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. Approximately thirty-five research staff – including post-doctoral research associates, graduate students and support staff – make up a unique team of physicians, engineers, mathematicians, physiologists, occupational & physical therapists for the study of motor and sensory dysfunctions. Our studies on healthy individuals, patients and mathematical models are internationally renowned in the fields of biomechanics, neurophysiology and rehabilitation research.

Minority applicants and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.