Postdoctoral Associate: Brain Connectivity & Feedback Control

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University of MInnesota NMRC
Minneapolis, United States

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Postdoctoral Associate: Brain Connectivity & Feedback Control


Minneapolis, MN 

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The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC), under the direction of Jerrold Vitek MD, PhD, at the University of Minnesota seeks three postdoctoral researchers to join its interdisciplinary team. Interested candidates will join dedicated, collaborative researchers working to provide translational solutions to those living with Parkinson’s disease and associated movement disorders. Our NIH funded work brings together experts from neurology, neuroscience, engineering, radiology, and beyond.

Successful candidates for these positions will apply engineering techniques to the analysis of neuronal population dynamics in Parkinson’s disease and the development of feedback control techniques for patient-specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies in pre-clinical and clinical settings.

The postdoctoral researcher working in this position will be focused on studying how Parkinson’s disease alters effective connectivity in brain circuits responsible for movement control and investigating feedback control techniques aimed to restore function in these circuits. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to apply engineering methods to the development and testing of next generation DBS therapies.

Required Qualifications:
- PhD in control engineering or related science/engineering field with background in:
- Feedback control systems 

- Signal processing and data analysis
- System identification and mathematical modeling of dynamical systems
- Real-time systems

Desired Qualifications:
- Systems neuroscience
- Kinematics and robotics
- Development of software tools using MATLAB/Simulink

If you are interested in this position, or would like to know more, please write Dr. David Escobar at Please include an updated CV with your interest
The University of Minnesota was named a Morris K. Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Research in 2016. The Neuromodulation Research Center, under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek, brings together an interdisciplinary team of the University of Minnesota’s experts from neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, radiology, and engineering to advance neuromodulation therapies for brain disorders. In the heart of Minnesota’s ‘Medical Alley,’ our NIH funded team fosters inventive, translational research aimed at training the next generation of clinicians and providing Minnesotans with world-class care. For more information visit