Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Neuroscience

$65,000 a year

The Papageorgiou/Investigational Targeted Brain Neurotherapeutics Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate to conduct innovative research on cortical repair and neuromodulation using fMRI and real-time functional MRI neurofeedback approaches combined with EEG data acquisition in the long-term.

The lab focuses on the mechanisms involved in cortical blindness, motor impairment as a result of lower cranial nerve injury, and chronic pain as a function of inducing learning. Our studies focus on a variety of innovative approaches, including neurofeedback in targeted and individualized regions of interest based on the patient’s location and spatial extent of the lesion, optimization of rt-fMRI nFb methods with the long-term goal of central and peripheral nervous system injury neuro-rehabilitation, as well as using highly quantitative methods, such as population receptive field, multivariate and univariate analyses.

The Papageorgiou lab (https://www.bcm.edu/people/view/t-papageorgiou-ph-d-m-h-sc/b22fc58f-ffed-11e2-be68-080027880ca6) focuses on the mechanisms involved in neuro-rehabilitation as a function of brain stimulation strategies. Our studies focus on a variety of innovative approaches, including neurofeedback in targeted and individualized regions of interest based on the patient’s location and spatial extent of the lesion, optimization of rt-fMRI nFb methods with the long-term goal of central and peripheral nervous system injury neuro-rehabilitation, as well as using highly quantitative methods, such as population receptive field, multivariate and univariate analyses. More specifically, our laboratory studies: (i) the mechanisms that guide plasticity following insult to the brain, by using structural, volumetric, diffusion tensor imaging and functional connectivity measures; (ii) functional plasticity/reorganization of the brain by applying a targeted and individualized real-time fMRI neurofeedback method; and (iii) optimized neurofeedback approaches via computational modelling.

The applicant MUST have the passion and motivation to pursue innovative scientific research.

  • Conduct neuroimaging experiments and perform analyses of the data.
  • Prepare and conduct technical presentations.
  • Document research, and write-up papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work within a team to coordinate resources and plan real-time fMRI neurofeedback paradigms.

Required:

  • PhD in a relevant field: Neuroscience; Applied Math; Electrical Engineering; Bioengineering/ Biomedical Engineering; MR physics; Applied Physics.
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical and experimental skills.
  • Strong expertise in signal processing.

Preferred:

  • EEG experience.
  • Strong expertise in fMRI methods and analyses: AFNI experience.
  • DTI analysis.