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Postdoctoral Research Associate-The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
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Postdoctoral Research Associate-The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience

Job Description:

The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience ( at the University of Florida seeks a candidate for an NIH funded postdoctoral position focused on human neuroimaging, pain, and aging. The lrnlab conducts structural and functional brain imaging studies using functional MRI, diffusion MRI and high-density EEG. A major focus area for this position will be the characterization of the pain, cognitive, and motor networks in the brain that predict mobility decline in human aging. The primary responsibility of this position will involve data collection, data processing, and manuscript preparation. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration with the PAIN lab (Phenotyping Assessment in Neuroscience) which is also at UF and is directed by Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida ( ).

This position offers the unique opportunity to work on multi-modal neuroimaging data along with motor, cognitive, and pain testing methods. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with Dr. Coombes, and will also collaborate with other members of the research team including physicians, clinical staff, psychologists, and statisticians to ensure smooth and successful outcomes for this project. Individuals in this position will have access to the excellent resources at UF including the Pain Research and Intervention Center for Excellence (PRICE: ), and the advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (AMRIS) facility ( ), as well as interdisciplinary journal clubs and seminar series across campus.

LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT: The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience is led by Drs. Stephen Coombes and David Vaillancourt. The laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Our main focus is to develop a better understanding of sensorimotor system neuroscience and neurodegenerative conditions. There is 3000 square foot of space within the laboratory supporting an EEG lab, motor unit studies, and dedicated systems for neuroimaging analyses. In addition, there is office space dedicated to the personnel working with the group and space dedicated for computing and printing, software and hardware development, and scientific meetings amongst collaborators. The laboratory is less than 1 mile from the AMRIS facility which is located in the McKnight Brain Institute where the 3T, 4.7T, and 11.T research dedicated magnets are housed.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA: The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida . It is known to be a progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse community, 85 miles from the Georgia border, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It has abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies, lakes and opportunities for many outdoor activities. Most of the year, temperatures are moderate. Summers are sunny skies, warm temperatures during the day and cool breezes at night. In 1977 Gainesville was named Florida Tree City of the Year and in 2007, the National Geographic Magazine ranked it as one of the top cities in the U.S. to work and play. The campus includes a full range of academic disciplines with strong research programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, and Engineering, among others. It has an excellent public school system, with a number of high schools ranked highly in the Florida system. The International Baccalaureate program at Eastside High School has been ranked as one of the top 5 in the country by Newsweek Magazine.

More information about the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology can be found here:

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Requirements:

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in psychology, kinesiology, neuroscience, engineering, physiology, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience using AFNI, FSL, EEGlab for data analyses
  • Strong working knowledge of signal processing
  • Significant programming expertise (e.g., Matlab, Bash, Python)
  • Experience collecting data from human subjects
  • Experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g., SPSS or R)
  • Meeting project deadlines and working in a team environment
Special Instructions to Applicants:

The project will be supervised by Dr. Stephen Coombes. Position is for 12 months with the possibility to renew. Should you have any questions, Please send inquiries to Dr. Stephen Coombes ( ). Application deadline date is April 15, 2022, and applications will be considered on a regular basis.
  • A cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Email address of three professional references
This position is open until filled. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. Minorities, women, and those from other underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes

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