[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Fellowships in Engineering and Neuroscience: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University

Li-Qun Zhang l-zhang at northwestern.edu
Mon Aug 14 17:44:55 CEST 2006

The Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) at the Rehabilitation 
Institute of Chicago (RIC) has several new openings for postdoctoral 
fellows, funded from US Federal and private grants. The RIC is a 
Northwestern University affiliated academic hospital, offering 
rehabilitation care to patients with an array of neural and 
musculoskeletal disorders. The RIC is part of the McGaw hospital 
complex, next to Lake Michigan, in an attractive part of Chicago.

  The fellowships are designed to help train postdoctoral researchers 
to undertake intensive research in the broad area of movement 
biomechanics and rehabilitation, with particular applications to 
stroke and other neurological disorders. This training is to take 
place under the supervision of one or more of the research faculty of 
the RIC and of Northwestern University.

The SMPP houses 14 laboratories, with investigators working on a 
broad array of problems relating to mechanisms of motor impairment in 
human neurological disorders.

Potential areas of research training include, but are not limited to:

1. Robotics applications for diagnosis and treatment of neurological 
impairments in either the upper or lower extremity.
2. Ultrasonic and microscopic evaluations of pathological changes of 
muscle fibers and tendons in spastic hypertonia in stroke or spinal cord injury
3. Impact of rehabilitation interventions on the neuromuscular system 
in neurological impairments
4. Disturbances of reflex function and non-reflex properties of the 
neuromuscular system in spastic hypertonia of stroke and SCI
5. Impaired movement kinematics in neurological disorders
6. Single motor unit and surface EMG analysis as indicators of 
abnormal neuronal activation in stroke and SCI
7. Computer modeling and simulation of muscle actions in neurological 
and musculoskeletal disorders

Applicants will have been awarded a Ph.D. within the past 5 years, 
typically training in engineering, neuroscience, or related 
disciplines. Prospective applicants should consult relevant RIC web 
pages for further information about our research programs and related 
clinical activities.  More detailed descriptions can be found on 

Candidates should apply by sending an email to Dr. Li-Qun Zhang (see 
address below) in which they describe their recent research 
activities, and outline their future research interests.

Applicants should also identify areas of SMPP research and potential 
research mentors that appear to be of interest.  Please include a 
recent CV, and a list of 3 - 4 referees. US citizenship or permanent 
resident status preferred, but not mandatory.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to

Li-Qun Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
345 E. Superior St., Suite1406
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-238-4767
FAX: 312-238-2208
E-mail: l-zhang at northwestern.edu

Salary will depend on background and experience. The start date of 
the positions is negotiable. We particularly encourage applications 
from qualified minority trainees, and from disabled researchers.
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