[Comp-neuro] postdoc in Neuroscience / Neural Engineering position available

Sergiy Yakovenko sergiy.yakovenko at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 17:44:15 CET 2015

POSTDOC:  We have funding from NIH to support a Postdoctoral Fellow position in Neuroscience / Neural Engineering

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow – Neuroscience/Neural Engineering in the Department of Human Performance at West Virginia University. This position will support the research of corticospinal reorganization after CNS injury using micro-electrode array technology for the interaction with the disrupted CNS, and will work on the development of neuroprosthetics with animal models of neurological conditions.

A PhD in physiology, neuroscience, or highly-related areas, experience in Matlab, and a demonstrated record of strong scientific publications in the field of neuroscience, particularly on the topic of systems motor control are required. A PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, neurophysiology, or highly-related fields is preferred. 

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu <http://hr.research.wvu.edu/> and click on the “WVURC Employment Opportunities” link. AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer


West Virginia University Research Corporation
Postdoctoral Fellow Position Description

Working Title 	Postdoctoral Fellow – Neuroscience/Neural Engineering (EXERPH 15-0027)
Department				HSC/Exercise Physiology
Minimum Salary Requirements 	FY 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow NIH range:
					0 years of experience – $42,840/year 
					1 year   of experience – $44,556/year
					2 years of experience – $46,344/year 
					3 years of experience – $48,192/year
Position Location			Morgantown/Monongalia County
Position Terms				Full-time (40hpw), benefits eligible
FLSA Status				Exempt
WVURC Position Type			Specialist/Lead
WVURC Functional Group		Technology & Engineering
EEO Reporting Category		Professionals
Standard Occupation Code		17-2031 SR 
WC Code/Rate				4511/.58
Prepared By				Carla Davis
Prepared Date				February 25, 2015
Approved By				Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko 
Posting Date				March 13, 2015

This position supports the research of corticospinal reorganization after CNS injury using micro-electrode array technology for the interaction with the disrupted CNS. It works on the development of neuroprosthetics with animal models of neurological conditions.  

The incumbent serves as a resource contact relative to the research project. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Independently uses professional concepts and organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties require oversight of projects.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
Perform the leadership role in rodent surgeries, stimulation – recording sessions, dataset analysis, and paper publication, with support from faculty investigators and a laboratory technician.
Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings.
Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources.
Assist with development of novel research proposals for sponsor submission.
Write proposals, papers, and abstracts to attract research funds.
Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals.
Perform laboratory and field experiment activities according to protocol.
Independent experimental data analysis.
Maintain detailed logs of work related activities, including accurate laboratory records and data on research methods, procedures, and results.
Oversee research facilities and personnel
Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements.
Oversee and direct undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of experiments.
Maintain lab equipment; keep accurate inventory of lab assets; monitor and assure proper use and conditions of lab equipment.
Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator.
Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.

Supervisory/Lead Role 
This position reports to the Principal Investigator. It normally receives no instructions on routine work, but will receive instructions/advice when starting a new project or when a difficulty arises in the current project. Typically determines methods or procedures and consults with the supervisor on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Guidance or supervision of others may be required.

Physical Demands
Requires physical abilities to perform laboratory research, including manual dexterity and abilities to see, hear, walk, talk, and feel. Individual is required to lift and carry items of 25 lbs or less or transport such items by cart. Walking and stair climbing occur on a daily basis. 

Work Environment 
Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment, using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The incumbent must comply with all laboratory safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements. There will be exposure to laboratory chemicals, electrical supplies, but protective measures will be provided. 

Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
PhD in physiology, neuroscience, or highly-related areas;  
Experience in Matlab, and a demonstrated record of strong scientific publications in the field of neuroscience, particularly on the topic of systems motor control. 

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
Skilled at communicating effectively, both orally, and in writing, in English.
Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Skilled at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Ability to document and present the results of research.
Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format as well as use original or innovative techniques or style due to the nature of the scientific content of the material being presented.
Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. 
Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.). 
Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. 
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. 
Ability to meet deadlines, as well as prepare, present and report results effectively.
Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations.
Ability to do strategic planning for program development.

Behavioral Competencies
Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
Interpersonal Interactions in the Workplace – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
Education and/or Experience 
PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, neurophysiology, or highly-related fields. 


Sergiy Yakovenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
WVU Neural Engineering Laboratory
http://sites.google.com/site/sergiyyakovenko/ <http://sites.google.com/site/sergiyyakovenko/>

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