[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Fellow position

Jon Sensinger j.sensinger at unb.ca
Thu Oct 29 01:24:22 CET 2015


Postdoctoral Fellow sought in Computational Motor Control / Psychophysics  

General Summary
A Post Doctoral Fellow in computational motor control or psychophysics to join a dynamic multi-disciplinary team at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, studying the internal models that a unique group of upper-limb amputees have. These amputees have had targeted sensory reinnervation surgery such that when their upper arm is touched, it feels like you are touching their hand . This sensation remains stable over time. With funding from the U.S. NIH, our collaborators at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Alberta have developed miniature robotic devices that can apply appropriate feedback throughout the day , and with funding from DARPA we are developing quantitative metrics of feedback incorporation . The role of this post-doctoral position is to quantify if the feedback improves this unique group of amputee's ability to form internal models regarding control of their prosthetic arm or interaction with their environment, ultimately leading to more precise control with less mental effort.

The 12-month project is led by Jon Sensinger, PhD, the associate director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Sensinger's research focuses on developing computational models of how we interact with prosthesis control , along with prosthesis and exoskeleton design and control. IBME includes scientists, engineers, and clinical staff.

Principal Responsibilities
1.	Develop psychophysics and force-field based experiments to assess the strength of the internal models these subjects have with and without the sensory feedback.
2.	Must work in close consultation with engineering, prosthetists, and therapists.
3.	Keeps informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise; offers suggestions regarding continuing development of program.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
1.	Applicants should have a doctoral degree and relevant research experience in engineering, neuroscience, psychophysics, or a related field.
2.	Experience with computational motor control or psychophysics.
3.	Awareness of gross anatomy and neural anatomy is preferred.
4.	Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with patients, research subjects, team members, and project collaborators.
5.	Analytical skills to select and interpret experiments.
6.	Communication skills necessary to write detailed explanatory reports and articles and to verbally communicate results of research at meetings and conferences.

Please send a cover letter and C.V. to Dr. Sensinger (j.sensinger at unb.ca) for more details.

Relevant links:
http://www.pnas.org/content/104/50/20061.abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21252109 
http://blogs.unb.ca/newsroom/2015/02/09/research-team-receives-up-to-2-5-million-from-darpa-to-evaluate-prosthetic-limb-technology/ 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEzbuiJi0T0
http://www.ece.unb.ca/jsensing 


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