[Comp-neuro] Fwd: Chief technologist position at Columbia University Medical Center
Shivakeshavan Ratnadurai Giridharan
shiva.keshavan at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 22:24:24 CET 2019
Sent on behalf of Jason B. Carmel, CUMC. Please see message below.
We are seeking a Chief Technologist for the Movement Recovery Laboratory at
Columbia University Medical Center. The successful candidate will have
strong programming and neuroscience experience with expertise in signal
processing and analysis of large data sets. The position is ideal for a
person who likes to develop and optimize neuroscience tools. He or she will
be responsible for creating and maintaining the systems for cutting-edge
neuroscience research that seeks to restore movement after paralyzing
The Laboratory uses rodent models of disease to improve understanding of
movement control, to test how electrical stimulation can strengthen neural
circuits spared by injury. The laboratory uses a combination of behavior,
physiology, and anatomy techniques in rats. Each of these modalities has a
suite of tools that need to be made more quantitative, efficient, and
1. Behavior: We quantify reaching, walking, and food manipulation using
robotics and computer vision. The Chief Technologist will be charged with
creating protocols and algorithms to efficiently record and analyze these
movements, including reaching, stepping, and manipulation.
2. Physiology: We record and stimulate both motor cortex and the spinal
cord. The technologist will help develop protocols for multichannel
stimulation and for analysis of nerve and muscle signals. For example, we
have created a graphical tool for real-time visualization of EMG responses
to motor cortex stimulation.
3. Anatomy: We trace connections between the brain and the spinal cord
using a combination of anterograde and retrograde neural tracers. The
technologist will help quantify the number of labeled neurons and axons
using computer vision and the results are placed into a 3D framework.
The chief technologist will be expected to work independently to establish
protocols and to help test them. This research work will require pro-active
and interdisciplinary teamwork. The candidate should hold a PhD (or
equivalent) in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, or a
related field. Software design and programming skills in MATLAB (or
equivalent scientific software) are critical. Knowledge of machine
learning, computer vision, and source localization are other appealing
skills. Most important is the ability to find innovative and practical
solutions to technical problems.
The position has a starting salary of $55,000 to $70,000, depending on
experience, and includes full medical, dental, retirement, and other
benefits. The position is supported by NIH, New York State, and private
Columbia University is located in New York City, has a world-class faculty
in neuroscience and neurology. Abundant learning opportunities include lab
meetings, seminar series, journal clubs and university lectures. There are
also many opportunities for collaboration with other neuroscientists,
laboratories creating new technologies, and expert clinicians.
Email your CV and cover letter (or inquiries) to Jason B. Carmel, MD, PhD
at jason.carmel at columbia.edu. Please include “Chief Technologist” in the
Columbia University takes Affirmative Action to ensure equal opportunity.
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