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Postdoctoral Research Associate-1

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023

About the Opportunity

The Laboratory for Movement Neuroscience, directed by Eugene Tunik in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science at Northeastern University, is recruiting 1-2 highly motivated individuals with expertise in human motor control for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. This position is for someone with strong skills in design and execution of experiments, particularly in human movement. Dr. Tunik’s research studies the neurobehavioral basis of healthy motor control and learning, the breakdown of motor control with neurological injury and disease, and the development of innovative restorative therapies. His research utilizes cutting edge technologies for behavioral and neurophysiological measurement in awake behaving humans. These technologies include virtual reality with an integrated Phantom 1.5 Premium manipulandum, motion capture, noninvasive brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic) including a newly purchased controllable pulse TMS with compatible EEG, EMG, peripheral stimulation. State of the art 3T-MRI scanning facilities are available at the university. A new Brain Stimulation-Modeling Center is also being established and will be closely linked to the Movement Neuroscience Lab for seamless collaboration.

Current funded projects on which the candidate may focus include investigation of frontoparietal circuits in reach to grasp, human-robot/computer interactions, the development of non-invasive stimulation based biomarkers of neurological disease, studies of neuromotor organization / control, cognitive-motor interactions, and other related work. Additional collaborations with neighboring labs in computational modeling, motor control, neural engineering are available and will be encouraged. Collaborations with the newly established Institute for Experiential AI (for which Dr. Tunik serves as the Director of AI+Health & Wellness initiatives) are also available and encouraged.

The primary responsibilities of this position entail the design, collection, and analysis of human behavior and neurophysiology, including neuronavigated TMS-EEG/EMG, multi-modal kinematics and kinetics, eye-tracking, and MRI. This includes the engineering and development of innovative experimental paradigms and analyses. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also be responsible for the write-up and dissemination of the results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. The Postdoctoral Research Associate would work closely with and receive mentorship from Dr. Tunik and an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians. Opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students are available and encouraged. Dr. Tunik’s previous trainees have an excellent record of achievement. The appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal, pending funding and performance.


The ideal candidate for the position will have a PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, movement science, kinesiology, bioengineering, psychology, or a related field, with emphasis on cognitive-motor interactions or motor control / motor learning is required. The candidate must have experience with experimental design and collection of human motor behavior and/or neurophysiology (kinematics, kinetics, EMG). Experience with non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS, tCS, tFUS), EEG, or fMRI approaches is preferred. Computational skills and proficiency in programming (MATLAB, Python, or C++) are highly valued, but not required. The candidate should be comfortable working both individually and as part of an interdisciplinary team, interacting healthy and clinical subject populations, and supervising students and research assistants. This position is open to both US and non-US residents, though candidates should be competent with written and verbal scientific communications in English. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and those historically underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.