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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV- Open Rank - College of Health Professions, Health Sciences and Research in Charleston, South Carolina

Assistant or Associate Professor in Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation Research

The Department of Health Sciences & Research in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina is recruiting an outstanding researcher for a tenure-track position as an Assistant or Associate Professor to join a team of investigators in neuromodulation for rehabilitation and general neurorehabilitation funded by two rehabilitation research centers.

First, there will be an opportunity for a leadership position within the NIH-funded National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (Director: Steve Kautz PhD; ). Second, investigators studying stroke recovery would be eligible to be appointed as a junior investigator (JI) within the NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Stroke Recovery (Director: Steve Kautz, PhD; ), which would support 50% of their effort for their first 2-3 years. We place a strong emphasis on the candidate’s ability to build and strengthen collaborations with College of Health Professions programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology and College of Medicine programs in Psychiatry (i.e., the Brain Stimulation Laboratory led by Dr. Mark George), Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Bioengineering. Applications from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

While the focus of the ideal candidate’s research program must include neuromodulation (e.g., non-invasive brain stimulation techniques) and rehabilitation, we are especially interested in researchers with innovative ideas and approaches in the areas novel neuromodulation treatments, multi-modal approaches combining TMS and EEG or functional imaging, brain-machine interface applied to rehabilitation, personalized rehabilitation based on brain and behavior characteristics, motor learning, upper extremity function and rehabilitation, and/or balance and falls. Candidates must possess a PhD in rehabilitation science, bioengineering or a related field that can contribute to neurorehabilitation. Secondary academic appointments with teaching opportunities are available for qualified applicants, e.g., in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Bioengineering. Applicants interested in a joint VA research appointment are strongly encouraged to apply (need not be a current VA investigator) as there is a core group of researchers within the team who have dual appointments.

Substantial resources are available for performing innovative neurorehabilitation research. The COBRE has established four fully staffed full service scientific core resources to support stroke recovery research: Quantitative Behavioral Assessment and Rehabilitation Core , provides resources for kinematic, kinetic, EMG and metabolic cost assessments and rehabilitation protocols; Brain Stimulation Core , provides TMS-based neurophysiological assessments and supports rTMS and tDCS protocols for rehabilitation; NeuroImaging Core , provides structural and functional MRI, MR spectroscopy analyses and high-density EEG analyses; and Clinical and Translational Tools and Resources Core , provides subject recruitment resources, a bioinformatics enabled database registry and biostatistical support. While the research program is based on the concept of shared common core resources, start-up funds and space are available to establish new laboratories.

If the successful applicant is a stroke recovery researcher, they will be expected to develop a stroke recovery project for COBRE funding. The type of project required will be dependent on the level of achievement of the researcher. If the researcher has achieved R01-level funding, then the project should be a two year project that leads to a subsequent R01 application. If the researcher has not achieved R01-level funding, the project should be like a K99/R00 project with the COBRE funding the first 2-3 years as a mentored research project that subsequently transitions to an independently funded R01 or equivalent. The project must be in an area related to stroke recovery, will have a yearly budget of approximately $125,000 and requires the submission of an R01 or equivalent application by no later than the end of the second year of funding. It is expected by NIH that JI’s will be supported by the COBRE for 3 years and move to independent research support. The COBRE will provide extensive mentoring for junior investigators. This includes bringing in outstanding nationally and internationally known scientists to visit with center investigators, extensive mentoring opportunities with scientific core directors and being matched with a primary mentor.

Review of candidates will begin on February 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, please appply to this posting and also submit (to ) your CV and a 1-2 page Research Program Vision Statement (if in stroke recovery also add a detailed discussion of your envisioned K99-like project and subsequent R01 submission(s) planned for no later than the end of year two of COBRE support, and synergies between your proposed research program and COBRE research cores and strengths).

Please recognize that there is already an active and productive team of investigators with an established culture of active participation. The successful candidate is expected to become a core member of this community, with commitments such as a monthly two-hour center-wide meeting and valuable mentoring and scientific development activities sponsored by the COBRE. Prospective investigators must be comfortable collaborating with a team and be good team players. Join us and help build an internationally known neurorehabilitation research program at MUSC.

Questions regarding the position (not the application process) can be directed to:

Mark G. Bowden, PhD, PT

Search Committee Chair


Phone: 843-792-5036

MUSC is an equal opportunity employer, supporting workplace diversity.

MUSC is a drug-free workplace.

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