Open Positions

Open positions  in the Neuromechanics Lab

 

Seeking Post Doctoral Researcher in the Neuromechanics Lab

Mechanisms of balance impairments in Parkinson’s disease

Seeking motivated postdoctoral researchers to join an NIH-funded interdisciplinary research project in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. This is a highly interdisciplinary project involving human experiments and computational modeling to understand multiscale influences of muscle and neural systems to postural stability impairments in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. The proposed studies will also complement our NIH funded-research examining multiscale mechanisms of proprioceptive signals and their dysfunction in neurological disorders such as sensory neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, and others.
  • Work collaboratively to experimentally and/or computationally identify key muscle and neural feedback components contributing to postural instability in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Design, execute, analyze, and publish in at least two of the three following areas:
    • Experiments in Parkinson’s patients to characterize changes in postural stability and muscle activity due to dopaminergic medications during postural perturbations.
    • Calibrate and validate novel optical measurements of muscle metabolism against muscle stiffness and electromyographic signals.
    • Experiments in neurotypical humans subjects to characterize changes in postural stability and muscle activity with adaptation and age. 
    • Computer simulations to characterize and understand contributions of muscle properties and sensorimotor feedback in normal and impaired postural stability.
The successful applicant will be actively engaged in interdisciplinary learning and communication to synthesize and bridge diverse disciplines. Therefore, established competence in at least one the identified fields above, with a strong desire to gain expertise in another field is required. We seek motivated, independent, individuals with strong analytical and/or computer programming skills as well as strong relevant experience and coursework in neurophysiology or physiology research.

Preferred Qualifications
- Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Muscle Mechanics, Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering or related field.
- Proven track record of successfully executing and publishing research projects in electrophysiology, muscle mechanics, sensorimotor control or biomechanics.

Apply here:
Please submit cover letter, CV, and list of at least 3 references here. Research interest statement preferred but not required.
Direct any questions to Dr. Lena Ting at lting@emory.edu, with the subject line: "Neuromechanics Postdoctoral Position"

Seeking PhD student in the Neuromechanics Lab

Seeking PhD student to be jointly supervised by Lena Ting and Irfan Essa to work on interdisciplinary research in physical human-robot interaction (HRI) with applications to gait rehabilitation. Project involves modeling human gait from motion capture and/or video data, and modeling changes in gait resulting from small force perturbations. Gait models developed using unsupervised machine learning approaches will be applied on a novel robotic gait rehabilitation platform for real-time control of the robotic interface. Strong data modeling and MATLAB programming skills are required. The ideal candidate will bring experience with machine learning, either through prior work or through intended coursework. Experience with biological signal processing, biomechanics, and/or motor control preferred. Experience with C++, Python and implementing algorithms on real-time systems and on GPUs is also a plus.

Multiple PhD programs considered: Machine Learning, Robotics, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Mechanical Engineering.

Direct any questions to Dr. Lena Ting at lting@emory.edu, with the subject line: "Neuromechanics Doctoral Position"