Postdoctoral Associate-The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience (

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Apr 21, 2023

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Postdoctoral Associate-The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience (

Job Description:

The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience ( at the University of Florida seeks a candidate for an NIH funded postdoctoral position focused on human neuroimaging and pain. The lrnlab conducts structural and functional brain imaging studies using functional MRI, diffusion MRI and high-density EEG. A major focus area for this position will be the characterization of brain function during movement-evoked shoulder pain in individuals with rotator cuff tears. The primary responsibility of this position will involve data collection, data processing, and manuscript preparation. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Federico Pozzi who is in the department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. ( ). Academic development is also a central feature of this position. We will actively support professional growth through individual development plans, 1:1 mentoring, and professional skills workshops offered at the University of Florida. The candidate is expected to develop an independent grant application targeting foundation or NIH K-type mechanisms.

This position offers the unique opportunity to work on functional neuroimaging data along with motor and pain testing methods. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with Dr. Coombes and Dr. Pozzi and will also collaborate with other members of the research team including physicians, clinical staff, psychologists, and statisticians to ensure smooth and successful outcomes for this project. Individuals in this position will have access to the excellent resources at UF including the Pain Research and Intervention Center for Excellence (PRICE:, and the advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (AMRIS) facility (, as well as interdisciplinary journal clubs and seminar series across campus.

LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT: The Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience is led by Drs. Stephen Coombes and David Vaillancourt. The laboratory is supported by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Our main focus is to develop a better understanding of sensorimotor system neuroscience and neurodegenerative conditions. There is 3000 square foot of space within the laboratory supporting an EEG lab, motor unit studies, and dedicated systems for neuroimaging analyses. In addition, there is office space dedicated to the personnel working with the group and space dedicated for computing and printing, software and hardware development, and scientific meetings amongst collaborators. The laboratory is less than 1 mile from the AMRIS facility which is located in the McKnight Brain Institute where the 3T, 4.7T, and 11.T research dedicated magnets are housed.

About the University of Florida: The University of Florida is the No. 5 ranked public university with annual research expenditures greater than $938 million in 2021. UF houses several core facilities which provide additional scientific and mentoring opportunities including the Myology Institute (, University of Florida Older Americans Independence Center (, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute ( Additional relevant information about postdoctoral scholar positions at the University of Florida can be found at

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Requirements:

Candidates must have PhD

Preferred Qualifications:
  • The candidate should have a Ph.D. in psychology, kinesiology, neuroscience, engineering, physiology, or a related field.
  • The ideal applicant will have experience using AFNI and/or FSL for data analyses, strong working knowledge of signal processing, and significant programming expertise (e.g., Matlab, Bash, Python).
  • Experience collecting data from human subjects, and experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g., SPSS or R) is also extremely desirable.
  • Meeting project deadlines and working in a team environment will be important.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted online and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and email address of three references. Please send inquiries to Dr. Stephen Coombes ([email protected]). Application deadline date is July 15, 2023, and applications will be considered on a regular basis.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. Minorities, women, and those from other underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

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