NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available in the neuroimaging laboratory of Dr. Kristina Simonyan in the Department of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. The research emphasis of the laboratory is on the understanding of brain mechanisms underlying normal and diseased organization of the central nervous system controlling speech production. We use a variety of neuroimaging methodologies, including fMRI, DTI, high-resolution MRI, iEEG, as well as incorporate clinico-behavioral testing and genetic/genomic approaches in our studies.
The specific projects involve understanding brain organization controlling speech production in healthy individuals and brain abnormalities associated with the genetic risk factors leading to the development of laryngeal dystonia (or spasmodic dysphonia). Another project deals with the investigation of the central effects of a novel treatment in patients with laryngeal dystonia using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques and clinico-behavioral measures. Another project examines brain abnormalities across different forms of task-specific focal dystonia using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques and clinico-behavioral neurotesting. The postdoctoral fellows will function as part of a multi-disciplinary team of neuroscientists, geneticists, and clinicians. Opportunities exist for excellent scientific interactions and collaborations with an extensive program of seminars, symposia and other organized meetings that are focused on a large array of topics in neuroscience and neuroimaging. More information about the Simonyan Laboratory can be found at the link http://research.mssm.edu/simonyanlab/
Qualifications and Skills:
• A PhD or MD/PhD degree in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Communication Sciences,
Mathematics or related fields of biomedical sciences.
• Interest and expertise in human brain imaging, including but not limited to fMRI and DTI.
• At least basic knowledge of brain anatomy and neuroscience.
• Solid experience with scientific computing, including but not limited to computational (Linux, MATLAB)
and statistical (AFNI, FSL, SPM) methods.
• Ability to work effectively independetly and collaborate on projects with multiple investigators.
• Strong publication record and excellent academic credentials.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: The position is available immediately, and the applications will be considered on an ongoing basis
until the position is filled.
How to apply: The applications should be sent to Dr. Kristina Simonyan
at Kristina.Simonyan@mssm.edu and should include the candidate’s CV with the list of publications, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of at least three professional referees.
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