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Postdoctoral Scholar - Neurology

Application Window

Open date: October 6th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Seeking a highly motivated candidate for postdoctoral fellow position in systems neuroscience and human neurophysiology applied to Movement Disorders in the laboratory of Dr. Katy Cross, MD, PhD in the Department of Neurology at UCLA ( We combine detailed behavioral, physiologic and kinematic characterization with electrophysiological recordings (EEG, LFP, ECoG), neuroimaging and neuromodulation (DBS, TMS) techniques to study circuit mechanisms of abnormal movement, gait and cognition in patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The overarching aim is to discover novel therapeutic targets and identify biomarkers for early diagnosis, response to treatment, and disease subtypes. Active projects include characterizing heterogeneity and individual differences in freezing of gait and response to visual and auditory cueing strategies in Parkinson’s disease using EEG, intracranial recordings and functional/structural MRI. In addition to supporting ongoing projects, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop a subproject that promotes the core mission of the lab. Start date is flexible. The position is fully funded for two years, and may be extended depending on satisfactory progress and the availability of funding.

Duties & Tasks:
Lead and perform experiments of human movement and gait using EEG, intraoperative ECoG/LFP, chronic DBS sensing devices, MRI and related techniques
Mentor students and technical staff and collaborate with other scientists to design, implement and analyze experiments.
Prepare manuscripts for submission to scientific journals and present at scientific meetings
Prepare grant applications, including career development awards

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Required Qualifications:
PhD and/or MD with concentration in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering or related field
Experience in electrophysiology, neuroimaging and/or neuromodulation in humans
Signal processing and MATLAB proficiency
Strong record of productivity and communication through publications and scientific meetings
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work professionally and compassionately with patients

Preferred Qualifications:
Expertise in human behavior, biomechanics, computational modeling or other complementary area

Application requirements:
Statement of research
Contact information for 2-3


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Advanced Degree.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

None Required.

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