[Eeglablist] Staff Scientist Position in NeuroRobotics / MOBI at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD (USA)

Bulea, Thomas (NIH/CC/RMD) [E] thomas.bulea at nih.gov
Mon Dec 13 13:07:46 PST 2021

Staff Scientist
Neurorobotics Research Group
Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center (NIH CC) is a 200-bed hospital dedicated to clinical research. All care is delivered under active clinical research protocols. The Clinical Center's mission is scientific discovery: approximately half of the clinical protocols evaluate rare (most often genetically-determined) diseases; the other half are clinical trials of novel interventions.

Position Description:
The Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the NIH CC is seeking a Staff Scientist to join the Neurorobotics Research Group. The Neurorobotics Research Group, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Bulea, PhD, develops innovative device-based approaches to treat movement disorders. These approaches are deployed clinically within our motion analysis laboratory, where their effects on movement are studied using mobile-brain body imaging techniques including motion capture, EMG and functional neuroimaging (EEG / fNIRS). These methods are also deployed to study the underlying causes of movement disorders and elucidate new approaches to their treatment. We are part of a section where scientists, engineers, and clinicians work together to identify clinical needs, develop new solutions and translate them into practice. This position offers exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside of NIH.
The role of the Staff Scientist is to support the research of the principal investigator by providing expertise and leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of novel robotic devices and other technology-based neurorehabilitation strategies. The Staff Scientist serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the group by helping to lead and manage experimental design, data collection and analysis, and mentoring of other lab personnel including pre- and post-doctoral trainees. The Staff Scientist will also provide administrative and/or programmatic support, including assisting with clinical protocol development and regulatory and institutional review board compliance. This position will include the opportunity to present research at meetings and conferences within and outside of NIH and to participate in relevant professional development training.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a dynamic, self-motivated individual with a demonstrated track record of productivity within an academic or other research setting. The Neurorobotics Research Group is a newly formed lab and this position will provide the opportunity to share in shaping the future of our research program. The successful candidate will meet one of these two profiles:

  1.  A researcher with a PhD in biomedical, mechanical, or electrical engineering, biomechanics or another closely related field with a demonstrated track record in design, development and evaluation of robotic devices for rehabilitation, prosthetics, orthotics, movement augmentation, functional electrical stimulation or other human-interaction applications. Other desired skills include:

*        Expertise in advanced robotic control algorithms, e.g. impedance control, machine learning, neural networks, and/or model predictive control, and their implementation in embedded electronics / microcontroller environments.

*        Experience collecting and analyzing motion capture, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), and/or other biomechanical measurements from human subjects.

*        Proficiency in scripting (Matlab and/or python) and C/C++ programming.

*        Familiarity with gait, walking robots and/or exoskeletons.

  1.  A researcher with a PhD or other doctoral level degree with a proven track record of designing and managing clinical research protocols involving study of human motor control, including biomechanics, neuromechanics, electromyography (EMG) or mobile-brain body imaging (MOBI) especially EEG and/or fNIRS. Other desired skills include:

*        Expertise collecting and analyzing motion capture, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), and/or other biomechanical measurements from human subjects.

*        Expertise in statistical analysis for experimental design and clinical trials.

*        Experience interfacing with regulatory bodies governing clinical trials and research protocols involving human subjects, including the FDA and Institutional Review Boards (IRB).

*        Proficiency with Matlab, R or another scripting language for data analysis and presentation.
The successful candidate must have a history of scholarship evidenced by authorship of peer-reviewed publications, and have a demonstrated ability to function independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. Post-doctoral experience is desirable but not a requirement. Salary will be commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Interested applicants should send a current Curriculum Vitae with a complete list of publications and a cover letter highlighting key qualifications and experience, a plan for future research and career goals, and names and contact information of three references to: Thomas C. Bulea, PhD; Tenure Track Investigator, Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section at thomas.bulea at nih.gov<mailto:thomas.bulea at nih.gov>. Applications can be submitted beginning December 3, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with or eligible to obtain a valid employment authorized visa. This position is subject to a background investigation. The Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are equal opportunity employers committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Vaccine Requirements:
As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__employees.nih.gov_pages_coronavirus_vaccination-2Drequirements.aspx&d=DwIFAg&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=RnZC-BtOsOLRmq0frCY6UgNsZfx_x_pH8La1iUEqYhBsyKWAj6SOBvm0nyGh1dm_&s=azpCg0IrrtTOwm0xDhMzLaJDZcLD6wtnffM5I2VmPbo&e= > against COVID-19.  During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination.  An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement.  For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.saferfederalworkforce.gov_faq_vaccinations_&d=DwIFAg&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=RnZC-BtOsOLRmq0frCY6UgNsZfx_x_pH8La1iUEqYhBsyKWAj6SOBvm0nyGh1dm_&s=PeaUWM1fepCzPmKBlm8jIhTgO8DjhusaAD-vd7as-WY&e= > page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit Vaccines.gov<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.vaccines.gov_&d=DwIFAg&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=RnZC-BtOsOLRmq0frCY6UgNsZfx_x_pH8La1iUEqYhBsyKWAj6SOBvm0nyGh1dm_&s=NK5BwRsVzpBK-AIzl9aPNv6E0866d-n7wG61cOUULGs&e= >.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating in a maximum telework state. If selected, you may be expected to telework. As employees to return to the office, you may be required to report to the location listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. At the discretion of the supervisor and NIH policy, you may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling.  These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with NIH Workplace Flexibilities<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__hr.nih.gov_working-2Dnih_work-2Dschedules&d=DwIFAg&c=-35OiAkTchMrZOngvJPOeA&r=kB5f6DjXkuOQpM1bq5OFA9kKiQyNm1p6x6e36h3EglE&m=RnZC-BtOsOLRmq0frCY6UgNsZfx_x_pH8La1iUEqYhBsyKWAj6SOBvm0nyGh1dm_&s=h1J8BtIrzxyGdD1XGJtEpd8U1zrzCZssdxniztXEXA8&e= > guidance.

Thomas Bulea, Ph.D.
Tenure Track Investigator
Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health

Building 10, CRC, Room 1-1469
10 Center Drive, MSC-1604
Bethesda, MD 20892

thomas.bulea at nih.gov<mailto:thomas.bulea at nih.gov>
ph: 301-451-7533

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