A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Rehabilitation and Applied Movement Performance Lab (ReAMP) directed by Dr. Mark Lyle, in the Emory School of Medicine Division of Physical Therapy.
Our lab is particularly interested in determining how and to what extent proprioceptive feedback from muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs is modulated to meet unique task demands, and the extent to which the adaptive capacity to modulate proprioceptive feedback is influenced by injuries, aging and rehabilitation strategies (e.g. motor practice, targeted neuromodulation). Our efforts aim to improve the clinical management of locomotor deficits across healthy aging and in persons with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as applications to injury prevention strategies in athletes. Active studies range from detailed study of spinal circuitry in the cat, traditional neurophysiological studies in humans and quantitative movement analysis. Collaborations with Emory Sports Medicine are dedicated to improving outcomes after anterior crucitate liagment injury (e.g. probing sensorimotor mechanisms of poor quadriceps recovery) and identifying risk of reinjury.
The postdoctoral fellow will help lead a NIH funded project adapting methods used to study Golgi tendon organ feedback in the cat to humans. This project will examine the strength and functional distribution of Golgi tendon organ feedback between lower limb muscles in healthy young and older adults, as well as in persons after stroke and spinal cord injury. Specific roles include coordinating and executing all phases of data collection, analysis, and dissemination. Professional development will be emphasized with opportunities for additional mentorship from Drs. Steve Wolf, Edelle Field-Fote and others. Candidates are expected and encouraged to work with Dr. Lyle and collaborators at Emory/Georgia Tech/Georgia State to develop complementary research projects and applications for independent funding.
The qualified candidate must have a Ph.D. in rehabilitation/movement science, engineering, applied neurophysiology or related disciplines. Candidates must be passionate about rehabilitation research with an interest in understanding the task dependent functional role of proprioceptive feedback. S/he should have experience with behavioral testing in humans. S/he must have the ability to work independently and with a collaborative team, and should be comfortable working with all persons (e.g. athletes, persons with a spinal cord injury or stroke). Experience with motion capture, nerve and muscle stimulation, EMG, and related data analysis programs (Visual 3D, MATLAB, etc) is a plus.
Emory university is located in close proximity to Georgia Insititute of Technology and Georgia State University providing a rich academic and intellectual environment. Emory’s office of postdoctoral education is recognized nationally for providing comprehensive career development training and resources (e.g. grant writing, career workshops). https://med.emory.edu/education/postdoctoral-training/index.html
Interested candidates must apply online and submit a brief cover letter describing research experiences and interests, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three references as a single pdf document to Dr. Lyle at email@example.com.