The Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care is offering a Mitacs-funded postdoctoral research fellowship involving the neurobiology of motor behaviour, language, and interhemispheric interaction in the context of stroke rehabilitation. The successful candidate will be offered a one-year contract and expected to apply together with the PI for Mitacs funding (extremely high success rate) to work jointly with iRegained.ca in an academic-industrial partnership for up to three years. The fellow will be primarily supervised by Dr. Jed Meltzer (meltzerlab.org) at the RRI in Toronto, co-supervised by Dr. Aimee Nelson of McMaster University in Hamilton, and will work closely with our industrial partner iRegained.ca. The candidate should either be experienced with research on human motor behaviour, and interested in exploring the intersection of this field with language, or the other way around. The fellow will have primary responsibility for planned clinical trials of a novel hand function rehabilitation device in stroke survivors, and will assess neurophysiological changes associated with training-related improvements. Involvement in parallel studies on language rehabilitation is possible. The fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue basic science studies investigating the coordination of activity between hemispheres in motor and language processes. Topics of interest include: Neuromodulation with TMS and TDCS, electrophysiological connectivity studied with MEG, linking TMS and MEG measurements of connectivity and inhibitory neuronal function, dissociating excitatory and inhibitory connectivity, and hemispheric lateralization of language and motor functions.
The Rotman Institute is fully equipped for cognitive neuroscience research, with a 3T MRI, 275-channel CTF MEG, TMS, HD-TDCS, several EEG systems, and an excellent infrastructure for patient recruitment and testing. We seek a candidate with excellent computational skills, academic interest in cognitive neuroscience, and a personal manner suitable for comfortable interactions with elderly patients with limited mobility and/or communication abilities. Prior experience with neuroimaging is helpful but not an absolute must.
The fellowship will start in the summer of 2022 (flexible; but early start date preferred) and offers ample opportunity for collaborations both within the institute and with other researchers in Toronto, and for professional development training.
The Rotman Research Institute (RRI) is a premier international centre for the study of human brain function. The RRI is committed to advancing knowledge of healthy aging and age-related disorders, such as dementia, stroke, and sensory loss, by building on its foundational strengths in psychology and its leadership in the innovative use of qualitative and quantitative methods and technologies
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Running physiological data collection sessions.
Working with individuals with disabilities.
Programming for experimental design and data analysis.
Dissemination of research results, including publications, conference presentations, public outreach, etc.
Qualifications include but are not limited to:
PhD or equivalent degree in psychology, neuroscience, kinesiology, engineering, or a similar field related to neurorehabilitation.
Knowledge of neurophysiological techniques such as EEG, EMG, TMS, MEG, fMRI.
Interest in language and motor systems.
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary team