Dagmar Sternad

   Departments of Biology, Electrical & Computer Engineering,
   and Physics

Northeastern University
134 Mugar Life Science Building

360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Phone : 617.373.5093

e-mail : dagmar@neu.edu








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Position for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Motor Control

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work in the area of sensorimotor systems and computational neuroscience. Our research is on motor control and motor learning in human movement coordination, with a focus on stability and variability in human behavior and extensions to clinical populations and rehabilitation. Our interdisciplinary research program addresses questions in motor control from the perspective of coordinated behavior as a complex dynamical system, bridging disciplinary approaches from nonlinear dynamics, biomechanics and engineering, neuroscience and psychology. The overall goal of our research is to understand the generation of perceptually controlled behavior in biological systems at a macroscopic level.

Our lab is equipped with several experimental stations, ranging from two virtual reality set-ups with a robot manipulandum, 3D motion analysis system with surface EMG. The lab will also acquire more data collection systems in the near future. Our laboratory is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health and the Office of Naval Research. For more information visit our website.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: Physical and Engineering Sciences, Biology, Neuroscience or Psychology. The applicant should demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, and a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach to motor control and should have expertise in at least one of the following fields: motor control, biomechanics, dynamic modeling, motor neuroscience. Experience in programming is expected (Matlab, C++, Graphics programming, Statistics packages, etc.). He/she is expected to get involved in existing research projects but is also encouraged to bring to bear his/her expertise into the research project.

The Action Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University with affiliations to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Complex Systems. Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston and we have collaborations with colleagues in other institutions in the Boston area which provides a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary research. 

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, including a list of publications, and two letters of recommendation.

Positions for graduate and undergraduate students

We are currently seeking highly qualified graduate students to join our research in the Action Lab on the control and coordination of movements. Our lab is equipped with 3D motion capture device, a virtual environment for the study of interceptive tasks, a closed-loop torque motor set-up for investigating bimanual coordination, EMG, and other small custom-made devices. Student applicants from a variety of backgrounds are well suited to pursue our interdisciplinary research: Degrees can include biology, engineering, psychology, physics and computer science.