Job Opportunities


Research Assistant Language and Learning Lab/Cognitive Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Lab

Erica Middleton, PhD, director of the Language and Learning Lab and Edward Wlotko, PhD, director of the Cognitive Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Lab seek a BA/BS-level research assistant supporting research on language processing in typical speakers and stroke-survivors with language and cognitive impairments. The position will begin in Spring/Summer 2018 and continue for two years, with possible extension.

The Language and Learning Lab focuses on advancing an understanding of the cognitive basis of aphasia and mechanisms of language change in the service of promoting effective rehabilitation. The Cognitive Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Lab investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language processing; current work uses EEG/ERP to examine sentence comprehension in neuropsychological populations and to characterize language impairments after left- vs. right-hemisphere stroke. The position will be divided approximately equally between the two labs, including some collaborative projects involving both labs. Opportunities for further enrichment are available through interactions with our colleagues at MRRI, a unique environment with a highly active research community situated in the context of a rehabilitation hospital.

With appropriate training and supervision, the successful candidate will:

  • administer standardized assessments of cognitive and language function to patients and to neurologically intact individuals
  • help design and conduct experimental studies using computer-administered protocols, eye tracking, and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) methods
  • manage, process, and analyze data
  • learn and apply brain lesion image segmentation and lesion-symptom mapping analysis
  • participate in other aspects of research and lab operation as warranted

A bachelor’s degree is required. Applicants should have a strong academic background in cognitive psychology/cognitive science, psycholinguistics, linguistics, speech & hearing science, and/or neuroscience, with coursework in statistics and research methods. Preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience and coursework in relevant areas. Other qualifications include:

  • evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills
  • demonstration of willingness and ability to flexibly learn new techniques in a dynamic environment
  • prior experience in a human subjects research setting is strongly preferred

MRRI and Moss Rehab are part of the Einstein Healthcare Network, an Equal Opportunity Employer located in the Philadelphia area. Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer its employees outstanding career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits with medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement.

Send cover letter including, when applicable, a description of prior relevant research experience, C.V. (including a list of relevant coursework), and at least two letters of reference (including details of performance in prior research roles, if applicable) to Jeremy Kirkwood at: kirkwooj@einstein.edu.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Position is available immediately.


Traumatic Brain Injury Scientists

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) seeks a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) researcher with an excellent clinical research record or exceptional promise for an independent research career.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, rehabilitation science, rehabilitation medicine, neuroscience, or an affiliated discipline, and a strong track record of specialization in TBI. Rank and specific interests are open, but preference will be given to mid-career scientists and to those with interest in moderate to severe TBI.

MRRI encourages both cognitive neuroscience and applied clinical research along the translational “pipeline” including neuroimaging, development of novel assessment techniques, and research on behavioral and pharmacologic treatments. MRRI faculty enjoy extensive collaborative networks, both locally (e.g., at University of Pennsylvania) and nationally in the TBI Model System program, to which MRRI has belonged since 1997. Commensurate with experience, the new TBI scientist may have opportunities to assume leadership roles in the Moss TBI Model System and in other government-funded projects.

MRRI is internationally known for its theory driven program of basic and applied neurorehabilitation research, and its strong tradition of collaborative multidisciplinary research. Large and well known clinical programs in neurorehabilitation at MossRehab provide a large participant population and rich opportunities for clinical/research integration. MRRI maintains a registry of 2,000 individuals who are interested in participating in neurorehabilitation research, and the Moss TBI Model System database includes over 1,000 well characterized participants who have agreed to be contacted for future projects.

MRRI’s convenient location in the Philadelphia area is a short trip to New York City, Baltimore, and Washington. Extremely affordable for a northeastern city of its size, Philadelphia is rich in cultural opportunities and home to numerous colleges and academic medical centers, providing MRRI scientists with extensive opportunities for mentoring and scientific collaboration.

Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer our employees outstanding career opportunities, including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement.

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter describing current research programs and proposed future directions in the MRRI environment, along with CV to: Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator; MRRI, MossRehab @ Elkins Park, 50 Township Line Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 or whelihak@einstein.edu .

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We also welcome informal approaches by email or phone that begin a conversation that may eventually lead to an application; such inquiries can be directed to John Whyte, MD, PhD, director of MRRI (jwhyte@einstein.edu), or other MRRI faculty.



Post-doctoral Fellowships in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation

Three year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident status is required for these fellowships.

Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career.

Additional Information can be found at: http://mrri.org/T32.html.


Student Volunteers

On occasion, one or more of the Labs at MRRI accepts graduate or undergraduate students to assist with Lab activities for a limited period of time, typically during the summer. These are unpaid positions and may be full- or part-time. Send an email to the Director of the Lab(s) that interest you to inquire about availability of volunteer positions.

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