Job Opportunities


Social Worker/ TBI Care Manager

MossRehab/ Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) seeks one individual to serve in the role of Traumatic Brain Injury Care Manager (TCM) for a multi-center pragmatic clinical trial being be conducted in the inpatient unit of the Drucker Brain Injury Center in Elkins Park, PA. We will consider applicants desiring part-time employment for a 3-month period. The TCM will be responsible for providing a telephone-based case management intervention for research participants with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Applicant Requirements:

Bachelors or Masters degree in Social Work or related field required. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Prior experience in working with persons with TBI and knowledge of local resources serving this population strongly preferred; prior experience in case management strongly preferred; prior experience in following a research protocol preferred. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Benefits package is competitive and dependent on proportion of full-time position worked. This position requires occasional work outside of regular business hours.

Send CV or resume, names and contact information for 3 professional references, and cover letter (required), including preferred number of hours per week, to Kevin Whelihan, MRRI Research Administrator, at whelihak@einstein.edu.


Research Assistant – Speech and Language Recovery Laboratory

Dr. Marja-Liisa Mailend, Director of the Speech and Language Recovery Lab of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) announces a new opening for a BA/BS-level research assistant supporting research on speech and language production in typical speakers and stroke-survivors with speech and language impairments. The position will begin in Spring/Summer 2021 and continue for two years, with possible extension.

Research in the Speech and Language Recovery Lab is focused on the underlying cognitive mechanism of speech and language impairments post stroke. The primary goal is to advance differential diagnosis and individualized treatments for effective speech and language rehabilitation. 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:
• Recruit and consent research participants
• 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
• 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

Applicant Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Applicants should have a strong academic background in speech-language pathology, speech & hearing science, cognitive psychology/cognitive science, linguistics, 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

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 Taylor Foley at: echevart@einstein.edu.

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

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position- Neuroplasticity and Motor Behavior Laboratory

The Neuroplasticity and Motor Behavior Laboratory at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow starting in summer/Fall 2021.

Under the direction of Shailesh Kantak, PhD, the laboratory investigates the neural and behavioral basis of control and learning of movements skills with a long-term goal to enhance motor recovery in patients with neurological disorders through innovative application of behavioral and brain stimulation techniques. The Fellow will specifically focus on investigating how individuals with stroke coordinate their arms to control and learn skilled bimanual actions. Research will involve motion tracking in neurotypicals and individuals with stroke; kinematic analyses of arm movements, transcranial magnetic stimulation and lesion-symptom mapping analyses to study the neural bases of skilled actions. More broadly, this work seeks to design clinical assessments and treatments to improve arm function after neurologic injury. The fellow will be expected to contribute to the current line of work, while exploring these larger themes to establish an independent line of work in motor control, learning and rehabilitation. This is a 2-3-year position and offers a competitive salary and benefits.

MRRI is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. MRRI maintains a strong postdoctoral NIH T32 training program. While the current position is not a NIH T32 position; the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the formal NIH T32 training curriculum in translational neurorehabilitation.

Applicants should hold a PhD, or anticipate a PhD by summer 2021, in Movement Science, Rehabilitation Science, Kinesiology, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with substantial interest and experience in motor control/learning, prior experience working with clinical populations; skills in programming, data analysis, and statistics; and a strong record of research productivity.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing research interests and future directions, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Shailesh Kantak PT PhD
Email: kantaksh@einstein.edu
Mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-663-6290
Fax: 215-663-6113

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Research Assistant – Neuroplasticity and Motor Behavior Laboratory

The Neuroplasticity and Motor Behavior Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an opening for a Research Assistant (RA) beginning in January 2020. Under the direction of Shailesh Kantak, PT, PhD, the laboratory conducts research on upper extremity motor learning, underlying brain mechanisms, and effective, evidence-based rehabilitation treatments for patients with neuromuscular disorders. The RA will gain valuable experience in collecting clinical, behavioral, and neurophysiological data from individuals with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and healthy controls. Specifically, the RA will gain experience with the collection and analyses of kinematic and kinetic data, Electromyography (EMG), and Noninvasive brain stimulation techniques such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). RAs in the lab also get opportunities in protocol ideation and implementation, the composition of manuscripts for publication, and posters for conference presentations. MRRI is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neuro-rehabilitation and the position offers competitive salary and benefits (medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement).

Position Responsibilities: With training, the research assistant will:

· Read, understand, and assist in designing experimental protocols
· Recruit, schedule, consent, and test participants according to experimental protocols
· Operate data acquiring hardware and software according to experimental protocols
· Process, reduce, and analyze acquired data with MATLAB scripts and in excel, redcap as directed by the PI
· Conduct literature reviews and assist in compiling references, writing manuscripts, and creating posters
· Track and manage all data collection and subject participant information by excel and paper filing systems as specifically required by the Internal Review Board.

Requirements for Applicants:

· BS or MS in Kinesiology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
· Interest in understanding human motor behavior and the brain.
· Excellent organization, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Preferences for Applicants:

· Prior research/clinical experience or training
· Experience programming in MATLAB

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing research interests and future directions, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Shailesh Kantak
Email: kanktaksh@einstein.edu
Mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-663-6290
Fax: 215-663-6113

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Anticipated Postdoctoral Fellow Position – Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory

The Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an anticipated opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow starting in early 2021.

Under the direction of Aaron Wong, Ph.D., the laboratory investigates how people acquire skilled actions through interactions between the motor system and cognition. The Fellow will specifically focus on investigating how individuals imitate and use tools, and how the neurological disorder of apraxia following left-hemisphere stroke disrupts these abilities. Research will involve motion tracking in neurotypicals and individuals with stroke; kinematic analysis of the upper limb; and lesion-symptom mapping approaches to explore brain-behavior relationships.

This project is a collaboration with Laurel Buxbaum, Psy.D. at MRRI, and John Krakauer, M.D. at Johns Hopkins University. More broadly, this work seeks to understand how people learn and plan complex, real-world behaviors, and the fellow will be encouraged to explore these larger themes in establishing an independent line of work.

MRRI is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. MRRI maintains a strong postdoctoral training program; the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the formal NIH T32 training curriculum in translational neurorehabilitation. This is an approximately 3-year position and offers a competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants should hold a PhD, or anticipate a PhD by Spring 2021, in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Kinesiology, or a closely related discipline. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with expertise or substantial interest in motor planning and cognition; prior experience working with clinical populations; skills in programming, data analysis, and statistics; and a strong record of research productivity.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing research interests and future directions, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Aaron Wong
Email: wongaaro@einstein.edu
Mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027

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Institute Scientist (Physician)

The Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), part of MossRehab and the Einstein Healthcare Network, seeks a physician-scientist to develop and direct a line of research that aligns with the Institute’s focus on translational neuroscience and neurorehabilitation and complements existing programs. This opening represents an outstanding opportunity to work with leading researchers in a well-established but growing and vibrant environment.

The ideal candidate will have formal research training (PhD), a demonstrated track record of research productivity, and show evidence of ability to independently lead a research program. Preference will be given to applicants at mid-career level with Board Certification in PM&R, and a track-record of funded research and practice in the area of traumatic brain injury. Consideration will be given to other relevant medical specialties and research MDs (no PhD) with substantial track record, and highly productive early career scientists who otherwise demonstrate suitability.

This position will commence with the majority of time dedicated to research and fully funded, with a competitive start-up package, and will be based at MossRehab Elkins Park, PA campus. A fraction of clinical practice load will be available and encouraged at MossRehab in a flexible manner to allow for the primary research focus and research-related calendar.

MRRI and MossRehab have a history of strong research and clinical integration, and this position will be instrumental in expanding this further.

Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer our employees unparalleled career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, pension, and malpractice insurance. EOE; MRRI values diversity and encourages applications from under-represented groups.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing research interests and future directions, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Kevin Whelihan, Administrator
Email: whelihak@einstein.edu
Mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA  19027

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral Training Opportunities in Patient-Oriented Research for Members of Underrepresented Groups

In collaboration with research collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) offers 3-year postdoctoral training opportunities in patient-oriented research with individuals with a range of neurologic conditions.  We are committed to diversity in neuroscience and to reversing historical barriers to success for underrepresented groups in academia.  Having operated a successful NIH-funded postdoctoral research training program for many years, we are currently well-positioned to obtain supplemental funding for qualified trainees who are members of eligible underrepresented groups.

Researchers from MRRIand the University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral Neurology and Center for Functional Neuroimaging), conduct collaborative research on patients with cognitive, communication, and movement impairments as a result of conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Program faculty span a spectrum from basic cognitive neuroscience to treatment trials of neurorehabilitation interventions, and are experienced in a range of cutting-edge research tools, including structural and functional neuroimaging, eye- and motion-tracking, computational modeling, virtual reality, psychopharmacology, transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. Trainees participate in a core curriculum and are immersed in research activities that provide opportunities for presentation, publication, and grant writing. They have opportunities to interact with patients and clinicians, program faculty of many disciplines, and fellow postdoctoral trainees.

The postdoctoral training program invites inquiries and applications from graduate students nearing completion of their degree and current postdoctoral fellows from relevant basic science (e.g., psychology, cognitive neuroscience, kinesiology) and clinical disciplines (e.g., clinical/neuropsychology, physical therapy, speech language therapy, occupational therapy). U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident status is required.

Possible Mentors:

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.

For further information, preliminary inquiries are welcome to the Program Director, Dr. John Whyte (jwhyte@einstein.edu).

When ready to submit an application, candidates should arrange to have 2 letters of reference sent to the email below. Additionally, they should submit a cover letter describing research interests, a desired primary (and possibly secondary) mentor, and a CV to:

Kevin Whelihan, Administrator
Email: whelihak@einstein.edu
Mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA  19027

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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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Equal Opportunity Employer

Einstein Healthcare Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences.