Job Opportunities


Research AssistantSensorimotor Learning Laboratory

The Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an opening for a Research Assistant (RA) beginning in the fall of 2020. Under the direction of Amanda Therrien, PhD, the laboratory studies how interactions between the sensory and motor systems contribute to the learning and control of movement. This research involves a combination of behavioral assessment, using robotic and optical motion tracking, and computational modeling approaches. The RA will learn to design scientific experiments and write experimental control software for passive kinematics recording and active robotic perturbations of the upper extremity, as well as collect and analyze clinical and behavioral data from neurologically healthy individuals and patients with neurologic disorders. Additionally, the RA will assist with the composition of manuscripts for publication and presentations at scientific meetings. MRRI is internationally recognized for research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, and the position offers competitive salary and benefits (medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement).

Position Responsibilities:

  • Read, understand, and assist in designing experimental protocols
  • Program experiment control software in Python, C++ and Simulink
  • Recruit, schedule, consent, and test participants according to experimental protocols
  • Conduct experiments, including operation of related hardware and software
  • Process and analyze acquired data with MATLAB/Python and R scripts as directed by PI
  • Assist in conducting literature reviews, compiling references, writing manuscripts, and creating posters
  • Track and manage data collection and subject participant information by Excel and paper filing systems as specifically required by the Internal Review Board.

Requirements for Applicants:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Kinesiology, or a closely related discipline.
  • Proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: MATLAB/Simulink, C++, Python
  • Interest in understanding human motor behavior and the brain.
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Preferences for Applicants:

  • Prior research/clinical experience or training
  • Knowledgeable in data analysis and statistics

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Amanda Therrien
Email: therriea@einstein.edu
Office Phone: 215-663-6329
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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Research AssistantCognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory

The Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an opening for a Research Assistant beginning in Fall 2020. Under the direction of Aaron Wong, Ph.D., the laboratory investigates how people acquire skilled actions through interactions between the motor system and cognition. This research involves studies in neurotypical individuals and in patients with neurological disorders (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease) involving motion tracking and kinematic analysis of the eyes and upper extremities. The RA will gain valuable experience with all stages of the scientific process spanning experiment conception and design through data analysis and presentation. Specifically, the RA will learn to design experiments, write experimental control software for passive kinematics recordings and active robotic perturbations of the limb, and collect and analyze clinical and behavioral data from healthy controls and neurological patients. Furthermore, the RA will assist in 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.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Read, understand, and assist in designing experimental protocols
  • Program experiment control software, primarily in C++ and Simulink
  • Recruit, schedule, consent, and test participants according to experimental protocols, including operation of relevant hardware and software
  • Process, analyze, and model data with assistance of PI
  • Conduct literature reviews and assist in writing manuscripts and creating posters
  • Track and manage all data collection and subject participant information as required by the Internal Review Board

Requirements for Applicants:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Kinesiology, or a closely related discipline
  • Interest in understanding human motor behavior and the brain
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: MATLAB/Simulink, C++, python, R

Preferences for Applicants:

  • Prior research/clinical experience or training
  • Knowledgeable in data analysis and statistics

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing thier qualifications, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Aaron Wong
Email: wongaaro@einstein.edu
Office Phone: 215-663-6747
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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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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Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation

Post-doctoral fellowship opportunities are available at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), funded by an NIH T32 fellowship in translational neurorehabilitation research and/or by MRRI. Fellowships are offered as a collaborative opportunity between researchers from Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral Neurology and Center for Functional Neuroimaging). This program currently has an opening for a qualified applicant from an underrepresented minority, through NIH’s minority supplement program. U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident status is required for NIH-supported fellowships.

The program will train 4-5 postdoctoral fellows at a time, recruited from basic science and clinical disciplines, using a mixture of didactic and hands-on training methods.

Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using 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.

We are 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. All things being equal, consideration is given to candidates who identify themselves 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.

Mentors Include:

  • Laurel Buxbaum (MRRI)
  • Anjan Chatterjee (PENN)
  • Branch Coslett (PENN)
  • John Detre (PENN)
  • Dylan Edwards (MRRI)
  • Murray Grossman (PENN)
  • Roy Hamilton (PENN)
  • Shailesh Kantak (MRRI)
  • Erica Middleton (MRRI)
  • Amanda Rabinowitz (MRRI)
  • John Whyte (MRRI)

Applications should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator (whelihak@einstein.edu), and must include:

  • Current CV
  • Letter describing research interests and career goals given the translational focus of the training program. Applicants should indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, a secondary mentor. The mentors should offer a good fit in balancing basic and applied aspects of the candidate’s interests.
  • 2-3 letters of reference

Applications will be accepted until fellowships are 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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Einstein Healthcare Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.