Job Opportunities


Research Participant Recruiter – The Klein Family Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center

The Klein Family Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center, a joint initiative of MossRehab and the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) (part of the Einstein Healthcare Network), is seeking a research participant recruiter to work 20 hours per week. The Klein Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center is a new initiative seeking to improve care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease through increased integration of clinical, rehabilitative, and research efforts. This position will play a key role in advancing the mission of the Research Registry arm of the Center: to increase patient involvement in research at MRRI by providing recruitment infrastructure and support for MRRI research labs that study how Parkinson’s Disease impacts cognition, behavior, and movement.

Responsibilities include screening patients for eligibility to participate in the Research Registry using hospital charts and neuropsychological assessments; educating patients and families about research participation opportunities at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute; entry and updating of research participant information in an in-house database; working with other Registry team members to optimize Registry procedures and participant outreach; and assisting with the development and expansion of the Center. This position is based at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Elkins Park, PA, and requires travel to other MossRehab locations. Must be a clear and effective communicator, have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and be capable of learning on the job and working independently. The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with patients or special populations. Preferred: knowledge of medical terminology and familiarity with clinical and/or outpatient therapy settings.

Einstein Healthcare Network offers a competitive salary and healthcare benefits package along with tuition reimbursement.

Qualifications:

BA/BS level minimum.

Application Requirements:

Eligible applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of 2 references that can attest to your work and/or academic history and why you are a strong candidate for the position relative to the above requirements.

Interested applicants may EMAIL or MAIL their resume and references to:

Aaron L. Wong, PhD
Email: wongaaro@einstein.edu
Phone: 215 663-6747
Mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute; 50 Township Line Rd., Elkins Park, PA, 19027.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation

Two-year NIH-funded fellowships (with the possibility of extension to a third year) are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Behavioral Neurology and Center for Functional Neuroimaging) for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation.

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 and/or to use research with patients and neurotypical adults to understand brain-behavior relationships. 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.

The program trains 3-4 postdoctoral fellows at a time using a mixture of didactic and hands-on training methods. Program faculty collectively have expertise in cognitive neuroscience; impairment assessment; naturalistic assessment; modulation of neuronal plasticity and learning mechanisms; and theory-driven treatment trials, 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.

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 under-represented 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)
  • Branch Coslett (PENN)
  • Dylan Edwards (MRRI)
  • Roy Hamilton (PENN)
  • Shailesh Kantak (MRRI)
  • Erica Middleton (MRRI)
  • Amanda Rabinowitz (MRRI)
  • Aaron Wong (MRRI)

More information about MRRI is available on our website, www.mrri.org

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

  • Current CV
  • Letter describing research interests and career goals
  • Applicant should indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, a secondary mentor
  • 2-3 letters of reference

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2021

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Research Assistant (per diem): Animal-Assisted Therapy Study

Sharon M. Antonucci, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is currently applicants for a position as a per diem research
assistant on an NIH-funded study of animal-assisted treatment for people with aphasia. As part of the
study, individuals with aphasia, an acquired language impairment most commonly occurring after
stroke, are trained in positive reinforcement techniques to teach dogs basic obedience skills. This
position is based at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Elkins Park, PA, and requires travel
to other locations.

With appropriate training and supervision, the successful candidate will:

  • Read, understand, and assist in implementing dog training protocols
  • Recruit and schedule participants according to experimental protocols
  • Collect data (including video recording and paper documentation) and provide other logistical assistance during dog training sessions
  • Track and manage data collection and subject participant information via electronic and paper-based filing systems as specified by the Internal Review Board.
  • Assist in conducting literature reviews, compiling references, writing manuscripts, and creating posters

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Applicants should have a strong academic
background or relevant experience in cognitive psychology/cognitive science, speech & hearing
science, and/or positive reinforcement/force-free dog training. Preference will be given to applicants
with prior experience in relevant areas, including human subjects’ research and interacting with dogs.
Applicants able to commit to the position for two years will be given strong priority. Other
qualifications include:

  • Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstration of willingness and ability to flexibly learn new techniques in a dynamic environment

MRRI and MossRehab are part of the Einstein Healthcare Network, an Equal Opportunity Employer
located in the Philadelphia area.

Send to Sharon M. Antonucci at antonucs@einstein.edu.

  • Cover letter including a description of prior relevant experience
  • Resume/CV
  • At least two letters of reference (including details of performance in prior research roles, if applicable)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Speech-Language Pathologist (per diem): Program for People with Primary Progressive Aphasia

The MossRehab Aphasia Center is currently seeking applicants for a per diem speech-language
pathologist as part of a team offering a strategy training and education program for individuals with
primary progressive aphasia (PPA).

Position Responsibilities:

As part of the program, individuals with PPA and their primary
communication partner will participate in an 8-day comprehensive program that will include individual
treatment, group meetings, and education sessions. The program is planned to run for four
consecutive Saturday/Sundays in January 2022. In addition, SLPs will participate in pre-program
training meetings, baseline assessment, and follow-up sessions with participants. The timeline for
activities is mid-September 2021-June 2022. All meetings and program activities will be conducted
via Zoom for Healthcare.

  • With appropriate mentoring, the successful candidate will:
  • Administer and score/code assessments of language and communication, quality of life, and
  • discourse production
  • Deliver and document via individual sessions evidence-based treatment for persons with PPA
  • and their communication partners
  • Participate in conversational support, recreation/socialization, and educational groups
  • Work on a team of SLPs using a person-centered approach to rehabilitation

Qualifications

Applicants must be state licensed, ASHA certified, speech-language pathologists. Applicants should
have experience working with adults with neurogenic communication impairments. Familiarity with
theoretically-motivated treatments founded in cognitive-neuropsychological, social/functional, and life
participation approaches is strongly preferred. Other qualifications include:

  • Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstration of willingness and ability to flexibly learn new techniques in a dynamic environment

MRRI and MossRehab are part of the Einstein Healthcare Network, an Equal Opportunity Employer located in the Philadelphia area.

Send to Sharon M. Antonucci at antonucs@einstein.edu.

  • Cover letter including a description of prior relevant experience
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of reference (including details of performance in clinical roles)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Research Participant Recruiter / Clinical Data Assistant – Traumatic Brain Injury & Stroke

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) and MossRehab, part of the Einstein Healthcare Network, are seeking to fill a full-time position involving a mixture of research recruitment and innovative rehabilitation treatment. This position provides significant clinical and research exposure with TBI and stroke populations, as well as access to various educational venues.

Position Responsibilities:

The person filling this position will be involved in a range of research and clinical duties related to neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. Research duties include screening patients for eligibility to participate in the Research Registry using hospital charts and neuropsychological assessments: educating patients and families about research participation opportunities at MRRI; entry and updating of research participant information in the registry database; and working with other Registry team members to optimize registry procedures and participant outreach. 

Clinical duties include supporting the rehabilitation team in collecting systematic data to evaluate the cognitive functioning of patients with disorders of consciousness (vegetative and minimally conscious states). Primary work sites will be MossRehab/Einstein at Elkins Park, and the Center for Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Pennsylvania.  

MossRehab/Einstein is a supportive, stimulating academic environment offering many training opportunities, including close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, and is located near the vibrant city of Philadelphia. We offer competitive compensation, an attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement. For more information, see www.mrri.org, www.mossrehab.com/Acquired-Brain-Injury/responsiveness-program.html.

Qualifications:

Strong academic background at the Bachelor or Master’s level in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a closely related field, and prior human behavioral research experience. Excellent organizational and communication skills (both oral and written) are essential. Familiarity with data analysis, exposure to clinical populations and previous experience with psychological and/or neuroimaging research are strongly preferred. Applicants able to commit to the position for 2 years will be given strong priority.

To apply, please email, mail, or fax their resumes and three references to Kevin Whelihan:

whelihak@einstein.edu
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Road
Suite 100, Medical Arts Building
Elkins Park, PA  19027
Kevin Whelihan
Fax: 215-663-6113

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Research Assistant – Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory

The Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) has an opening for a Research Assistant (RA) beginning in the fall of 2021. 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 C++, Matlab/Simulink, Unity
  • 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++, Unity
  • 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 and/or knowledgeable in statistics.

To apply, please email the following to Dr. Therrien (therriea@einstein.edu):

  • Cover Letter
  • C.V. or Resume
  • Contact Information for 3 References

Dr. Amanda Therrien
Email: therriea@einstein.edu
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA, 19027
Phone: 2015-663-6329

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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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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.