Job Opportunities


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 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 40 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.

Position Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications:

BA/BS level minimum

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

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

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

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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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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.

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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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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.