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Join the Team!

The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC), under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek as center director of the Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Research and the Neuromodulation Research Program, is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral associates to join its team of dedicated, collaborative researchers. We seek outstanding scientists interested in working in an NIH funded research program studying motor systems neurophysiology, the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease, and mechanisms of deep brain stimulation in clinical and pre-clinical models. The official position postings can be found by searching for Job Posting #’s indicated below at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs

Projects include:


Circuit-Based Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease:

This clinical research study utilizes intraoperative microelectrode recordings and recordings from externalized deep brain stimulation electrode in PD patients to study how movement disorders and therapeutic interventions impact neuronal network activity, and how these changes relate to the development and improvement in symptom severity. (#325012)

For more information on this project, please email Dr. Joshua Aman: aman0038@umn.edu


Basal Ganglia Cortical Coupling and Connectivity Changes in PD and DBS:

This position is focused on the analysis of large-scale neuronal populations, characterization of circuit connectivity in Parkinson’s disease, and development of closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches for the treatment of movement disorders. (#328718)

For more information on this project, please email Dr. David Escobar: descobar@umn.edu


Effects of Parkinson’s Disease and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on Sleep Neurophysiology:

Using the MPTP non-human primate model of Parkinson’s disease, this study aims to provide a better understanding of the brain circuitry involved in disordered sleep in parkinsonism and inform the development of targeted therapeutic interventions to treat sleep disorders in people with neurodegenerative disease. (#328083)

For more information on this project, please email Dr. Luke Johnson: joh03032@umn.edu


The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) offers a collaborative and translationally focused training environment, and brings together the University of Minnesota’s experts from engineering, neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, and radiology to advance the understanding of brain disorders and neuromodulation therapies for these disorders. The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Potential roles and levels in the NMRC range from student volunteers, junior scientists, post-doctoral fellows to research associate and faculty levels when available. 


For general inquiries please contact Wyatt Doepke

NMRC Lab Operations Scientist