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. Posted positions and their descriptions are available in the left hand column. All formal applications for paid positions must be made through the UMN job portal.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Opportunities
Under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek, NMRC brings together an interdisciplinary team of experts from neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, radiology, and engineering to advance neuromodulation therapies for movement disorders. Our group is part of the Udall Center for Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research awarded to the University of Minnesota in 2016. In the heart of Minnesota’s ‘Medical Alley’ our NIH-funded team fosters inventive, translational research aimed at training the next generation of researchers and clinicians and providing Minnesotans with world-class care.
We seek outstanding scientists interested in working in an NIH funded research program studying motor systems neurophysiology, the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD), mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in preclinical animal models of PD, and new DBS approaches. These postdoc positions, described in the left hand column, offer opportunities for multidisciplinary research, training in neuroengineering and neurophysiology, and career development.
The NMRC offers numerous opportunities for both funded and unfunded volunteer and intern positions. The interdisciplinary approach of our research means that students with backgrounds in many fields including, neuroscience, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, animal science, biology chemistry have the opportunity to conduct research in the Academic Health Center at the University. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have engineering, programming, or experience working with the statistical analysis of large data sets.
Typical interns usually work around ten hours a week in our clinical or pre-clinical labs working with and shadowing a researcher on the one of our NIH funded projects. Volunteers gain a holistic experience of their project, working on aspects from data collection to analysis and then to presentation with our cohort at the Society for Neuroscience conference or similar.
Numerous opportunities for funding of for-credit research exist for both UMN students and extramural applicants. Check out just a few of the opportunities below to enrich your experience with the NMRC in the left column.