Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation

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Job Openings

Post -Doctoral Position (Posted - 10/13)

A funded postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS) under the direction of Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, a behavioral neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The central thrust of work in the LCNS is to use electrical and magnetic noninvasive brain stimulation to explore the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the intact and injured adult human brain. The laboratory focuses largely on recovery from aphasia and is seeking a postdoctoral trainee with a research background in the cognitive neuroscience of language, neural mechanisms of aphasia recovery, or neurorehabilitation of cognition after brain injury.

The ideal candidate must have experience in one or more of the following areas: behavioral studies in brain-injured patient populations, functional or anatomical imaging techniques, advanced statistics, or noninvasive brain stimulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial direct current stimulation). A track record of prior academic authorship is strongly encouraged. Moreover, an ideal candidate must be able to work independently and proactively propose and test new ideas that are relevant to his or her projects. Good oral and written communication skills are expected. The fellow will train with Dr. Hamilton as a primary mentor, but will also be expected to interact and collaborate with a network of outstanding peers and secondary mentors in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) and the Department of Neurology at Penn.

Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or comparable degree. While applicants with a wide range of training backgrounds will be considered, a doctoral degree in psychology or cognitive neuroscience will be considered a strong asset to the position. This is a 2-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to 5 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. Salary for postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Hamilton (roy.hamilton AT

Research Specialist (Posted 11/13)

A full-time position for a Research Specialist is available in the laboratory of Dr. Roy Hamilton in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Current research topics include neuroplasticity in adult humans, both in the intact brain and in the brains of patients with neurologic injury. A major focus of research is facilitation of neuroplasticity for the purposes of neurorehabilitation. Many experiments involve the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), noninvasive techniques that permit focal manipulation of cortical activity. A Research Specialists responsibilities would include administering cognitive tests to patients and healthy controls, statistical analyses, task generation and scripting (with eprime or PsychoPy, etc), literature searches, maintaining IRB compliance, and other administrative tasks. In time, highly motivated research specialists could be given the opportunity to join in study design, analyses and publication authorship. Research Specialist are encouraged to participate in the active life of the division of Cognitive Neurology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Both have close ties with the Departments of Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy, the Center for Functional Neuroimaging, the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, and the Institute of Neurological Sciences. Some participation in courses or seminars could be arranged.


Essential Qualifications: BA or BS degree with major in psychology, linguistics, cognitive sciences, natural science, computational sciences, or biomedical engineering. Psychological or other research experience. Experience with digital and analog hardware. Strong organizational ability.

Desirable Qualifications: Prior experience with noninvasive brain stimulation or neuroimaging. Knowledge of statistical methods and mathematics. Excellent communication skills. Experience with research involving patients.

The principle investigator also has an active interest in promoting diversity in academic medicine; underrepresented minorities and other individuals with interest or experience in this area are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Hamilton (roy.hamilton AT

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