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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Positions in Neuromodulation, University of Minnesota

The Minnesota Discovery Research InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) is a $36 million recurring investment by the state of Minnesota in groundbreaking research at the University of Minnesota. The goals of MnDRIVE are to advance Minnesota’s economy, enhance Minnesota’s competitive advantage, extend Minnesota’s position as a national leader in key industries, and improve Minnesota’s health and quality of life. Neuromodulation is one of the four areas identified for substantial recurring investment. A consortium of departments and colleges seek to hire up to 7 faculty members in neuromodulation, including but not limited to, Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry. The areas of interest range from novel approaches to neuromodulation, the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation, transcranial stimulation and other approaches, and optimize the application of neuromodulation to a spectrum of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Examples of research interests include:

- Optogenetics to manipulate neurons/neural circuits to understand both normal and abnormal functions in disease models
- Novel engineering/biological aspects such as electrode design, current steering, closed loop control, neural interfacing and modeling.
- Dynamic brain mapping to optimize neuromodulation through identifying individualized biomarkers of disease and mapping responses to neuromodulation
- Mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and dystonia using systems, modeling, and/or functional imaging techniques
- Neuromodulation in movement disorders to maximize therapeutic benefits, implement new approaches, identify new target sites, and define new disease populations
- Neuromodulation in psychiatric disorders to evaluate optimal stimulation paradigms, identify brain targets and define patient populations
- Noninvasive stimulation for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric brain disorders with the goal to understand how these modalities alter neural circuits and how to maximize clinical effectiveness

Applications are being accepted for these tenure/tenure-track appointments at the Assistant, Associate and Professor levels. MnDRIVE Neuromodulation is particularly interested in clinician-scientists using state-of-the-art neuromodulation approaches to investigate neurological diseases with strong, laboratory-based or clinical research programs. The key criteria include but are not limited to scientific accomplishment, potential impact of future research, the ability to integrate with existing programs and translational initiatives with industry. Successful candidates must demonstrate the capability to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program, a commitment to medical, graduate or undergraduate education, and leadership through vision and collaborative program development.

Candidates for these tenure/ tenure-track faculty appointments will have Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees; scholars will have established programs or experience in neuromodulation. Successful recruits will receive substantial recurring salary support from MnDRIVE Neuromodulation, an excellent startup package, and laboratory space. Departmental affiliation will be determined by a combination of the applicant’s research interests and relevance of applicant’s research program and teaching/clinical interests to departmental mission. For Assistant Professor appointments, candidates are expected to have relevant doctoral and postdoctoral training and research accomplishments consistent with developing a nationally recognized and independent research program. Associate or Full Professor appointments require demonstrated independence and research productivity, including a strong track record of major external funding and peer-reviewed publications. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or be eligible to secure permanent residence status. The starting date is negotiable, with appointments available as soon as Spring 2014. The University of Minnesota is committed to diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Review of applications will commence December 1, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and intentions, and three letters of reference to: MnDRIVE: Neuromodulation Faculty Search Committee, Attention: Rosalyn Segal, Medical School Dean's Office, MMC 293, 420 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Email rsegal@xxxxxxx. Electronic versions of the required information should be e-mailed but must be followed with a hard-copy for the official search files. Applications will not be reviewed until ALL materials have been received electronically. Applicants must also complete the online application. This may be found at http://employment.umn.edu under requisition #188003 or by using the quick link http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=115994.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.