University of Minnesota
January 3, 2019
Minneapolis, MN
Job Type
Contact Person/Department
Luke Johnson PhD, Neurology Department


Postdoctoral Position Available in the Neuromodulation Research Center at the University of Minnesota

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

The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) at the University of Minnesota is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to study the effects of parkinsonism and deep brain stimulation (DBS) on basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuitry during sleep-wake behavior. Under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Vitek M.D., PhD, and Dr. Luke Johnson, Ph.D., the fellow will work collaboratively within the NMRC on preclinical studies using a non-human primate model of Parkinson’s disease. Results from this study will 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. The applicant may also have the opportunity to be involved in clinical research studies in patients receiving DBS implants.

Candidates with a background in sleep physiology are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate should have a strong quantitative background and signal processing expertise appropriate for the analysis of neural activity. Experience conducting neurophysiology experiments in animal models is preferred but not required. The candidate should have a strong record of presenting research results through publications and presentations.

For more information please email Luke Johnson ([email protected]) with your CV.

The official position posting can be found by searching for Job Posting #328083 at

The Neuromodulation Research Center ( 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.


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