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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - The Cognitive-Motor Behavior Lab

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Boston, MA

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The Cognitive-Motor Behavior Lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (Principal Investigator: Dr. Prudence Plummer) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar (40 hours per week) to work on clinical and rehabilitation research in multiple sclerosis (MS). The position is funded by a National MS Society Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Training Grant.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for aspects of project management across several types of projects, new project design and development, data analysis, and dissemination activities. Initially, the postdoctoral fellow will play a crucial role in managing an ongoing clinical trial of combined pharmacological and rehabilitation interventions in people with MS and other studies investigating mechanisms of fatigue, visual attention during postural control tasks, and intervention-related clinical outcomes under different models of care. Information about the lab and projects can be found here:

The Mass General Brigham community is an outstanding environment for training in clinical and rehabilitation research. The successful fellow will receive training in developing scientific concepts and related analytical designs with a focus on rehabilitation clinical trials, mixed, methods, hybrid trials, and implementation science to prepare the postdoctoral fellow to contribute significantly to the field of rehabilitation research in MS.


  • Mentor-directed research activities (50%)
  • Dalfampridine combined with physical therapy for improving mobility impairment in people with MS
  • Sensorimotor mechanisms of fatigue in MS
  • Visual attention and postural stability during distracted walking
  • Examination of longitudinal rehabilitation outcome data in people with progressive MS
  • Identifying barriers to accessing rehabilitation by people with progressive MS
  • Postdoctoral fellow directed research activities (25%)
  • Development of an independent project related to MS rehabilitation and aligned with the focus of the Cognitive-Motor Behavior Lab
  • Professional development (10%)
  • Participation in weekly lab meetings
  • Supervisory responsibility and mentorship of doctoral and masters students
  • Conference attendance and participation
  • Attendance at weekly doctoral seminar
  • Selected courses, training workshops, seminars (15%), may include:
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Statistical methods
  • Implementation Science workshops
  • Design and conduct of clinical trials
  • Grant writing courses and workshops
  • Navigating NIH pathway to independence

    • Administrative office and occasionally in the clinical research facility

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    • PhD in a health or rehabilitation field.
    • Clinical training in a health or rehabilitation specialty (e.g., physical therapy) or well-aligned expertise without a clinical degree (e.g., kinesiology, human movement science). 
    • Interest in pursuing a career in rehabilitation research in MS.
    • Ability and willingness to commit to a minimum of 2 years to the postdoctoral fellowship.


    •       Excellent critical thinking and appraisal skills
    • Ability to learn quickly with sufficient resources and training, analytical thinker
    • Strong background in statistics, biostatistics
    • Experience with movement analysis systems and/or cognitive assessment
    • First author of one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications or preprint
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • ·      Ability to collaborate with other lab members and scientists

    About MGH Institute of Health Professions

    MGH Institute of Health Professions is a graduate school in Boston that provides entry-level and post-professional programs in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetic Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. The PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and a PhD and Master of Science in Health Professions Education have been added in recent years to meet rising demand for highly educated health care professionals, educators, and researchers. Integrating classroom learning with research and clinical experience, the Institute grants doctoral degrees, master's degrees, awards certificates of advanced study, and offers continuing education to practicing professionals.

    The IHP is the only degree-granting affiliate in Mass General Brigham (MGB), the largest private employer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Institute has been recognized multiple times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” A leading health sciences educational institution, MGH Institute provides students with outstanding academic programs, many of which are ranked among the best in the nation.

    MGH Institute of Health Professions has announced an organization-wide anti-racism initiative to think boldly about race and bring together all members of the IHP community to address systemic racial injustice as well as oppression more broadly. The plan seeks to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment and better support the diverse communities the school serves. We are excited about this new initiative and are hiring employees who are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and will contribute to our anti-racism and anti-oppression approach.

    Primary Location: MA-Charlestown-MGH IHP
    Work Locations:
    MGH IHP (MGHCharlestownIHP)
    36 First Avenue
    Charlestown, 02129

    Job: MD/PHD/Fellows/ PostDocs
    Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
    Schedule: Full-time
    Shift: Day Job
    Employee Status: Regular
    Job Posting: May 23, 2024


    MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is an innovative and interprofessional graduate school with post-baccalaureate, direct entry-level master’s and doctorate, and post-professional programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Speech-Language Pathology, Health Professions Education, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. The only degree-granting affiliate of the Partners HealthCare System, the MGH Institute offers its more than 1,500 students unparalleled opportunities to learn and work alongside expert practitioners in a variety of hospital, clinical, community, and educational settings. The school, which has graduated more than 5,400 students since its 1977 founding by Massachusetts General Hospital, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the school has been named for the past six years as a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    The MGH Institute of Health Professions is located at the Catherine Filene Shouse Building in Boston's historic Charlestown Navy Yard. Originally built in 1866, a complete interior renovation of the Shouse Building was completed in 2001, providing a state-of-the-art working and learning environment. The building also houses The Children's Quarters, which offers kindergarten and preschool daycare to both staff and students of the Institute and the Charlestown community. We employ more than 200 faculty, administration, and staff, and offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. The MGH Institute of Health Professions is an equal opportunity employer

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