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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity – Clinical Research Scientist for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinical Trials

There is an opening for a clinical neuroscience postdoctoral trainee. The appointment is for 24-months with the potential to extend for an additional 12 months. Postdoctoral trainee role/ education includes treatment and testing of individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (training provided), and equipment management. Role also includes providing input for study design, grants and manuscripts, creating print quality images that reflect core findings and other activities as needed to sustain the lab.

Qualified candidates will have experience in clinical research including administering standardized assessments and providing basic patient care. Position provides opportunities to advance as a neuroscientist. The primary location for the open advanced post-doctoral positions is at Edward Hines Jr. VA, in Hines, IL, with treatment sites at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago IL. Pay range is $50-60K (commensurate with experience based on published VA office of academic affairs guidelines, which are similar to NIH guidelines). Position includes benefits (medical, dental, vision, vacation & sick leave) and a stipend to support education/research expenses based on available funds (restrictions do apply to the stipend).

About the Pape Lab & clinical research for TBI at Hines VA                                  

Dr. Theresa Pape and the Pape Lab at Hines VA and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, department of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, are focused on multiple aspects of advancing the care of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including novel treatments, methodologies, and advancing neurobehavioral and neuroscience psychometric measures in TBI. Specifically, we are currently running clinical trials with TMS, cognitive-behavioral training, sound-based therapies and home-based treatment/assessment models. Our clinical trials are often nationally and internationally collaborative.


  • US Citizenship
  • PhD (Psychology, Speech, Language, Hearing Science, Cognitive Science or related field) with less than 5 years of post-doc experience
  • Highly motivated & Independent self-starter who can work independently, find solutions, and keep work moving forward
  • Strong experience with working with clinical populations

Technical skills

  • Navigate between MAC, PC, Linux
  • Ability to run some basic stats (e.g., R, SPSS, MATLAB, excel)

Additional skills desired

  • Experience scripting/automating processes
  • Experience updating legacy scripts/code
  • EEG design & analysis

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.