Accurate movement execution is the result of a complex interplay between
various muscle groups whose activity is controlled by different areas of the
central nervous system (CNS). Besides the corticospinal system, the
phylogenetically old reticulospinal system is a key motor system controlling
different elementary movements including posture, locomotion and targeted
movements (e.g. reaching) across all mammals. In contrast to the extensively
investigated corticospinal system, there is only sparse knowledge on the motor
physiology of the functionally important reticulospinal system in humans.
The research projects of the advertised PhD position will tackle the role of
the reticulospinal system in movement control and recovery of motor function
in subjects with spinal cord injury (SCI). Based on animal research, the
reticulospinal system bears a high potential for neuroplastic adaptions that
underlie functional recovery after SCI. Confirmatory data from patients with
SCI are virtually lacking. The research projects of this PhD will use state-
of-the-art techniques to gain novel, elementary insights into reticulospinal
motor physiology and neuroplasticity that might set the stage for a better
exploitation of this key motor system in neurological rehabilitation.
University degree in biology, biomedicine, medicine, health sciences or
good knowledge in data handling, analysis and statistics
basic to good knowledge in programming (MATLAB, Python)
advanced German or English language is mandatory
What we offer
We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.
Place of work
University Hospital Balgrist, Forchstrasse 340, 8008 Zurich
Start of employment
Employment start date: 1.10.2021 or later upon agreement.
Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Movement Science, Physiology, or Biomedical
team to assist with collecting and analyzing data gathered from human subjects
successful candidate will work under the mentorship of a highly
Undergraduate or masters degree in Biomechanics,...