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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Helen Bronte-Stewart

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Bronte-Stewart, Helen
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Neurology & Neurological Sci
Appointment Start Date: 
Prior to September 2023
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Send application materials to Kevin Wilkins (wilkins2 at

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY24 minimum is $71,650.

The Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Lab under Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart ( part of the Stanford Movement disorders Center within the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with neuroimaging expertise to investigate cognitive-motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.
The current position is for a project where we will be conducting a pilot clinical trial using a novel deep brain stimulation approach for cognitive and cognitive-motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. The candidate will help validate the use of a novel target for deep brain stimulation using a combination of tractography and DBS modeling (e.g., volume of tissue activated). You will work together with neurosurgeons, radiologists, and neurologists on the trial to validate various trajectories and targets. You will work with stimulation modeling software to individualize stimulation parameters for participants to optimize efficacy. In addition to your role on this project, you will get the chance to investigate structural differences in brain morphology between different neurodegenerative diseases. The current position offers an exceptional opportunity for neuroscientists with a background in structural neuroimaging and/or cognition to apply these skills in a clinically-relevant domain.
The desired candidate would have a PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline with experience in neuroimaging, cognition, and motor control. Preferred start date is before September 2023 but is flexible.

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD in Neuroscience or related disciplines with expertise in data science
  • Experience in structural neuroimaging (tractography, voxel-based morphometry, etc.)
  • Experience working in the area of cognition and motor control
  • Comfortable analyzing data in Matlab, Python, or similar languages
  • Strong data science skills
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately
  • Excellent problem-solving ability

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Parkinson’s disease or other clinical populations
  • Experience with deep brain stimulation modeling (volumes of tissue activated, etc.)
  • Experience with larger data sets
Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • Cover letter describing interest and relevant experience for the project
  • Three potential reference contacts (We will not contact references until confirming with you)


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.