The Minnesota Discovery Research InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative is a $36 million recurring investment by the state of Minnesota in groundbreaking research at the University of Minnesota. The goals of MnDRIVE are to advance Minnesota’s economy, enhance Minnesota’s competitive advantage, extend Minnesota’s position as a national leader in key industries, and improve the health and quality of life for Minnesota’s citizens. Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions is one of four core areas identified for substantial recurring investment.
MnDRIVE Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions supports the critical core functions of basic and translational neuromodulation research, clinical trials, and workforce development through traineeships in neuromodulation. A consortium of departments that includes Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry, seeks to recruit up to eight MnDRIVE Neuromodulation scholars with expertise that may include novel approaches to neuromodulation, the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation, transcranial stimulation and other noninvasive approaches, and optimizing the application of neuromodulation to a spectrum of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Three successful rounds of hiring were recently completed, resulting in the recruitment of five tenure-track scholars. For the fourth round of hiring, the consortium seeks to recruit scholars with neuromodulation-relevant expertise that includes:
• Novel engineering/biological aspects such as electrode and circuit design, current steering, closed loop control, neural interfacing and modeling.
• Dynamic brain mapping to optimize neuromodulation through identifying individualized biomarkers of disease and mapping responses to neuromodulation
• Neuromodulation in psychiatric conditions, addiction or pain to evaluate optimal stimulation paradigms, identify brain targets, and define patient populations.
• The study of mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of neuromodulation in neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions using systems neuroscience, modeling, and/or functional imaging techniques.
• Therapeutic neuromodulation interventions for movement disorders or neuropsychiatric conditions that optimize current therapies in existing patient populations, implement new approaches and techniques, explore new targets, and/or define new disease populations.
• Neuromodulation in movement disorders to maximize therapeutic benefits, implement new approaches, identify new target sites, and define new disease populations.
Applications will be accepted for tenured/tenure track appointments at the assistant, associate or full professor levels. The key criteria include, but are not limited to, scientific accomplishment, potential impact of future research, the ability to integrate with existing programs and translational initiatives with industry. Successful candidates must demonstrate the capability to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program, a commitment to medical, graduate or undergraduate education, and to collaborative, transdisciplinary program development.