Assistant Professor of Research of Physical Therapy

University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor of Research of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Faculty Los Angeles, California

USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy invites applicants for a full-time, research track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Research. The Division’s scholarly and research programs are broadly defined to support two educational programs within the Division: Biokinesiology (PhD and MS) and Physical Therapy (DPT), and four credentialed physical therapy residency programs. The faculty direct a total of 14 research labs and many hold secondary appointments within the USC Keck School of Medicine, the university-wide Neuroscience Graduate Program, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The division seeks in all its many facets to be an energetic participant in the USC Strategic Vision to “address global challenges, spark creativity, invent and innovate, connect peoples and help improve the quality of life.”

This position is primarily sponsored by a grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is a 5-year grant entitled “Motor cortical neuromodulation in women with Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome: reducing pain by improving brain and muscle activity”, which aims to perform the first randomized controlled trial of non-invasive brain stimulation to reduce bladder pain. Applicants will be expected to develop an independent line of research, and apply for external funding, in how neuromodulation can improve clinical outcomes in patients treated with physical therapy, particularly pelvic floor physical therapy for chronic pelvic pain and incontinence. It is expected that the applicant may participant in teaching/advisement in these topics in the Division’s educational programs.

Required Background:

Applicants need a high level of proficiency in neuromodulation and neuroimaging. Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  •  A PhD or MD/PhD with doctoral training in kinesiology, neuroscience, physiology, urology, or related field
  •  Post-doctoral experience and publication record in neuroimaging and neuromodulation
  •  Experience in repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) protocol design, implementation, and safety
  •  Experience in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG)
  •  Experience in mentorship

Salary and rank will be based on qualifications and experience. USC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, members of underrepresented communities and person with disabilities.

Application Procedure:

Please submit: (1) a letter of interest outlining experience in research, leadership, management, innovation, classroom instruction, curriculum development, student advisement, and (2) a curriculum vitae. Please direct inquiries to: Lydia Vazquez, Division Administrator; Tel: (323) 442-1883; e-mail:

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, color, gender, creed, and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship.

REQ20095349 Posted Date: 12/02/2020