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Postdoctoral Training

Program Description

The interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program provides structured research experiences to qualified individuals interested in academic and clinical careers related to disability, rehabilitation and recovery. Postdoctoral fellows plan, conduct, and disseminate research in collaboration with a mentor and interdisciplinary team focusing in one of the following areas: muscle biology of rehabilitation, aging and geriatric rehabilitation, clinical and community rehabilitation, and population-based health services rehabilitation.

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Postdoctoral positions are supported for two to three years, contingent upon the availability of funds. Initial stipends range from $40,000 to $42,000, depending on previous experience. Funding is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research1, the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, various research grants and university endowments.

  1. Grant# H133P110012, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program - National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education


Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent, ScD) and training in a rehabilitation related field - rehabilitation medicine/science, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, neuroscience, exercise sciences, kinesiology, bioengineering, human factor engineering/design, and rehabilitation/clinical psychology. Individuals with clinical doctorates (e.g., MD, DPT, OTD) are also eligible to apply, and will typically have recently completed clinical training/residency and have less research experience. These fellows will be required to complete supplemental course work in research design and statistics

Application Process

Completed applications should be emailed to rehab.info@utmb.edu, along with the required documentation described below.

  1. Narrative (not to exceed 3 pages) describing the individual's research interests and goals for the postdoctoral experience
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Official transcript from the institution granting the doctoral degree. Individuals who have not officially graduated must provide confirmation from the university that all degree requirements have been completed
  4. Two letters of reference from persons who can comment directly on the individual's ability to successfully complete postdoctoral research training. Letters can be included with the application materials or sent directly by the referee.

Areas of Emphasis

Aging and Geriatric Rehabilitation

Examines social, environmental, and medical interventions associated with successful aging, and evaluates functional outcomes and the impact of minority status on health and disability in older adults. More than 17 million older adults reported the need for some use of long-term care and rehabilitation services in 2005. Sixty-five percent of these individuals are 65 years-of-age and older. Research collaboration takes place with investigators in the Sealy Center on Aging, who are internationally recognized leaders in geriatric health care and disability research in minority aging.

Clinical and Community Rehabilitation

Examines physical activity, psychological well-being and functional independence in individuals with disabilities and/or chronic disease. Research takes place in both inpatient and outpatient settings among individuals who are participating in exercise programs or rehabilitation interventions.


Muscle Biology of Rehabilitation

Examines mechanisms associated with muscle function including protein synthesis, muscle metabolism, cell signaling, the role of essential amino acids and exercise associated with muscle growth and regeneration. Research efforts assist in the quantification and evaluation of rehabilitation outcomes. A network of research laboratories in the Departments of Physical Therapy, Internal Medicine (Endocrinology and Geriatrics), and Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation provides the opportunity to integrate research information and activities in muscle biology, motor control, and applied physiology, with basic rehabilitation practice.


Population-based Health Services Rehabilitation

Examines rehabilitation outcomes and/or the relationship of personal attributes, clinical characteristics, or risk factors on health related and disability outcomes using large national databases or population-based surveys.