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The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine is the world’s most comprehensive research center specializing in spinal cord injury. Our multi-disciplinary team of more than 175 scientists and researchers are committed to finding new treatments for the paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.

Individuals interested in employment at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis are encouraged to visit the University of Miami Career site for a list of available positions.


Associate Professor of Research – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The position of Research Associate Professor in The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation requires a Ph.D and/or M.D. degree.  Applicants at the Research Associate Professor level should have completed a program of post-doctoral training. A significant record of academic accomplishment and the potential to attract independent research funding are important considerations for this position.  The candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a significant research program funded by extramural sources and establish a track-record of publishing in major, peer-reviewed journals.  The candidate will need to pursue clinical research focused on developing and testing novel strategies to improve functional outcomes following neurological trauma and disease. Research Associate Professor is expected to independently design, plan and execute research experiments; write and prepare manuscripts based on research findings and analysis; and submit proposals for extramural funding. The Research Associate Professor will also serve as a Co-PI on current grants. The Research Associate Professor will interact cross-functionally; establish key collaborations, both internally and externally, in order to deliver objectives.  Full Job Description.

Assistant, Associate and Professor Positions
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine is seeking outstanding applicants at the Assistant, Associate or full Professor levels. A significant record of academic accomplishment and the potential to attract independent research funding are important considerations for these positions. The Miami Project offers excellent basic science, translational, and clinical research programs directed toward study of central and peripheral nervous system damage and development of novel treatments to promote functional recovery. The completion of a new Rehabilitation Hospital in 2020 will present an outstanding opportunity for the translation of emerging therapies to a large brain and spinal cord patient population. Applicants will also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty throughout the university including the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy and Biomedical Engineering to advance multi-disciplinary approaches.  Full Job Description.


Senior Research Associate 1
This position offers professional growth in the research associate track along with a robust benefits package. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, is seeking a Sr. Research Associate 1. Perform procedures and analysis associated with histological and behavioral assessment of animals following spinal cord injury including, animal surgeries (laminectomy, tracing, cell transplantation), animal post-operative care, animal perfusion and tissue dissection, tissue sectioning and staining, behavioral measurement of sensory and motor function as well as fluorescent and confocal microscopy and tissue culture. Perform biochemistry, immunochemistry and molecular biology techniques including cell and tissue staining, western blotting, gel electrophoresis and ELISA. Be able to manage transgenic mouse colonies, perform genotyping and coordinate breeding programs for the mice. Prepare datasheets, ACUC/IBC protocols, chore lists and laboratory resources to be readily available to the supervisor and other staff when needed.  The position will require after hours and weekend work with animal care and management.  Full Job Description


Our Postdoctoral Programs offer the opportunity for candidates to perform research in a scientifically diverse setting and contribute to the overall research efforts taking place in our facility. Individuals are considered on the basis of education, certifications, and/or relevant work experience. Candidates must also demonstrate willingness in furthering the continuing scientific and technological success of The Miami Project.

Postdoctoral Associate
This position performs scientific research and studies under the supervision of managing staff including Dr. Allan D. Levi and Dr. S. Shelby Burks. Moreover, the Postdoctoral Associate promotes institutional recognition through literal contributions to the scientific community. The research focus will include cell-based therapies for peripheral nerve injury in an animal model.  The Postdoctoral Associate will be overseeing a translational peripheral nerve injury project. This project will investigate the ability of a second-generation nerve conduits to deliver Schwann cells and Schwann cell products to nerve stumps in severe peripheral nerve injury model. Specific tasks will include handling animals (rats), microsurgery, behavioral analysis, tissue preparation, histology, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and more. Funding will also be provided for a research assistant who will work under the Postdoctoral Associate. Members of the research team will be expected to meet weekly to discuss progress. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Associate should be in close communication with Dr. Allan Levi and Dr. Shelby Burks.  Full Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Associate. This is a great opportunity to advance your Ph.D. knowledge and gain experience in research laboratory operations.  This position will be part of a group of dedicated researchers and will have frequent interactions with a broad range of scientists with expertise in molecular biology, neurobiology, genetics, bioinformatics and molecular pharmacology at the Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of Ophthalmology.  Perform molecular biology techniques such as site directed mutagenesis, shRNA, Crispr/Cas9, DNA/plasmid cloning, real time PCR. Perform rodent in vivo surgeries in CNS injury models. Perform primary neuronal (and glial) cell cultures. Perform experiments to determine the signaling pathways involved in cell injury responses. Present findings at lab meetings, departmental seminars and national and/or international conferences.  Full Job Description


The mission of The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is to train the next generation of neuroscientists focused on developing new treatments and cures for some of the world’s most complex neurological diseases including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is a prestigious and professional internship where the students are actively involved in the research and are working directly with the Principle Investigator.  Since its inception, The Miami Project has trained more than 500 post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting scholars.  These positions provide an opportunity for exceptional students to work in state-of-the-art research laboratories.  Utilizing their knowledge and laboratory skills, students take on specific functions and projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.  By developing undergraduate and graduate students into the fields of science, research, medicine, and engineering, The Miami Project is increasing the number of scientists and laboratories around the world working to obtain the knowledge to initiate new discoveries and clinical trials.  Learn More >



Sr. Sponsored Programs Specialist (Research Grants Analyst)

Career growth opportunity for those with a financial background. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, is seeking a full-time Sr. Sponsored Programs Specialist. Responsible for pre-award administration of academic research grants and contracts: activities to include proposal submission and coordination; proposal budget and justification preparation; sponsor and university proposal form completion; and Just In Time (JIT) protocol. Proactively assist investigators, fellows, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers with the search for new funding opportunities. Prepare and coordinate the submission of required documentation for all non-competing renewals of currently funded projects to ORA (e.g., annual progress reports etc.) including tracking all submissions. Maintain all proposal information and forms in center share folder including Other Support and Biosketches.  Full Job Description


Both graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to volunteer or accept part-time paid positions in many of our laboratories. Paid positions for summer students are made available each year through the support of various funding agencies.  Students have opportunities in both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels with the University of Miami.

The Miami Project’s affiliation with the University of Miami Graduate Neuroscience Program makes it a prime location for the mentoring of eager students.

Graduate students in the UM Neuroscience program are trained in cellular, molecular, and integrative neuroscience and have the option of choosing mentors from among Miami Project faculty. Learn more >