View Full Version : Wanted: Post Doctoral Fellow - EMG Signal Processing and Controlfor Lower Limb Prosthetics

04-28-2008, 07:45 AM
The Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs (NECAL) at the
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is looking for an ambitious Post
Doctoral Fellow in biomedical signal processing and control to be an
integral team member in a new project to develop a neural interface for
lower limb prostheses. This project is led by Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, Director
of NECAL and incorporates neuroscientists, physicians, engineers,
prosthetists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. NECAL has
gained worldwide attention with our groundbreaking "Targeted Reinnervation"
surgical technique. We are planning to use the surgical, engineering, and
prosthetic developments that have revolutionized upper limb prosthetics to
benefit lower limb amputees.

The successful applicant will be responsible for developing and enhancing
control and control algorithms for neural control of upper and lower
extremity powered prostheses' operation based on EMG signals, pattern
recognition and the fusion of intrinsic sensor data. One holding the
position must work in close consultation with engineers, prosthetists, and
therapists to achieve and test progressive developments; must participate in
regular development meetings with supervising team members; must keep
informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional
expertise; offer suggestions regarding continued development of the program;
and participate in research activities. This advertised position provides
the opportunity for an interested fellow to realize both basic science goals
and exciting clinical applications.

The ideal fellow would consistently demonstrate support of the RIC statement
of Mission and Philosophy, contribute to the team efforts, and show respect
and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all
others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.
Interested applicants should have a doctoral degree in biomedical
engineering, electrical engineering, neuroscience, or a related field.
Experience with myoelectric recoding and application, biomedical (EMG in
particular) signal processing, pattern recognition, and system control is
required. Applicants should have knowledge and understanding of machine
learning, the biomechanics and motor control of human locomotion, and
biomechanical modeling. A background and/or interest in multichannel/array
signal processing is very beneficial and analytical skills to select and
interpret tests appropriate for the research are important. Good
interpersonal skills are essential and necessary to communicate effectively
with patients, research subjects, team members, and project collaborators.

RIC houses the nation's largest rehabilitation research programs in the
country. Research teams at RIC are involved in more than 200 projects,
including cutting-edge studies with the Lokomat, a robot-assisted walking
therapy that may help people with paralysis walk again; brain mapping, to
determine how the brain activity changes after strokes; several teams
developing rehabilitation robotics and significant research in motor learn
and adaptation. We are partners with Northwestern University and
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We have a rich
environment for post doctoral fellows and have many joint faculty in BME and
other departments at Northwestern.

Since 1991, the RIC has been consistently ranked the best rehabilitation
hospital in America by US News and World Report. RIC has earned a worldwide
reputation as being a leader in patient care, advocacy, research and
educating health professionals in physical medicine and rehabilitation. RIC
is well known for specialized services, including Prosthetics and Orthotics,
Assistive Technology, and outstanding integrative therapy programs, which
help individuals lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

Please send CV, letter of interest, and references to:

Blair Lock, Research Lab Manager
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
345 E. Superior St, Room 1309
Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Email: b-lock@northwestern.edu