View Full Version : POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - UNC-Chapel Hill/NC StateBiomedical Engineering - Starting Fall/Winter 2009

02-11-2009, 03:02 PM
A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the newly forming Human
PoWeR (Physiology of Wearable Robotics) Laboratory in the Joint Department
of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
and North Carolina State University.

The overall goal of the Human PoWeR Lab is to develop biologically-inspired
wearable robotic devices (e.g. exoskeletons and prostheses) to assist human
locomotion. The initial focus will be on establishing fundamental
neuromechanical principles of muscle-tendon function using novel work-loop
techniques and simple mathematical models. Anticipated projects will address
the effects of muscle-tendon architecture, sensory feedback, and
environmental interaction dynamics on the mechanics and energetics of
muscle-tendon during cyclic contractions. Findings will be applied to
develop analogous artificial muscle-tendon systems that will power wearable
devices on humans.

The successful applicant will have completed doctoral work involving one or
more of the following areas: biomechanics, musculoskeletal physiology,
neurophysiology, system dynamics/controls and robotics. Previous experience
using sonomicrometry in animal models (in vitro or in vivo) or
ultrasonography in humans is highly desirable.

Duties will include research study design, data collection and analysis,
manuscript preparation and mentoring undergraduates/graduate students.
Applicants should aim to develop a fundable independent line of research
within a two year timeframe. This will require applying for funding from
external sources (NIH, NSF). Therefore, the successful applicant must
clearly demonstrate his/her own unique research vision and have a clear
picture of how his/her research goals and skills will complement the overall
goals of the laboratory. Finally, because the lab is just starting, during
the first few months of the position a significant amount of time will be
directed toward setting up lab equipment and space.

Apply through NC State online job site by going to http://jobs.ncsu.edu/.
Search vacancies for job #04-70-0901. Create a new login account and
complete the EPA applicant profile. Upload a curriculum vitae, a statement
of research objectives/interests, and the names of three professional
references (in .pdf format). In addition, please send copies of all
application items electronically to:

Dr. Greg Sawicki
Currently at Brown University:

UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University are equal access/equal opportunity
employers and institutions. Our department welcomes all persons without
regard to race, religion, or sexual orientation. Minorities and females are
strongly encouraged to apply. For persons needing accommodations during the
application process, please contact (919)-515-3148.

Our biomedical engineering graduate program has a 38-year history at
UNC-Chapel Hill (http://www.unc.edu). In 2003, our graduate program was
expanded to include NC State and the Joint Department was created (
http://www.bme.unc.edu). The department offers an ABET-accredited bachelors
degree at NC State and supports a biomedical engineering emphasis in UNC's
applied-science bachelor's degree (http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/).

A new state-of-the-art building (EB III) is currently under construction on
the Centennial Campus at NC State (http://www.ncsu.edu/) that will house
biomedical and mechanical engineering. Initially, the biologically-inspired
muscle tendon actuator portion of the Human PoWeR Laboratory will be located
in the College of Textiles at NC State. In Spring/Summer 2010 the lab will
move into shared Tissue Engineering lab space in EB III and the locomotion
portion of the laboratory will start up in ~1500 sq. ft. of dedicated space,
also in EB III.

The Joint Department supports active research programs in areas including
rehabilitation engineering, materials science, tissue engineering,
bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, bioMEMS, microfluidics,
biomedical instrumentation, neurosciences, biomedical imaging,
cardiovascular applications, medical textiles, and mechanobiology.
Collaborations between the NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill campuses have
resulted in a highly collegial atmosphere and extremely successful
multidisciplinary research projects.

The Human PoWeR Laboratory will actively seek research partnerships with
UNC-Physical Therapy (http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/physical/research.htm),
UNC-Biology (http://www.bio.unc.edu/), Duke Biomedical Engineering (
http://www.bme.duke.edu/), the Durham VA Hospital (http://www.durham.va.gov/)
and UNC-Prosthetics and Orthotics (http://www.unchospitalpando.com/).

The Research Triangle area rates among the nation's top locations for
fostering new start up companies. Several incubators for start-ups are
located near or on each campus (http://www.ncbiotech.org/). The Human PoWeR
Laboratory anticipates collaborative projects (http://openprosthetics.org/)
with Tackle Design Inc. (http://www.tackledesign.com/about.php), a local
industrial design firm.

Central North Carolina is a very attractive place to live mild winters, a
multitude of arts and cultural programs, and a wide variety of dining and
entertainment options. Nearby ocean beaches (Outer Banks) to the east and
mountain ranges (Blue Ridge and Great Smoky) to the west offer sailing,
surfing, skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking within driving

Gregory S. Sawicki, MSME, PhD
Assistant Professor
Human PoWeR Laboratory
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
at UNC-Chapel Hill & NC State University