View Full Version : Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Biomechanics: RehabiliationInstitute of Chicago

07-09-2010, 03:08 AM
The Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs (NECAL) at the
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is looking for a motivated
engineering Post Doctoral Fellow. The primary project area involves
designing, implementing, and testing control systems for neurally interfaced
powered lower-limb prostheses. The candidate must have a strong biomechanics
background and practical experience in motion capture and analysis and
biological signal acquisition and analysis. This project is led by Levi
Hargrove, PhD. Our multidisciplinary team includes engineers, prosthetists,
therapists, neuroscientists, and physicians. NECAL is part of the Center for
Bionic Medicine, directed by Todd Kuiken MD, PhD, and has a worldwide
reputation as a leader in innovated treatment of people with limb loss
including the groundbreaking "Targeted Reinnervation" surgical technique.

The successful applicant will be responsible for enhancing low-level control
of powered lower-limb prostheses. The successful applicant will develop a
kinematic-based controller that is tuned with clinically relevant parameters
such as the patient's height, weight, cadence, etc. Resultant kinematic
profiles and EMG patterns will be compared to those obtained when using a
state-of-the-art impedance control system. This Fellow must work in close
consultation with engineers, prosthetists, and therapists to achieve and
test progressive developments. They will also be expected to offer
suggestions regarding continued development of the program and keep informed
of developments in the field to maintain and enhance professional expertise.
This position provides an excellent opportunity for the Fellow to realize
both basic science goals and exciting clinical applications.

Interested applicants should have a doctoral degree in biomedical
engineering, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, or a related field.
Experience with motion capture systems is required. An interest in signal
processing, particularly pattern recognition techniques, would be very
beneficial. Analytical skills to select and interpret tests appropriate for
the research are important. Good interpersonal skills are essential and
necessary for communicating effectively with patients, research subjects,
team members, and project collaborators. Communication skills necessary to
write detailed explanatory reports and articles and to verbally communicate
results of research at meetings and conferences are also important.

RIC houses the nation's largest rehabilitation research programs in the
country. Research teams at RIC are involved in more than 200 projects, with
a focus in rehabilitation robotics, motor learning, 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 biomedical engineering 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 is
recognized worldwide 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.

For more information, please apply through the HR department at RIC



Levi Hargrove, PEng, PhD
Research Scientist

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Research Assistant Professor

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University