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11-11-2010, 02:26 AM
Rehabilitation Robotics Faculty Position

The University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(PM&R) invites applications for a junior faculty position, Assistant Professor
in the instructional track, in the area of clinical rehabilitation robotics
research. The ideal faculty member will provide both research and clinical
experience related to this field and will work with an interdisciplinary team
of faculty from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics),
Biomedical Engineering (Brain-Computer Interface) and the School of Kinesiology
(Biomechanics) to design, test and study the application of robotic devices in
rehabilitation. The clinical expertise of the individual being recruited could
be as a physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, prosthetist,
or orthotist. The preferred candidate will have a Ph.D. or an equivalent
degree with substantial research accomplishments for rank related to
rehabilitation robotics. It is possible that the candidate would have a Ph.D.
without a clinical degree, but he/she would have demonstrated experience
working with patient populations for their research. The ability to work in a
team environment with multidisciplinary collaborators is also critical to this
position. Experience with intervention studies involving outcomes of active
therapy modalities, endurance training, or strengthening after the
implementation of assistive technology, orthoses, protheses or robotic devices
would be highly desirable. The position will fulfill a key need in the
Department of PM&R to expand its research portfolio while also developing
expanded collaborations with University of Michigan faculty outside the School
of Medicine. Preference will be given to candidates that hold a clinical
license or can be licensed in the State of Michigan.

Individual and team research will both be goals for the new faculty member.
The hire will work on a collaborative team with other PM&R faculty and staff as
well as with the other Rehabilitation Robotics faculty hires. It will be
important for the faculty member to develop her/his own research program in a
therapeutic context as well. The hire should be able to evaluate strengths and
needs of patients as they interface with robotic technology with the goal of
improving their overall physical functioning. She/he will have a mature and
creative perspective regarding the functional relevance of technology, robotic
devices and robotic training to compensate for loss of limb mobility, movement
and/or strength.

The faculty member would aid in the education of medical residents, orthotist
and prosthetist residents, and medical students. The faculty member may not
have a regular course load but will provide selected lectures and mentoring in
her/his primary area of expertise. For more information please contact: Denise
G. Tate Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at dgtate@umich.edu or call (734)
936-7052. To apply, go to the website for the rehabilitation robotics program:
http://rehabrobotics.umich.edu/