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12-09-2010, 07:58 AM
The Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM) at the Rehabilitation Institute of
Chicago (RIC) is looking for A Post Doctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation
Technologies Outcomes Research to develop and execute both
investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored research in prosthetics, rehab
robotics, orthotics and other assistive and adaptive technologies to treat
physical disability.

The applicant will be part of the Rehab Technologies Assessment Lab, a part
of the Center of Bionic Medicine. The Centerís overarching goal is
ultimately, to inform clinical practice through rigorous quantitative
research. The lab is the first of its kind to combine the newest advances in
research methods, functional quantitative outcome measures, and statistical
analyses to improve the real-world use of medical technology. CBM has a
worldwide reputation as a leader in innovated treatment of people with limb

The project is led by Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD, Associate Director of the
Rehab Technologies Assessment Lab (within Center for Bionic Medicine) and
Assistant Professor at Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Northwestern University. The Center for Bionic Medicine is directed by Todd
Kuiken, M.D., PhD. Our research team includes neuroscientists, physicians,
physical therapists, engineers, prosthetists, and occupational therapists.

The successful applicant must have a strong clinical outcomes research or
rehabilitation sciences background and have experience in both quantitative
and qualitative outcome measures research.

*Principle Responsibilities

1. Responsible for quantitative and qualitative outcomes research in area
of rehabilitation, prosthetics, orthotics, assistive and engineering
2. Must work in close consultation with engineering, prosthetists, and
therapists to plan, achieve and test new paradigms in assistive technology.
3. Participates in regular development meetings with supervising team
4. Keeps informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance
professional expertise; offers suggestions regarding continuing development
of outcomes research.
5. Participates in research activities.
6. Work with Lab director to identify, propose, and develop innovative
research projects that meet the mission of the CBM that builds upon
existing findings, challenges current thinking, and dovetails ongoing work
at RIC and within other institutions.

*Knowledge, Skills& Abilities Required

1. Applicants should have a doctoral degree (PhD) and relevant research
experience in physical therapy, prosthetics, physiology, biomedical
engineering, or a related field.

2. Knowledge and understanding of outcomes research, exercise training,
human physiology, and biomechanics and motor control of human locomotion.

3. Practical experience using motion capture equipment and software,
clinical assessment tools, exercise training including body-weight support
treadmill testing, Vo2 analysis, isokinetic dynamometry.

4. Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with
patients, research subjects, team members and project collaborators.

5. Analytical skills to select and interpret tests appropriate for the

6. Communication skills necessary to write detailed explanatory reports
and articles and to verbally communicate results of research at meetings and

The RIC houses the nation's largest rehabilitation research programs in the
country. Research teams at the 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 faculties in Medicine, BME and other departments
at Northwestern. Since 1990, 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

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level
of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are
not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Applications should include a cover letter, a complete resume, and the
names of at least three references. Applications will be evaluated on an
ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please email application
material to Dr. Arun Jayaraman at a-jayaraman@northwestern.edu.

Arun Jayaraman PT, PhD
Rehab Technologies Assessment Lab
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Northwestern University
345 E Superior St, Suite 1334
Ph: 312-238-6875
Chicago IL 60611

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