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    Date sent: Tue, 14 May 2002 15:59:30 -0400

    Title: New Investigator in Intelligent Assistive Technology
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Date: May 10, 2002

    Imaging/Bioengineering Research


    Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre invites
    applications for a New Investigator position in Intelligent Assistive
    Technology. Candidates must be within the first five years of their
    independent research careers. The position is available
    immediately; however, the starting date is negotiable to some

    The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research
    team headquartered at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health
    Sciences Centre. Sunnybrook & Women's is a major teaching
    hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. The research
    team is currently led by six Senior Scientists: three bioengineers
    (Drs. Brian Maki, Geoff Fernie and Milos Popovic), a neuroscientist
    (Dr. William McIlroy) and two clinical scientists (Drs. Barbara Liu
    and Rory Fisher). The team has been awarded a major grant from
    the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which provides
    funding to support research personnel, research trainees and some
    operating expenses.

    The research program is aimed primarily at understanding effects of
    aging on the control of balance and movement, and developing new
    approaches to prevent falls and promote safe mobility in older
    adults. Within these areas, there is a wide range of projects,
    encompassing fundamental studies of biomechanics and motor
    control, applied research and development of assistive
    technologies, and clinical falls prevention programs. A major
    strength of the program is the combination of basic science,
    clinical research and product design and development. The team
    will include a strong emphasis on using artificial intelligence to
    compensate for age-related attentional and cognitive deficits, i.e.
    development of "smart" assistive devices and building

    The successful applicant will have access to existing research,
    design and computing facilities at the Centre for Studies in Aging
    at Sunnybrook & Women's. Existing research facilities include a
    unique large-scale multi-axis moving platform system for evoking
    postural reactions, and associated instrumentation (motion-
    analysis systems, eye-tracking systems, force plates, EMG, etc).
    Development facilities include design workstations, electronics and
    machine shops, and laboratories for testing of prototypes. Some
    projects will tie in with the Sunnybrook Falls Clinic and/or other
    ongoing clinical programs.

    The initial position will be a three-year contract. A successful
    review of academic performance, after three years, will lead to a
    second three-year contract, after which a successful "tenure
    review" would result in a Senior Scientist position with a 5-year
    renewable contract. The successful applicant will be eligible for
    academic appointment in the appropriate department at the
    University of Toronto.

    For more information about the research program, please consult
    our web site:


    The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in
    engineering, computer science, applied mathematics,
    neuroscience or a related field. Expertise in artificial intelligence,
    computational intelligence, expert systems, neuro-fuzzy systems,
    cognitive neuroscience and/or related fields is essential. In
    addition, knowledge of biomechanics and motor control would be

    The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of
    research compatible with the team objectives, collaborate with
    other team members on other team projects, obtain external grant
    funding, publish and present peer-reviewed findings, disseminate
    findings to healthcare professionals and consumers, identify
    industrial partners and pursue commercialization of products
    resulting from the research where appropriate, and participate in
    recruitment and supervision of research trainees. There are no
    formal teaching duties associated with this position; however, the
    successful candidate is expected to apply for an appointment with
    the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and to
    participate in graduate and undergraduate education.

    Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre hires
    on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All
    qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian
    citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


    Applications will be considered until a successful candidate is
    found. To apply, please send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, a
    statement of your research interests (1-2 pages) and a copy of
    your university transcripts to: Brian Maki, PhD, PEng Senior
    Scientist (Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences
    Centre) and Professor (University of Toronto).

    Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre;
    Centre for Studies in Aging;
    2075 Bayview Avenue;
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M4N 3M5.
    FAX: 416-480-5856

    Submissions by e-mail or FAX are preferred. After an initial
    screening, selected applicants will be asked to forward four
    academic and/or professional letters of reference, as well as
    reprints or preprints of peer-reviewed articles and abstracts.

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