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  • Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Biomechanics: RehabiliationInstitute of Chicago

    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

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    Levi Hargrove, PEng, PhD
    Research Scientist

    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Research Assistant Professor

    Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University