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PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering (Rehab Robotics) at Marquette University

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  • PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering (Rehab Robotics) at Marquette University

    Doctoral Research Assistant Position Available


    An opening exists at the Marquette University, Biomedical Engineering at the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab for a Doctoral student. The position is funded by NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Technologies for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities. This study will involve the development and control of a portable robot system for children with cerebral palsy along with use of the robot system in the study of motor and neural changes of children after robot-assisted therapy intervention. It is anticipated that the robot, biomechanical, functional, and transitional findings of this study will direct improvements in rehabilitative treatment, intervention and therapeutic management for children with severe orthopedic disabilities.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • M.S. in biomedical, mechanical, or electrical engineering or other related field
    • Research interest and experience related to robotics and controls, haptics, rehabilitation engineering, mechatronics and neuroimaging.
    • Research experience with robotics, design and controls and programming of haptic robots preferred.
    • Hardware experience with robots, mechatronic devices, sensors and force transducers and assistive technology
    • Software knowledge of Matlab, LabView, OpenGL, C++.
    • Software knowledge of AFNI analysis software for imaging a plus.
    • Must be able to be in the same room with an 3.0 Tesla (no metallic parts implanted)
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    o Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with patients, research subjects, team members and project collaborators.
    o Analytical skills to select and interpret tests appropriate for the research.
    o Communication skills necessary to write detailed explanatory reports and articles and to verbally communicate results of research at meetings and
    • Potential for refereed publications

    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 and a complete resume to Dr. Johnson (see below). Applicants would be required to apply to Marquette University, Biomedical Engineering program and funding would be contingent on acceptance into the Graduate program.

    Contact Information

    Please inquire with Michelle Johnson, PhD at
    Phone: (414) 805-4256
    The project is led by Michelle Johnson PhD, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Director of the Robotics Rehab Lab (funded by MCW and MU) Our research team includes neuroscientists, physicians, physical therapists, engineers and occupational therapists.