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    Postdoctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation Robotics, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
    Organization: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
    Location: Chicago, Illinois
    Deadline: ASAP


    The Sensory Motor Performance Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is seeking a postdoctoral candidate for a NIDRR (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research- Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke (MARS) an RERC funded research project. The objective of this project is to test the efficacy of a novel robotic therapy paradigm in minimizing post-stroke gait impairments. The ideal candidate for this position would have a clinical physical therapy degree (MPT or DPT) along with an academic doctorate degree (PhD or equivalent).

    The successful candidate will work with the interdisciplinary team consisting of Yasin Dhaher, Ph.D. (co-investigator), Director of the Center on the Neural Mechanisms of Gait, Biomedical Engineering Department, Richard Harvey, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Zev Rymer, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Primary Investigator). The candidate will work in close collaboration with the investigators of this project, but will also have an opportunity to develop new projects and collaborate with other researchers at RIC.


    1. Design, execution and interpretation of experiments for the discovery of critical information in rehabilitation robotics as it relates to the condition of-, or recovery from stroke.
    2. Independent leadership of research projects in a team environment.
    3. Participates in regular development meetings with supervising team members.
    4. Keeps informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise; offers suggestions regarding continuing development of program.
    5. Participates in research activities, such as manuscript publications and scholarly presentations in national/international meetings.


    Reports directly to the project Principal Investigator (WZ Rymer MD PhD) or Co-Investigator (Yasin Dhaher PhD).


    1. The candidate must have a Physical Therapy degree together with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any field related to Human Movement Science or Rehabilitation Science.
    2. A strong publication record and excellent oral and written communication skills.
    3. Proficiency in electromyography, gait evaluation, strength measurements, kinematic and kinetic assessments, and functional outcome measurements.
    4. Programming skills (such as LabVIEW/MatLab) are highly desirable.
    5. General knowledge or interest in rehabilitation and/or bio- or mechanical engineering principles.
    6. Experience working with stroke patients.


    The position is available immediately. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Zev Rymer (

    W. Zev Rymer, MD, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Research
    Director, Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke (MARS)
    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone: 312-238-3919 or
    Fax: 312-238-2208