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Post-Doc: Stroke Rehab, Mobile Health, & EMG (University of Washington, Seattle, WA)

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  • Post-Doc: Stroke Rehab, Mobile Health, & EMG (University of Washington, Seattle, WA)

    The University of Washington’s Ability & Innovation Lab has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow focused on creating mobile technology to track and train muscle activity after stroke. This individual will work closely with a team of engineers and clinicians from UW, Microsoft Research, and the University of Texas at Austin to improve rehabilitation after stroke using a combination of biofeedback training, flexible electronics, and mobile applications.

    For this NIH-funded research, the primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow will be to develop and test mobile applications for tracking and training muscle activity after stroke. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for multidisciplinary research and are interested in working closely with patients, doctors, therapists, and other users throughout the design process. Employing compelling data visualization and gamification techniques is critical to provide patients and clinicians with a platform to enhance rehabilitation in the clinic and home. This research is led by Dr. Kat Steele from the University of Washington Engineering, Dr. Sally Westcott-McCoy from the University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Nanshu Lu from the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Scott Saponas from Microsoft Research.

    The overarching mission of the Ability & Innovation Lab is to improve human movement through engineering & design. We use a need-based, human-centered design approach and work closely with clinicians, patients, and families to identify tools and techniques to improve clinical care and quality of life. More information about our lab and on-going research can be found at:

    University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. All positions are contingent on the availability of funding.

    Applicants should have a PhD in engineering, computer science, or a closely related field with experience in human-centered design, mobile application development/deployment, signal processing, neuromuscular control and/or data visualization. Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent technical capabilities, and the ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team is critical for the success of this research. Prior experience with electromyography, app development, and data visualization is valuable. However, we place a higher priority on the potential of a candidate to perform excellent research and be a highly motivated member of our team.

    To Apply:
    Applicants should provide (1) a cover letter clearly describing your interest and relevant background in this project, (2) a CV, (3) copies of two representative publications, and (4) contact information for three references. Applications must be submitted via email to Keshia Peters at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 31, 2015. The desired start date is between January - September 2016. Please address all questions to Dr. Kat Steele,