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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Wearable Sensor Applications in Pediatric Mobility

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  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Wearable Sensor Applications in Pediatric Mobility

    Applications are now being accepted for one position within the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Pediatric Mobility offered jointly through Children’s Specialized Hospital and Kessler Foundation. The position is located in northern New Jersey, USA, and will involve work at research and clinical sites in West Orange, NJ, Mountainside, NJ, and New Brunswick, NJ. The two-year program prepares biomedical scientists, including engineers (e.g. biomedical, mechanical, rehabilitation), biomechanists, kinesiologists, and those in related fields, for a career in rehabilitation research. All fellows participate in an extensive training curriculum and didactic offerings.

    The fellow will work collaboratively with the principal investigator Dr. Barrance, clinical staff, and biomedical engineering staff, in the advancement of two lines of research as described below. Applicants with specific interests and/or experience related to these areas are therefore highly encouraged to apply.

    * Treadmill-based gait retraining using wearable movement biofeedback systems
    The fellow will play a lead role in execution, data analysis, and dissemination of ongoing research on a wearable biofeedback system that seeks to retrain a specific gait deficit in pediatric hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

    Kinematics and kinetics of manual wheelchair propulsion
    The fellow will work with the team to advance studies in pediatric manual wheelchair propulsion that combine multimodal sensing technologies. Current areas of interest include the development of sensor based movement training modalities.

    Qualifying candidates must have an earned doctorate in engineering (e.g. biomedical, mechanical), biomechanics, kinesiology, or a related field. Strong candidates will have prior experience in performing research studies in human subjects, graduate level training in biomechanics / engineering mechanics, as well as some history of publication and presentation of original research. Additional desirable skills and experience include: the ability to independently develop processing methods for data analysis (using for example Matlab or Labview), experience with motion analysis systems, knowledge of statistical data analysis, and excellent written communication skills.

    Kessler Foundation is a public charity that advances its mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities through research and grant-making programs. The Kessler Foundation is affiliated with the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey and enjoys collaborations with partners at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Applicants are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website ( ) to learn about the missions, activities, and resources of the Foundation and its laboratories.

    Applicants for fellowships should refer to the "Pediatric Mobility Rehabilitation Fellowship" and forward

    * Letter of application
    * Curriculum Vitae
    * One page statement of research interests


    Peter Barrance, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Scientist, Kessler Foundation; Clinical Research Scientist, Children’s Specialized Hospital

    Initial and informal inquiries about the Pediatric Mobility Rehabilitation Fellowship may be also be directed to Dr. Barrance via the above email.

    Due to limitations in resources, we regret that only candidates whose applications are brought forward for further consideration will be contacted. For selected applicants, letters of reference will be requested from three referees.

    In addition to citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent residents of the US, non-immigrants are eligible to apply provided they can be lawfully employed in the U.S.

    Last edited by Peter Barrance; March 19, 2018, 10:17 AM. Reason: Include location in posting title