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Postdoc in Biomechanics/Ergonomics/Clinical Evaluation Upper/Lower Extremity, Harvard

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  • Postdoc in Biomechanics/Ergonomics/Clinical Evaluation Upper/Lower Extremity, Harvard

    The Harvard Biodesign Lab invites applications for immediate openings on research projects focused on biomechanical, physiological, ergonomic and clinical evaluations of wearable robotic devices developed to assist healthy individuals with occupational tasks and individuals with neurological disorders (e.g., stroke, Parkinson's disease). These soft wearable robots are lightweight and pliable and apply appropriately timed joint torques to the wearer. The successful candidate will work as part of a larger team of engineers, apparel designers, movement scientists, and clinicians to conduct human subjects studies that will be used to advance the development of multiple wearable robot platforms and evaluate their performance in human subjects studies. S/he will have access to state of the art equipment (Qualysis cameras, Bertec force plates in an over-ground walkway, a Bertec instrumented treadmill, Delsys Trigno surface electromyography system, and Cosmed K4b2 metabolic test system). The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the writing and running of IRB-approved studies on healthy and patient populations and should have a strong background in statistics.

    Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Ergonomics, Movement Science, Physiology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field. The candidate should have a strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams and will be expected to publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences, as well as take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. Previous experience in human subjects studies with wearable robots and working with neurological patient populations are highly desired. Additionally, having a PT background and being eligible for physical therapy licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would be a plus.

    Applications for postdoc positions, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation).

    Applications should be sent to Conor Walsh,

    John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Core Faculty Member
    Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering