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MS-level Positions - BioDynamics Lab, Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, IL

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  • MS-level Positions - BioDynamics Lab, Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, IL

    Two funded MS-level Graduate Research Assistant positions available – BioDynamics Laboratory, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

    The BioDynamics Laboratory is seeking two talented graduate research assistants to join our interdisciplinary research program. The Laboratory is a 900 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility equipped with electrodynamic shaker systems, laser doppler vibrometer, 24-camera motion capture system, force plates, electromyography systems, accelerometers, load cells, data acquisition systems, and fast-prototyping 3D printers. Students will gain expertise in

    • Development of exoskeletons/robots for medical and occupational applications,
    • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders,
    • Personal protective equipment, and
    • Human exposure-response at cellular, tissue, and whole-body levels.

    The positions are 20-hour per week, 9-month appointment starting Fall 2019. A competitive stipend will be offered, in addition to tuition wavier and health insurance. Interested students can choose to apply for one of two projects; Project 1) Development of Testing Methodologies for Occupational Exoskeleton Technology Performance Evaluation, and Project 2) Investigations of Exposure to Hand-Arm Vibration and Associated Health-risks.

    Candidates are required to have (or expecting to graduate with) a bachelor degree in a related field (ME, EE, BME) from an accredited institution, minimum of GPA 3.0 or above, and satisfactory GRE scores. Students with strong interest and/or experience (coursework, research, and/or industrial) in biomechanics, experimental methods, instrumentation, data analysis, and working with international standards (ISO) are preferred. They should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, self-motivation, and ability to learn and work independently. Experience in programming (LabVIEW, MATLAB, Arduino IDE, Python, C++), computer-aided design (SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, etc.), and finite element analysis (ANSYS, ABAQUS) are great assets to ensure student success.

    Deadline for applications is April 26 and candidates will be notified about the decision before May 3. For more information please visit or email Applicants should send two-page resume, and a brief (one page-limit) self-introduction and description of their interests in the project/research. Please send the above information to