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Postdoc opening at Harvard/BU on wearable robot to assist back and lifting

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  • Postdoc opening at Harvard/BU on wearable robot to assist back and lifting

    The Harvard Biodesign Lab and Boston University Sargent College invites applications for an immediate opening on a research project focused on biomechanical, physiological, ergonomic, and clinical evaluations of a wearable robotic device developed to assist healthy individuals and individuals with a history of low back pain. 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 a wearable robotic device and evaluate its performance in healthy and low back pain patient populations. 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 and Delsys wired surface electromyography systems, and Cosmed K4b2 & K5 metabolic test systems). The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the writing and running of IRB-approved studies 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 a multidisciplinary team 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 low back pain patient populations are highly desired, as well as experience analyzing EMG and kinematic/kinetic data. 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).