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PhD Positions, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh

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  • PhD Positions, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh

    The Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking PhD Graduate Student Researchers to assist faculty and staff with carrying out research projects in the areas of rehabilitation engineering and science. PhD Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) assist in carrying out a particular research agenda and are provided mentorship and training to develop a new area of research and to become independent research scientists. General areas where GSRs can be engaged include:
    • Design, development, and/or evaluation of new assistive technologies
    • Mobile health apps and related technologies
    • Biomechanics and human movement analysis
    • Wearables for tracking and monitoring real world activities
    • Assistive robotics and intelligent systems
    • Human machine interfaces
    • Adaptive sports, recreation, and exercise programming

    A PhD student researcher is needed to assist with various biomechanics and human movement analysis studies starting Summer/Fall 2020. The position will entail working with motion capture equipment, force plates, and wearable sensors to collect and analyze data from wheelchair users and their caregivers. Applicants should have a background in engineering, biomechanics, or clinical discipline (rehabilitation or exercise science, physical or occupational therapy). Experience coding in Matlab, Python, C#, and Java, is a plus. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Alicia Koontz ( for more details.

    To learn more about this and other PhD openings at HERL please visit