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Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Spine Biomechanics (Boston, MA)

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Spine Biomechanics (Boston, MA)

    The Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to participate in DoD-funded research examining the effects of back support exosuits on musculoskeletal loading during lifting tasks. This study will focus on state-of-the-art computational musculoskeletal modeling to evaluate person-specific muscle and spine loading, as well as simulation studies to develop improved exosuit control strategies.

    Duties include: model development to incorporate exosuits into musculoskeletal models of the human body; subject-specific modeling and analysis based on laboratory measurements of exosuit use; development and validation of simulation-based methods to assess the effect of suit control parameters; perform sensitivity studies and parametric analyses. The fellow will be expected to prepare and submit manuscripts for publication, present study results at scientific meetings, and prepare grant applications.

    • PhD in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering or another relevant field
    • Demonstrated expertise in biomechanical modeling
    • Competitive candidates might also have experience with:
      • Human movement analysis
      • Robotics/exosuit design
      • Injury biomechanics
    • Strong programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, statistical packages)
    • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills
    • Able to work independently and with an interdisciplinary team

    Position information and application instructions:
    The position is available beginning September 1, 2020. Most functions of this position can be performed remotely, and remote work is encouraged during the pandemic; working 100% remote from elsewhere may be possible (within the United States). The initial appointment will be for 1 year with the possibility of extension.
    All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. BIDMC is EOE M/F/VET/DISABILITY/GENDER IDENTITY/SEXUAL ORIENTATION
    Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and list of 3 references to Dennis Anderson at