UW CREATE ARRT Postdoctoral Fellows

Physical Computing and Accessible Technology

We’re excited to announce openings for two postdoctoral fellows to work with our multidisciplinary team at the University of Washington Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE).

The goal of this fellowship is to train leaders in rehabilitation research who can harness advances in physical computing and fabrication to enhance community living and participation with people with disabilities. Specifically, we seek applicants who are interested in developing their skills and expertise in how fabrication technologies (e.g., 3D printing and machine knitting) and physical computing technologies can be used to address challenges in rehabilitation technology and accessibility. Applicants from technical backgrounds (e.g., computer science or engineering), rehabilitation medicine (e.g., physical or occupational therapy), or disability studies are encouraged. Multiple postdoctoral fellows with complementary backgrounds will be recruited to collaborate and advance multidisciplinary innovation. Each postdoctoral scholar will be mentored by at least two faculty from the CREATE leadership.
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for multidisciplinary research and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: the technical aspects of accessibility; rehabilitation technology; disability studies; and fabrication/physical computing technologies. You will be working closely with people with disabilities, engineers, rehabilitation professionals, and other scientists throughout the research project. This training grant is funded by a NIDILRR ARRT grant led by Dr. Jennifer Mankoff from the UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Dr. Heather Feldner from the UW’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Disability Studies Program, Dr. Kat Steele from the UW’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Anat Caspi, Director of the Taskar Center within the Paul G. Allen School.

The overarching mission of CREATE is to make technology accessible and make the world accessible through technology. We take a need-based, human-centered approach to accessibility research and education, work closely with stakeholders in disability communities, and apply knowledge and skills across computer science, rehabilitation medicine, engineering, design, and disability studies to improve access and quality of life for diverse populations. More information about our center and on-going research can be found at: https://create.uw.edu

For more information: https://create.uw.edu/postdoctoral-fellowship/

Applicants should provide (1) a cover letter clearly describing your interest and relevant background in this project, (2) a CV, (3) copies of two representative publications, and (4) contact information for three references. Project and application questions may be submitted via email to create-jobs@uw.edu.

Application review will begin on Aug 1, 2021 with anticipated start dates in 2022.