The Legs + Walking AbilityLab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to advance brain-machine interfaces in patients using electromyographic signals. One position is available immediately.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Human Medical Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, or related discipline
  • Knowledge of surface and high-density electromyographic signal recording and processing, non-invasive neural interfacing and processing of neurophysiological signals.
  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: neurophysiology using methods such as transcranial magnetic stimulation or electric stimulation, motor control, brain-machine interfaces, single motor neuron activity recordings and analysis, advanced signal processing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in designing and running clinical studies with patients, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, post stroke or with spinal cord injury.
  • Experience with non-invasive brain, spinal cord or muscle stimulation in humans to study movement.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications.
The Legs + Walking AbilityLab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, is chaired by Josť L. Pons, Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University. At the Legs + Walking AbilityLab we focus our main research efforts to develop methods and technologies that could help understanding and controlling human biological systems and their interaction with the environment. In particular, interdisciplinary research program is established with the mission of collaboratively pursuing the development of innovative methodologies, interventions, and assistive devices to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people with disabilities.

The focus of research and intervention in the Legs + Walking Lab is on trunk and pelvis stability, positioning and control of the hips, knees and ankles, as well as stepping and propulsion. The pursuit of new therapies may include the application of technology, biological materials and pharmacological and other therapies specific to neural action — which together promise the most exciting and hopeful advances available to enhance locomotion, gait and walking.

Interested outstanding candidates are encouraged to submit a CV, a 1-page research statement with selected publications, and three references, with the subject Postdoc position (Ref. 202105).
To learn more about our research or to apply, please contact Prof. Josť L. Pons at