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  • MSc student, PhD student and Postdoctoral fellowship positions available at the Universtiy of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

    Deadline: Feb 24, 2022, or until the positions are filled.

    Work Environment:
    1. Neuromuscular Control & Biomechanics Laboratory (NCB-Lab: NCB-Lab is directed by Dr. Hossein Rouhani in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Alberta. Relying on engineering means and interdisciplinary collaborations, NCB-Lab’s team aims to positively impact prevention and rehabilitation by gaining a better understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal mechanisms of human movement, outcome measures for movement and performance assessment, and designing and evaluating advanced assistive technologies with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of those affected by movement impairments.
    2. Telerobotic & Biorobotic Systems Group ( The Telerobotic and Biorobotic Systems Group is directed by Dr. Mahdi Tavakoli in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Alberta. This group specializes in developing robots and robotic systems for various medical/biomedical applications, including surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, telehealth, and telemedicine. This group has three laboratories: i) CREATE Lab focusing on Collaborative, REhabilitation, and AssisTivE Robotics research, ii) HANDS Lab focusing on Haptics AND Surgery research, and iii) SIMULAT-OR Lab as a SIMULATed Operating Room featuring a da Vinci Surgical System.
    The Position:
    Qualified applicants are invited to apply for MSc student, PhD student and Postdoctoral fellowship positions to pursue new and creative research ideas in the development, evaluation and implementation of wearable exoskeletons for reducing the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Successful candidates will have strong collaboration and coordination skills to work directly with both research teams at multiple levels, industry partners, rehabilitation centres, athletic teams and other research teams across the country to contribute to this research project successfully.

    For MSc student, PhD student, or Postdoctoral fellow roles, completion of a BSc, MSc, or PhD degree, respectively, is required. Also, at least one of those degrees must be in mechanical, biomedical, electrical, or computer engineering.

    Preferred Assets:
    • Interest and experience in signal processing, machine learning, wearable instrumentation design, biomechanics, robotics, bio-mechatronics and/or physiological experimentation.
    • Interest and experience in interdisciplinary and translational research in collaboration with health scientists, healthcare system, and biomedical industry.
    • Conducting research in the abovementioned fields
    • Establishing and maintaining communication and coordination with colleagues and research collaborators
    • Contributing to other research and development projects in both research groups
    • Writing research grant or scholarship applications, manuscripts for publication, presentations, and reports

    Learning opportunities:
    In addition to the program-related coursework, the successful candidates will work closely with their supervisor to create a learning and development plan and attend professional such as research ethics and integrity, and project management. They will also be trained in relevant engineering domains, including biomedical instrumentation design, biomedical signal processing, robotics, human motion biomechanics, bio- mechatronics, machine learning, and development and validation of heuristic healthcare solutions.

    Application Procedure:
    Interested candidates may send their questions or their CV, together with a cover letter and the names of three references to Dr. Hossein Rouhani (he/him) (, the Director of NCB-Lab (

    For more information on admissions and requirements, professional development, medical benefits, cost of living, and childcare for graduate studies or Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Alberta, visit: or support/post-doctoral-office/index.html.

    The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.