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    Research Fellow in Evaluation of Wearable Technology (Harvard University)
    Immediate opening
    Apply at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11501

    For questions contact Conor Walsh (walsh@seas.harvard.edu)

    Description
    We are seeking a Research Fellow with an undergraduate or masters degree in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Movement Science, Physiology, or Biomedical Engineering, to assist with data collection and processing for lab and field based studies of back assisting wearable robots. The Research Fellow should be a collaborative problem solver who is proficient at building a strong rapport with study participants and key stakeholders. The candidate should be extremely organized, exhibit excellent communication skills, and enjoy working with diverse groups of people. A strong candidate can tackle challenging projects with minimal oversight in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment while maintaining great attention to detail.

    We have developed a back exosuit that is lightweight and pliable and can assist with hip and back movement by applying appropriately timed joint torques to the wearer. The successful candidate will have clinical trial and human subjects experience, will work as part of a larger team to assist with collecting and analyzing data gathered from human subjects, both in field and lab studies as part of evaluations of the technology. A large part of the role will focus on supporting a yearlong field study evaluating the technology in an industrial setting. This will involve regular travel out of state to be on site and interface directly with workers and supervisors of an industrial partner. Additionally, the role will involve the weekly organization and quality checking of survey data to ensure all documented IRB protocol procedures are followed and data is collected correctly. Experience working with human subjects and associated research regulations, including the IRB is important part of role. For lab-based studies, s/he will have access to state of the art equipment (Qualysis cameras, Bertec force plates in an over-ground walkway, a Bertec instrumented treadmill, Delsys Trigno surface electromyography system, and Cosmed K4b2 metabolic test system). The successful candidate will work under the mentorship of a highly interdisciplinary team and receive mentoring and guidance as part of the role. The appointment would start immediately and be for at least 12 months, depending on candidate availability.


    Basic Qualifications
    Undergraduate or masters degree in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Movement Science, Physiology, or Biomedical Engineering. Two+ years of clinical research experience is required.

    Additional Qualifications
    Attention to detail and professionalism are highly important for the role. Experience with participant recruitment and retention methods. CITI certified and trained in Good Clinical Practice. REDCap, data collection and data entry experience also preferred.
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