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Postdoc position – NIH-funded RCT re: plantar fasciitis – University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

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  • Postdoc position – NIH-funded RCT re: plantar fasciitis – University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

    We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our research team as a post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Hartford. Our research is designed to increase our understanding of the relationships between lower extremity structure, function, and musculoskeletal injury. We are also interested in developing strategies and interventions that help to mitigate injury risk. The Motion Analysis Lab is in the Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions, which opened in September 2021. The lab has a new 10 camera motion analysis system, 4 inground force plates, IMU devices, and an electromyography system. Additionally, it will house a high resolution ultrasound unit with elastography capabilities.

    The post-doctoral fellow will help to coordinate the University of Hartford site of a newly awarded, dual-center NIH RCT aimed at a novel approach to the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Responsibilities will include participant recruitment, data collection, data processing/analysis and assisting with abstract and manuscript preparation. The post-doctoral fellow will also assist with other ongoing activities in the lab.

    Training Opportunities
    The post-doctoral fellow will have professional training opportunities in areas such as leadership, teaching, and grant writing. They will participate in weekly research meetings, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and attend 1-2 professional meetings per year. The fellow will be encouraged and mentored to pursue independent funding to prepare them for their next step in their professional career.


    1. Completed PhD in biomechanics or a related field in the area of lower extremity mechanics
    2. Experience with motion analysis

    1. Programming experience
    2. Clinical experience (PT or ATC)

    Behavioral Skills
    The candidate must demonstrate superior organizational, time management, and communication skills, as well as intellectual independence and initiative. He/she will protect confidential and sensitive research data with integrity. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.

    This is a 3-year position beginning as soon as possible (no later than June 2023), with annual renewals depending upon performance and funding. If interested, please email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references to: Sarah Ridge, PhD -