A Postdoctoral Associate position to study spine biomechanics is available in the Minnesota Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory (MRBL). The goals of the lab are to advance and implement biomarkers of spinal health based on the integration of motion and imaging techniques. The position will be to partially assist with studies to 1) investigate the intersegmental kinematics of the spine using biplane radiography and 2) assess intervertebral disc health using quantitative MRI techniques. The appointment is for one year, with the opportunity for renewal.

70%: Assist with studies to investigate the intersegmental kinematics of the spine using biplane radiography and quantify intervertebral disc health and integrity using quantitative MRI techniques. This individual will be involved all components of the study including recruitment, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of findings.

20%: Oversee day-to-day administrative operations for the Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab. Coordinates operations and maintains proper general work environment conditions, communicates with collaborators, partners, and vendors when necessary. Orders supplies and lab consumables, keeps records of documents. Proactively communicates with those utilizing the lab. Manages the training and oversight of events in the lab.

10%: Contribute to student mentorship which regularly incorporates PhD students from Rehabilitation Science and Biomedical Engineering, professional physical therapy students, medical residents, medical students, and undergraduate students and volunteers.​

Required Qualifications:
- PhD in Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science, or a related field
- Programming experience in Matlab or related languages
- Demonstrated research and publication record
- Strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
- Motion Analysis experience
- Biplane Radiography experience
- Background in medical imaging

Resources and Environment
The Postdoctoral Associate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians in Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering. This individual will have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including a Biplane Radiography system, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, and vast MRI resources at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research.

Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

Employment Requirements
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online at https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/355215.
You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information of a minimum two references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Please direct any question regarding the position to:
​Arin M. Ellingson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Minnesota
Email: ellin224@umn.edu
Website: http://mrbl.umn.edu/