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  • Postdoctoral Fellow Position, Edmonton, Canada

    Work Environment:
    Imagination Centre, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital ( Imagination Centre at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital directed by Dr. John Andersen is home to the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) program aiming to change lives and improving participation for people of all ages. The Imagination Centre’s team is made up of families, clinicians, engineers, researchers, and leaders all working towards the same goal of adding quality to life.

    Neuromuscular Control & Biomechanics Laboratory (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.

    Working at the University of Alberta (UofA)
    UofA is a community of knowledge seekers, change makers and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day, and is home to more than 14,000 faculty and staff, over 40,000 students and 260,000 alumni worldwide. Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people — from UofA’s students and community members, to UofA’s renowned researchers and innovators, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger and more just.

    The Positions:
    Qualified applicants are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to pursue new and creative research ideas in the design and development of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and autonomous assistive systems with cooperative controls for safe interaction with persons with mobility/cognitive impairment. Successful candidates will have strong collaboration and coordination skills to work directly with both research teams at multiple levels, rehabilitation centres, and industry partners to contribute to this research project successfully. Equity and diversity are an integral part of our research group. As such, members of underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Completion of PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Computer Science
    • Keen interest and/or experience (coursework, research, and/or industrial) in: biomedical instrumentation and physiological experimentation (e.g., EEG, ECG, EMG), systems identification, control engineering, and machine learning
    • Strong publication record in related research areas
    • Proven ability to work independently
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills; proficiency in English
    Preferred Assets:
    • Advanced programming skills (Python/C++ and ROS)
    • Experience in wearable instrumentation design, bio-mechatronics, and collaborative robotics
    • Mechatronic systems design experience
    • Interest and experience in interdisciplinary and translational research in collaboration with health scientists, healthcare system, and biomedical industry
    • Clinical data collection at hospital
    • 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:
    Training of undergraduate and graduate research assistants is paramount. 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 receive formal training in the following practical areas: i) Biomedical data collection and signal processing (e.g., EEG and motion); ii) Machine learning; iii) Human motion biomechanics; iv) Working with ROS and sensors on an autonomous mobile platform; v) Development and validation of heuristic healthcare solutions; vi) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training; vii) Entrepreneurship; and viii) Safety.

    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.

    Deadline: July 13, 2024 or until the positions are filled.

    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.

    [FONT=Times New Roman][I][FONT=Arial]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