The Human Movement & Balance Lab within the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a post-doctoral associate. The position is funded through an active grant from the NIH to develop technology for reducing slips and falls by assessing slip potential of the shoe/floor interface and conducting relevant locomotion biomechanical validation experiments. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop a new robotic device for measuring shoe-floor traction in collaboration with a growing startup company. Other opportunities to participate in human movement laboratory research and write research proposals may also be available. A background in mechanical design or robotics is essential. Applicants with a background in occupational safety, biomechanics, tribology, and open-source design process is desirable although not necessary.

Applicants should hold a PhD in mechanical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering or another similar department. The appointment is intended to be 2 years and may be renewable depending on availability of funds. Review of applications will begin immediately and we intend to complete the hire as soon as possible.

The mission for the Human Movement and Balance Lab (HMBL) is fall and musculoskeletal injury prevention in healthy and clinical young/elderly adult populations. The HMBL is a multiple PI lab with four full time research faculty members, two staff members and over 20 students ( The HMBL includes more than 5,000 square feet of brand new laboratory space with motion capture; ergonomics and human factors; tribology; and machine shop facilities. The lab is located in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. More can be learned about the city of Pittsburgh at

To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) as a single pdf document to Kurt Beschorner (

The Department of Bioengineering is strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority on attracting female and underrepresented minority candidates. We strongly encourage candidates from these groups to apply for the position.

The University affirms and actively promotes the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected class.