Northwestern University—Postdoctoral Fellowship Available

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR), Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (NU) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have established an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) entitled, “Rehabilitation Sciences for Engineers and Basic Scientists: An Advanced Training Program”. This program seeks to prepare qualified postdoctoral trainees to undertake high-level research in themes relevant to rehabilitation and disability. The three research themes targeted include Mechanisms and Rehabilitation of Neurologic Disorders, Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders, and/or Prosthetics and Orthotics.

The primary objectives of this ARRT training program are:
  1. Provide quality training in rehabilitation research including state-of-the-art experience in planning and conducting rehabilitation research with an emphasis on experimental design, biostatistics and the performance of clinically relevant research.
  2. Educate basic scientists and engineers in the pathophysiology of neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders seen in the course of rehabilitation practice, and to instruct them in some of the key problems faced by clinicians providing rehabilitation care
  3. Train fellows in the methods and instrumentation required for the study of neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders, including amputee problems.

The ARRT training is designed for individuals who have a Ph.D., M.D., D.O, Sc.D. or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. We especially seek to recruit and train postdoctoral fellows who have disabilities, or who are from minority backgrounds to ensure that research will be reflective of, and responsive to, the full range of needs and experiences of persons with disabilities.

The ARRT is intended to create an environment that fosters a range of academic and applied research and training opportunities to meet the needs of fellows who wish to pursue traditional academic careers, as well as those who choose careers in applied research or industrial settings. The ARRT will train a cadre of scientists to become capable of assuming faculty positions in schools of engineering, basic science, allied health, public health and medicine, and of performing research relevant to the welfare of persons with disabling illnesses. Trainees will also be well-qualified to pursue careers in applied research settings, such as in industry or hospitals.

For inquiries about the three primary topic areas, please contact:
  • Mechanisms and Rehabilitation of Neurologic Disorders

Zev Rymer, MD, PhD (

  • Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Yasin Dhaher, PhD (

  • Prosthetics and Orthotics

Steven Gard, PhD (

To apply, please submit a cover letter, an updated CV and a list of 3 references via email to Steven Gard (

Northwestern University as an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.