Postdoctoral opening in wearable robotics – Neurobionics Lab – Prof. Elliott Rouse

Dear Colleagues,

The Neurobionics Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department / Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of wearable robotics, open immediately. Our approach is to understand the dynamic mechanical properties that underlie human locomotion (i.e. joint mechanical impedance), and use this information to develop a new class of wearable robotic technologies. The specific federally-funded projects include the development of perturbation mechanisms / analyses for estimating leg joint impedance, and the further development of variable-stiffness prosthetic technologies. The position is fully funded for 24+ months. For more information, see:
Extensive experience and a passion for robotics, biomechanics, physics, neuroscience, abstract thinking, as well as a desire to impact the lives of individuals with disabilities.Candidates should have a doctorate in mechanical or biomedical engineering, robotics, or related discipline. In addition, expertise in all or some of the following fields is required:
  • Mechatronics, including development of refined physical prototypes that integrate sensing, actuation, and control
  • Precision machine design, with compliant mechanisms is a plus
  • Control theory and implementation in realtime embedded systems
  • Programming in Matlab and Python, and experience with Linux-based microcomputers
  • Biomechanics and knowledge of human locomotion
  • Human subject testing, and the development of IRB protocols
  • Proficient with linear systems / identification techniques is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Applicants will be expected to independently produce results, publish in high quality engineering journals, travel to national + international conferences, and be an active part of lab culture. Fellows will also be given time and mentorship to begin developing their own research, as they prepare to transition to faculty.
Position is open immediately, and evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
How to apply:
Applications should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be compiled into a single PDF, and be sent to Elliott Rouse, Use the subject line “Neurobionics Postdoc Application.” The University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering Department:The UM Mechanical Engineering Department is a vibrant and collegial community. We are well known for our leadership in core mechanical engineering disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary and emerging areas. The Department is consistently ranked among the top mechanical engineering programs nationally and internationally. More information about the Department can be found at:
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