The Legs & Walking AbilityLab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to advance neural interfacing in rehabilitation robotics and neuroprosthetics. One position is available immediately.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Human Medical Sciences or related discipline
  • Knowledge of myoelectric signal processing and control, non-invasive neural interfacing and processing of neurophysiological signals.
  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: methods for plasticity induction, statistical procedures, multimodal neural interfaces, non-invasive motor neuron activity recordings and analysis, advanced signal processing, and mechatronics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and running clinical studies.
  • Experience with non-invasive Brain Stimulation in humans to study movement.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications.

Our Lab:

The Legs & Walking AbilityLab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, is chaired by José L. Pons, Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University.

At the Legs & Walking AbilityLab we focus our main research efforts to develop methods and technologies that could help understanding and controlling human biological systems and their interaction with the environment. In particular, interdisciplinary research program is established with the mission of collaboratively pursuing the development of innovative methodologies, interventions, and assistive devices to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people with disabilities.

The focus of research and intervention in the Legs + Walking Lab is on trunk and pelvis stability, positioning and control of the hips, knees and ankles, as well as stepping and propulsion. The pursuit of new therapies may include the application of technology, biological materials and pharmacological and other therapies specific to neural action — which together promise the most exciting and hopeful advances available to enhance locomotion, gait and walking.


Interested outstanding candidates are encouraged to submit a CV, a 1-page research statement with selected publications, and three references.

To learn more about our research or to apply, please contact Prof. José L. Pons at jpons@sralab.