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PostDoc: Musculoskeletal Modeling for Lower Limb Orthotic and Prosthetic Technologies
Posted: Feb 17, 2017

Salary according to TV-L (initially limited to 3 years, with possibility of being extended to 2 more years, full-time)

The post holder will work at the Clinics for Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University Medical Center Göttingen (http://cuop-umg.de) and will be hired as part of the newly established BMBF INOPRO project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project is coordinated by OttoBock HealthCare GmbH, world-leading company in orthotic/prosthetic technologies and includes a research consortium of 11 academic and industry partners. For more information please visit this link.

The candidate should hold a master’s degree in biomedical or mechanical engineering or an equivalent degree and a PhD degree or equivalent qualification (at least one year of research experience) in the area of biomechanical modeling with experience in musculoskeletal modeling and simulation and application to wearable assistive technologies including lower limb orthoses and prostheses.

The successful applicant will have accomplished work involving one or more of the following areas: musculoskeletal modeling and simulation, model-based synthesis of bipedal locomotion, identification of muscular/articular impedance, locomotion neuromechanics and energetics, motor learning, and system identification and control.

One of the post holder’s key responsibilities will be the development of computational model-based approaches for the synthesis of human motor skills into advanced orthotic and prosthetic technologies. Candidates must have good programming knowledge including C/C++, Python, and MATLAB programming/scripting packages.

The successful post holder will work towards the following tasks:
  • Developing computational frameworks for musculoskeletal modeling and simulation.
  • Translating insights from musculoskeletal modeling into biologically inspired control systems for wearable technologies.
Previous experience in a scientific environment will be a great advantage. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. This job represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual with a team-oriented spirit and a high level of intellectual and scientific competence. Please send via email a (1) cover letter, clearly stating qualifications for the position, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of research objectives/interests, and (4) the names of three professional references.

Please apply until 10.March.2017 to: Ms Carmen Modrok, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Klinik für Unfallchirurgie, Orthopädie und Plastische Chirurgie, Von-Siebold-Str. 6 37075 Göttingen Tel.: +49 (0)551 / 39-20101 Fax: +49 (0)551 / 39-20110 E-Mail: carmen.modrok@med.uni-goettingen.de

For more information regarding the position please refer to:

Post­Doctoral Fellowship: Altered Control in Cerebral Palsy
Posted: August 11, 2016

The University of Washington’s Ability & Innovation Lab has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow. This individual will work closely with a team of engineers and clinicians from UW and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare to better characterize altered neuromuscular control in cerebral palsy using a combination of muscle synergy analysis and dynamic musculoskeletal simulation. For more information, visit http://biomch-l.isbweb.org/threads/28401-Post-Doc-Altered-control-in-CP-OpenSim-(University-of-Washington-Seattle-WA)?highlight=cerebral+palsy.



Post­Doctoral Fellowship: Tracking & Training Muscle Activity After Stroke
Posted: August 11, 2016

The University of Washington’s Ability & Innovation Lab has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow focused on creating mobile technology to track and train muscle activity after stroke. This individual will work closely with a team of engineers and clinicians from UW, Microsoft Research, and the University of Texas at Austin to improve rehabilitation after stroke using a combination of biofeedback training, flexible electronics, and mobile applications. For more information, visit http://biomch-l.isbweb.org/threads/28886-ENG-CS-Postdoctoral-Fellow-University-of-Washington-Mobile-Biofeedback-Training?p=32486#post32486.



Biomechanical Modeling and Surgical Simulation Research and Development Engineer
Posted: July 19, 2016

Kitware is seeking to hire highly skilled Research and Development Engineers (R&D Engineers) with strong software engineering experience to work on biomechanical modelling and simulation projects. Kitware is developing surgical simulation and computational tools for patient-specific structural and fluid dynamics models that would allow surgeons to plan surgeries and to practice and advance their surgical skills in a risk-free environment. The target clinical applications include open and laparoscopic surgical procedures such as cardiovascular interventions, neurosurgery, nasal surgery, and orthopedic surgery. To learn more or to apply, visit https://www.smartrecruiters.com/kitware/94476783-biomechanical-modeling-and-surgical-simulation-research-and-development-engineer.



PhD Students and Postdoc Openings in Robotics and Human Control Systems Lab.
Posted: April 19, 2016

The Robotics and Human Control Systems (RHCS) Lab at Oregon State University has PhD student and post-doctoral positions available starting Fall 2016. The focus of the work will be to augment or restore human function in manipulation and locomotion tasks by designing implantable mechanisms. The mechanisms will improve the transmission of forces and movements between muscles and tendons or bone. Here are two representative papers on the topic in TBME and the Hand Journal.

Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of the work, the ideal candidate should have experience in most or all of the following:
  • Biomechanics (OpenSim)
  • Mechanical design (SolidWorks)
  • Kinematics, statics, and dynamics analysis
  • Fabrication and rapid prototyping (3D printing, CNC milling)
  • Experimental validation using robotic testbeds and measurement (force sensors, motion capture)
  • Human and animal cadaver experiments
  • Conducting live animal experiments
  • Biomaterial selection
  • Anatomy

The post-doctoral fellow position is expected to last two years.

Interested parties should email Dr. Balasubramanian one PDF file with the following information in the specified order. The email subject line should begin with “Responding to ad:”.
  1. CV that includes GPA, papers published, and projects participated in
  2. Three paragraph description of your background, your interests, and why this project is a good fit (maximum one page)
  3. GRE scores (including percentile scores) if you are seeking a PhD
  4. Transcripts if you are seeking a PhD

The RHCS lab is housed within OSU’s robotics program, which offers a robotics PhD and is the largest robotics program on the US west coast. Information on the robotics program is available at http://robotics.oregonstate.edu/. Information on the RHCS lab director Prof. Ravi Balasubramanian is available at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~balasubr/.



Postdoctoral Researcher, Baylor College of Medicine.
Posted: March 4, 2016

There is an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of high-resolution fMRI in the human brain. The position is for one year, extendable to 2—3 years with satisfactory performance. A major focus of the work concerns measurements and modeling of human cerebrovascular function, the mechanisms that enable fMRI. Other projects include the study of visual function in cerebral cortex and sub-cortical brain regions.

Required qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, Neuroscience, or Psychology
  • >=5 years computer-programming experience
  • >=2 years experience in image- or signal-processing methods
  • >=2 years experience in fMRI

Desired qualifications

  • Strong background in neuroscience, especially vision science
  • Strong programming skills in Matlab and C
  • Computational modeling experience using finite-difference/finite-element methods
  • Understanding of MR physics


Applicants should submit a cover letter with a statement of research interests, a CV, and a list of at least 3 references to Dr. David Ress at ress@bcm.edu. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 31, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. BCM is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and encourages applications from women and minorities.



Health Scientist Administrator, Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, NIGMS, National Institutes of Health.
Posted: March 4, 2016

The Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (BBCB) at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH is recruiting for a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) to manage research grants and other types of awards in its Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) branch.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the position. They should have expertise and research experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and/or data science for biomedical research. We prefer candidates with a broad background in the application of computation for solving biological problems or expertise in two or more of the areas listed above.

Familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, reviewer or NIH scientific administrator is a plus. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, as well as the ability to integrate a formal area of expertise with other scientific fields.

Open period: Friday, March 4, 2016 to Monday, March 14, 2016

For more information or to apply, visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/429555900/.



Assistant Professor, Exercise Science/Biomechanics at Northern Arizona University
Posted: November 19, 2015

Individuals are invited to apply for a tenure-track position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. We are seeking individuals who have research interests in Biomechanics that complement existing areas of research. The applicant will be expected to teach courses in the Exercise Science program including Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology, Biomechanics, or other courses within the major as needed. The successful candidate will: (1) maintain an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribute to the teaching mission of the department, including mentoring of undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows; and (3) perform service for the department, university, and profession. The workload allotment of the position is approximately 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service. Click here for more information or to apply.

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