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The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology (CREATE) at Vanderbilt University aims to improve health, mobility and independence for individuals with physical disabilities, and to enhance human capabilities beyond natural biological limits, through advances in movement science and assistive technology. We’re looking for an engineering post-doctoral researcher to work on projects involving biomechanics, powered prosthetics, exoskeletons and exosuits. This position will help lead multidisciplinary research and development projects at the intersection of movement biomechanics and human augmentation exosuits (soft, assistive exoskeletons). It will require strong collaboration, communication and organizational skills. You will work closely with highly motivated and talented engineering students, scientific researchers, clinicians, patients and other end-users and stakeholders. You will also be given a high level of ownership over research and development projects, meaning you will need excellent project management skills and strong technical problem-solving ability.

Mechanical Engineering

Unless The Avengers are hiring, this is the closest you’re going to get to developing performance-enhancing super suits and life-changing human augmentation tech. Come help us envision, explore and shape the future of wearable tech. We are looking for an engineering post-doc to join our team in the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology (CREATE) at Vanderbilt University (engineering.vanderbilt.edu/create), where we strive to enhance human capabilities and reduce physical disabilities in society through the development and testing of exoskeletons, exosuits, prostheses, smart clothing, and wearables. This post-doc will help lead multidisciplinary research and development projects at the intersection of movement biomechanics and human augmentation exosuits (soft, assistive exoskeletons).

This role will involve user-centric, iterative design and testing, and will require strong collaboration, imagination, communication, and organizational skills. You will work closely with highly motivated and talented engineering students, scientific researchers, clinicians, patients, and other end-users and stakeholders. We are looking for someone who:
• is hands-on
• has a bias towards action
• is relentlessly resourceful

Functionally, you will report to Prof. Karl Zelik, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Director of CREATE, who is committed to mentoring and facilitating career development, be it in academia or industry (or both!). However, you will also be given a high level of ownership over your research and development projects, meaning you will need:
• excellent project management skills
• strong technical problem solving ability
• confidence to make consequential decisions

You will collaborate frequently with an interdisciplinary team, and take an active role in advising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and in lab management. We’re a highly interdisciplinary team with big imaginations and lofty dreams, and a willingness to take risks, try unconventional approaches, embrace failures, pursue translational research, and disseminate our work within and beyond academia. Expect to be challenged, to learn, to grow, to adopt a superhero alter ego, and to have fun. 

Desired Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, with excellent technical and teamwork skills, strong written and verbal communication, and a track record of high quality engineering, research, and publications. Candidates should hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline. The following skills are highly desirable:

• proficiency designing, developing, and testing wearable assistive devices such as exoskeletons, exosuits or prostheses
• proficiency with computer-aided design and hands-on fabrication of mechanical mechanisms or electromechanical systems
• proficiency with user-centric, iterative design and development 

• proficiency with human subject testing and biomechanical analysis (e.g., kinematics, kinetics, electromyography, wearable sensors)
The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance. The expectation is for the successful candidate to remain for a minimum of 2 years.

Institutional Information: Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally recognized research university located in Nashville, Tennessee, which has a metro population of 1.9 million people. The School of Engineering is located adjacent to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, creating a rich environment for interdisciplinary and translational research. Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please upload a CV and contact information for 3 references to the CREATE folder at https://vanderbilt.app.box.com/f/680b5b5c1bc74eb2bbb339ddc0085f5c. Please direct emails and inquiries to Prof. Karl Zelik (karl.zelik@vanderbilt.edu). Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Karl Zelik
: karl.zelik@vanderbilt.edu
: (615) 343-9769
2021-03-25 09:28:59

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