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Postdoctoral Scholar: Implantable Biomechatronic Muscle-Tendon Systems in Animal Models
Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Illinois
 
 
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Date Posted 08/27/2021
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department of Kinesiology and the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a postdoctoral research appointment to work on novel implantable assistive muscle-tendon systems in animal models. The postdoctoral researcher will interact closely within our cross-disciplinary team to help test, and develop, biocompatible implantable micro-actuators and elastic tendon constructs to assist impaired walking arising from muscle weakness (performed on avian bipedal animal models).

Experimental work will be performed in Dr. Rubenson’s group (Muscle Function + Locomotion Laboratory and the Biomechanics Laboratory; Kinesiology Department / Integrative and Biomedical Physiology Program) at Penn State University.  Dr. Rubenson’s group adopts both whole-body biomechanical and energetic analyses and muscle-level analyses using in vivo and computational (e.g. OpenSim) techniques.  Further experimental work and training in orthopaedic surgical techniques will take place in Dr. Aynardi’s group in the Dept. of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State’s College of Medicine.  The Postdoctoral researcher will work closely with partners in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State (Dr. Bo Cheng and Dr. Larry Cheng) and the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech (Dr. Gregory Sawicki), with opportunities for training in bio- and wearable robotics and actuation, biosensing, and closed-loop control. Opportunities exist for collaborative research and training visits to Dr. Sawicki’s group at Georgia Tech. Other expectations include: writing grants and manuscripts, presenting research at lab meetings, journal club, department colloquium, seminars, and professional conferences. In addition, the postdoc will work with graduate, undergraduate and honors students and provide guidance to help them develop their research interests and skills.

The position is part of a new Penn State Huck Institutes of Life Sciences (https://www.huck.psu.edu/ ) program partnering Penn State’s College of Health & Human Development, College of Medicine, and College of Engineering, and Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. 

Candidates should have a PhD degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, kinesiology, orthopaedics, biology/physiology/zoology, or a related field. We seek candidates with experience in animal research with a strong biomechanical and/or orthopaedic background, and eager to learn state-of-the art biomechatronic skills. Alternatively, those with a background in biorobotics/biomechatornics interested in exploring experimental/ in vivo research in animals may also apply.  Strong technical skills including MATLAB programming and experience with motion analysis, in vivo instrumentation, cadaveric/orthopaedic analyses, and/or computational biomechanics, is highly desirable.

The appointment is initially for one year, with the potential for a second year contingent on performance and milestone assessment.  We are planning for the postdoctoral position to start February 1, 2022.

If you are interested, please send an email including a cover letter outlining your background and relevant experience, your CV, selected publications and contact information for three references to Dr. Jonas Rubenson (jonas@psu.edu ). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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CURRENT EMPLOYEES OR STUDENTS:

If you are a current employee (faculty, staff, technical service, or student) at Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the internal application process . If you are a current student at Penn State and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process .

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department of Kinesiology and the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a postdoctoral research appointment to work on novel implantable assistive muscle-tendon systems in animal models. The postdoctoral researcher will interact closely within our cross-disciplinary team to help test, and develop, biocompatible implantable micro-actuators and elastic tendon constructs to assist impaired walking arising from muscle weakness (performed on avian bipedal animal models).

Experimental work will be performed in Dr. Rubenson’s group (Muscle Function + Locomotion Laboratory and the Biomechanics Laboratory; Kinesiology Department / Integrative and Biomedical Physiology Program) at Penn State University.  Dr. Rubenson’s group adopts both whole-body biomechanical and energetic analyses and muscle-level analyses using in vivo and computational (e.g. OpenSim) techniques.  Further experimental work and training in orthopaedic surgical techniques will take place in Dr. Aynardi’s group in the Dept. of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State’s College of Medicine.  The Postdoctoral researcher will work closely with partners in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State (Dr. Bo Cheng and Dr. Larry Cheng) and the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech (Dr. Gregory Sawicki), with opportunities for training in bio- and wearable robotics and actuation, biosensing, and closed-loop control. Opportunities exist for collaborative research and training visits to Dr. Sawicki’s group at Georgia Tech. Other expectations include: writing grants and manuscripts, presenting research at lab meetings, journal club, department colloquium, seminars, and professional conferences. In addition, the postdoc will work with graduate, undergraduate and honors students and provide guidance to help them develop their research interests and skills.

The position is part of a new Penn State Huck Institutes of Life Sciences (https://www.huck.psu.edu/ ) program partnering Penn State’s College of Health & Human Development, College of Medicine, and College of Engineering, and Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. 

Candidates should have a PhD degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, kinesiology, orthopaedics, biology/physiology/zoology, or a related field. We seek candidates with experience in animal research with a strong biomechanical and/or orthopaedic background, and eager to learn state-of-the art biomechatronic skills. Alternatively, those with a background in biorobotics/biomechatornics interested in exploring experimental/ in vivo research in animals may also apply.  Strong technical skills including MATLAB programming and experience with motion analysis, in vivo instrumentation, cadaveric/orthopaedic analyses, and/or computational biomechanics, is highly desirable.

The appointment is initially for one year, with the potential for a second year contingent on performance and milestone assessment.  We are planning for the postdoctoral position to start February 1, 2022.

If you are interested, please send an email including a cover letter outlining your background and relevant experience, your CV, selected publications and contact information for three references to Dr. Jonas Rubenson (jonas@psu.edu ). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Affirmative Action

Penn State Policies

Copyright Information

Hotlines

University Park, PA

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