[robotics-worldwide] Two Post-doc Positions in Control of Exoskeletons (Rice University and University of Houston)

Marcia O'Malley omalleym at rice.edu
Mon Oct 29 12:31:06 PDT 2012

Two Post-doc Positions in Control of Exoskeletons (Rice University and
University of Houston)

Position Descriptions 

The MAHI Lab at Rice University (http://mahilab.rice.edu) and the Lab for
Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems (NBMIS) at the University of
Houston (http://www.facebook.com/UHBMIST) have each one opening for a
post-doctoral research associate starting between January and May of 2013.
The two post-docs will participate in an exciting research collaborative
project on non-invasive brain-machine interface, developed by the UH’s team,
for the control of the Rice’s MAHI-Exo-II robot for stroke rehabilitation,
in collaboration with UTHealth, and TIRR-Memorial Hermann Hospital (see
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2012/nibib-18.htm  and
atients-2/  for high-level descriptions of the research effort). The Rice
post-doc will focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of control
algorithms for upper extremity movements, triggered by human intent to move
sensed via EEG, with the intent of facilitating motor recovery after stroke.
The UH post-doc will focus on the neural interface design, implementation
and validation. Both individuals will be expected to work closely with other
members of the MAHI lab, the NBMIS lab and with our collaborators at the
Texas Medical Center.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in mechanical or biomedical engineering or
closely related field (e.g. robotics, electrical engineering or control
engineering).  We seek applicants with background in dynamic systems and
controls, experience in hardware implementation, Matlab/Simulink, and
interest in human biomechanics, neural interfaces, and neuromuscular
control. Complementary skills in computer science, biomechanics, and/or
neuroscience would also be valuable. Excellent communication and
collaboration skills are required as the selected post-docs will be expected
to work closely with current lab members and with collaborators.

Application Process

The positions are funded by the National Science Foundation and the National
Institutes of Health according to established stipend levels based on prior
experience. Interested applicants should send, in a single email with ‘EXO
POST-DOC’ in the subject line, to omalleym at rice.edu for primary affiliation
with the MAHI lab, or with ‘NEURAL INTERFACE POST-DOC’ in the subject line
to jlcontreras-vidal at uh.edu for primary affiliation with the NBMIS lab, the
following items:

1. In the body of the email:
     a. Desired lab affiliation
     b. A summary of research background and interests (<1 page)
     c. Doctoral dissertation topic
     d. Expected date of graduation (for those who are currently pursuing a
     e. Desired start date
2. As attachments (pdf)
     a. Curriculum vitae with a list of at least 3 references
     b. At least three papers which could be either published, accepted for
publication, or in-preparation, which demonstrate the required expertise

For full consideration, please apply by November 30, 2012. The positions are
open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Rice University, an equal opportunity employer and a Tier 1 Research
University, is a leading research university in the vibrant urban setting of
Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the U.S. Rice is a small, private
university with strengths in areas including engineering, biomedicine, and
nanotechnology. The undergraduate engineering program is ranked 16th (2013,
US News & World Report) nationally.

The University of Houston -- an equal opportunity employer and a Tier 1
Research University -- is the leading public research university in the
vibrant international City of Houston –the Energy and Health Capital of the
world. Forbes named Houston the best city for college graduates.

Marcia K. O'Malley (Marcie), Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Rice University, 6100 Main Street
MEMS - MS 321, Houston, TX 77005-1892
Phone: (713) 348-3545, Fax: (713) 348-5423
omalleym at rice.edu

Jose L. Contreras-Vidal (Pepe), Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Houston
W310 Engineering Building II
Houston, TX  77204-4005
713-743-4429 (O)
713-743-4444 (F)
jlcontreras-vidal at uh.edu

Chairman, 2013 International Workshop on Clinical Brain Neural-Machine
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Feb 24-27, 2013, Houston TX
(supported in part by the National Institutes of Health)

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