[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral position, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

François Routhier Francois.Routhier at rea.ulaval.ca
Mon Feb 11 14:38:48 PST 2019

Postdoctoral position (3 years)
Smart dynamic seating and innovative design integrated to power wheelchairs

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social
Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la
Capitale-Nationale, Québec, Canada
Université Laval, Québec, Canada

The general objective of the proposed postdoctoral position is to
identify, develop and evaluate innovations in mobility and seating
integrated to power wheelchairs. The project will include two themes: 1)
smart dynamic posture, and 2) innovative design. This project will focus
on a user-centered design approach involving power wheelchair primary
users, as well as people close to power wheelchair users, such as
families, clinicians, etc. known as secondary users.
Smart dynamic posture ­ The activities related to this R&D theme are part
of ongoing research within a larger research project already in progress
funded by the Network of Centres of Excellence AGE-WELL (agewell-nce.ca,
Portal for the Systematic monitoring and Training of User-Caregiver dyads
after-Provision of Assistive Devices (MOVIT+)). The MOVIT+ platform
(Optimal Mobility via information Technologies) is a remote access support
resource (tele-monitoring and tele-training) currently under development
and implementation in various Quebec health organisaitons and is designed
for mobility assistive device users, their caregivers and the various
stakeholders of the network.  As part of this postdoctoral position, focus
will be on: 1) identifying sensors that will measure moisture levels and
shear forces between the cushion and the user's seat, 2) evaluate the
accuracy, validity and reliability of the measurements provided by these
sensors; and 3) interfacing the selected sensors with the MOvIT+ platform
as well as with commercially available wheelchairs equipped with dynamic
positioning systems.
Innovative design ­- The activities related to this second research and
development (R & D) thematic will consist of: 1) identifying emerging
technologies and needs in terms of technology development to improve power
wheelchairs, 2) identify, from the perspective of the wheelchair user,
clinician and the family members, the priority needs in terms of
technology development, and 3) develop and test prototypes in connection
with the established priorities.

This postdoctoral position will be conducted as part of a Mitacs
Accelerate industrial-program postdoc scholarship
(mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate/industrial-postdoc). The Postdoctoral
fellow will therefore be expected to divide his or her time between the
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social
Integration (CIRRIS, www.cirris.ulaval.ca) of theCentre intégré
universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la
Capitale-Nationale, and Amylior Inc. (amysystems.com).

The proposed postdoctoral position is 3 years. It will be supervised by
Prof. François Routhier, PEng, PhD (Department of Rehabilitation,
Université Laval), and Prof. Alexandre Campeau-Lecours, PEng, PhD
(Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université Laval). Ideally, it will
begin on or before September 1st 2019. The postdoctoral fellow will
receive a grant from Mitacs Accelerate Industrial-program worth $50,000
per year. This postdoctoral position is a unique opportunity. The selected
candidate will: 1) develop a unique expertise in rehabilitation
engineering, 2) develop relationships with, minimally, two stake holders
(the company and also wheelchair users and clinicians), 3) divide their
time between business and academia (Amylior inc. and CIRRIS), and 4)
develop skills related to management and entrepreneurship through Mitacs.
In addition to this opportunity, the postdoctoral fellow will have access
to training offered by Mitacs and AGE-WELL.

The sought-after candidates will have a technical profile, ideally with an
engineering backgroud (eg. mechanical, biomedical, robotics,
mechatronics). Given the importance of interactions as part of the
user-oriented approach, the selected candidate must demonstrate skills for
working in a clinical setting. Knowledge and interest in the field of
rehabilitation and an excellent command of English and French (written and
oral) will be considered assets.

For more information or to submit your application (single PDF document:
letter, curriculum vitae, names / contact details of two referents, copy
of the doctoral degree (if completed) and university transcripts), please
contact Prof. François Routhier, PEng, PhD, at
francois.routhier at rea.ulaval.ca. Application submissions are ongoing until
March 15, 2019.

Foreign students will need to arrange for a work permit from Citizenship
and Immigration Canada (CIC). Depending on the country of origin, CIC may
require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Temporary Resident
Visa to enter Canada. These steps may require a few months.

The CIRRIS is the research center of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
and is affiliated with Université Laval (Quebec, Canada) (ulaval.ca).
Research activities conducted at CIRRIS focus on personal (disability and
impairment) and environmental (barriers and facilitators) factors that
influence social participation of people with physical disabilities. The
dissemination of knowledge and the expertise of its members along with its
close ties to clinical, government, private and community partners enable
the CIRRIS to support the development of evidence based practice.

Amylior inc., a Quebec based company, is a Canadian leader in the field of
high-quality power wheelchairs. Since 1997, the company develops,
manufactures and markets body positioning systems (dynamic posture) and
power wheelchairs that are currently used in six countries (Canada, USA,
France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). This company is heavily
involved in R&D for the improvement of existing products and the
development of innovations that will meet the needs of its potential

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