Open positions in the Neuromechanics Lab
Seeking Post Doctoral Researcher in the Neuromechanics Lab
Mechanisms of balance impairments in Parkinson’s disease
- Work collaboratively to experimentally and/or computationally identify key muscle and neural feedback components contributing to postural instability in Parkinson’s disease.
- Design, execute, analyze, and publish in at least two of the three following areas:
- Experiments in Parkinson’s patients to characterize changes in postural stability and muscle activity due to dopaminergic medications during postural perturbations.
- Calibrate and validate novel optical measurements of muscle metabolism against muscle stiffness and electromyographic signals.
- Experiments in neurotypical humans subjects to characterize changes in postural stability and muscle activity with adaptation and age.
- Computer simulations to characterize and understand contributions of muscle properties and sensorimotor feedback in normal and impaired postural stability.
- Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Muscle Mechanics, Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering or related field.
- Proven track record of successfully executing and publishing research projects in electrophysiology, muscle mechanics, sensorimotor control or biomechanics.
Seeking PhD student in the Neuromechanics Lab
Seeking PhD student to be jointly supervised by Lena Ting and Irfan Essa to work on interdisciplinary research in physical human-robot interaction (HRI) with applications to gait rehabilitation. Project involves modeling human gait from motion capture and/or video data, and modeling changes in gait resulting from small force perturbations. Gait models developed using unsupervised machine learning approaches will be applied on a novel robotic gait rehabilitation platform for real-time control of the robotic interface. Strong data modeling and MATLAB programming skills are required. The ideal candidate will bring experience with machine learning, either through prior work or through intended coursework. Experience with biological signal processing, biomechanics, and/or motor control preferred. Experience with C++, Python and implementing algorithms on real-time systems and on GPUs is also a plus.
Multiple PhD programs considered: Machine Learning, Robotics, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Mechanical Engineering.
Direct any questions to Dr. Lena Ting at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: "Neuromechanics Doctoral Position"