[jobs] Postdoc in Wearable Robotics at the University of Michigan ME Dept. / Robotics Institute

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[jobs] Postdoc in Wearable Robotics at the University of Michigan ME Dept. / Robotics Institute

Elliott Rouse
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Postdoctoral opening in wearable robotics – Neurobionics Lab – Prof. Elliott Rouse


Dear Colleagues,

The Neurobionics Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department / Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of wearable robotics, open immediately. Our approach is to understand the dynamic mechanical properties that underlie human locomotion (i.e. joint mechanical impedance), and use this information to develop a new class of wearable robotic technologies. The specific federally-funded projects include the development of perturbation mechanisms / analyses for estimating leg joint impedance, and the further development of variable-stiffness prosthetic technologies.  The position is fully funded for 24+ months. For more information, see: https://neurobionics.engin.umich.edu



Extensive experience and a passion for robotics, biomechanics, physics, neuroscience, abstract thinking, as well as a desired to impact the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Candidates should have a doctorate in engineering, robotics, or related discipline. In addition, expertise in all or some of the following fields is required: 

  • Mechatronics, including development of refined physical prototypes that integrate sensing, actuation, and control
  • Precision machine design, with compliant mechanisms is a plus
  •  Control theory and implementation in realtime embedded systems
  • Programming in Matlab and Python, and experience with Linux-based microcomputers
  • Biomechanics and knowledge of human locomotion
  • Human subject testing, and the development of IRB protocols 
  • Proficient with linear systems / identification techniques is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Applicants will be expected to independently produce results, publish in high quality engineering journals, travel to national + international conferences, and be an active part of lab culture. Fellows will also be given time and mentorship to begin developing their own research, as they prepare to transition to faculty.



Position is open immediately, and evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


How to apply:

Applications should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be compiled into a single PDF, and be sent to Elliott Rouse, [hidden email].  Use the subject line “Neurobionics Postdoc Application.”


The University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering Department:

The U-M Mechanical Engineering Department is a vibrant and collegial community. We are well known for our leadership in core mechanical engineering disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary and emerging areas. The Department is consistently ranked among the top mechanical engineering programs nationally and internationally. More information about the Department can be found at: http://me.engin.umich.edu/.

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu.

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.


Elliott J Rouse PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, Neurobionics Lab
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Core Faculty, Robotics Institute
University of Michigan