30+ days ago


Chicago, IL


About Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions. By joining our team, you will be part of our life-changing Mission and Vision. You’ll work in a truly inclusive environment where diversity and equity are championed through words and actions. You’ll contribute to an innovative culture that is second to none, one that embraces curiosity, discovery and compassion. You’ll play a role in something that’s never been done before as we integrate science and clinical care to help patients achieve better, faster outcomes — as we Advance Human Ability, together.

If you are seeking career advancement, continuing education and research opportunities coupled with a diverse and welcoming workplace, competitive compensation and generous employment benefits, please consider the following opportunity, or visit ourcareers pageto explore additional openings.

General Summary

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the RobotLab, ArmsHands, and Center for Neuroplasticity will help lead design, development, execution, and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with the research team of his/her assigned Principal Investigator.

This position is in support of the activities of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the ShirleyRyan AbilityLab research hospital, and Northwestern University. The RobotLab focuses on artificial intelligence and the study of musculoskeletal mechanics, control, learning, and rehabilitation for restoration of functional ability. This human-machine interface experiments that develop models of re-learning to control after neural injuries such as stroke. This 4-year project funded by the NIH R01NS053606 is led by James Patton <> will invite two successive 2-year post doctorial fellows. We search for world-class engineers seeking innovation development, clinical research, and a multidisciplinary team mentality. Expertise is needed in robotics, human motor systems physiology, modeling simulation and controls.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arms Hands will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arms Hands will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Principal Responsibilities

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arms Hands:

  1. Ensures the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team.
  2. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
  3. Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
  4. Assists with development of collaborative projects within and outside the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and test ideas for new projects development.
  5. Applies for fellowships and grants for external lab funding and career development.
  6. Participates in weekly lab meetings, journal clubs and seminars.
  7. Builds and maintains a well-organized and accountable journal of own laboratory protocols, experiments, results and analyses.
  8. Develops, submits and publishes results of research projects in scientific journals and presents data to public conferences/seminars when needed.
  9. Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports directly to the assigned Principal Investigator

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

  1. Requires the academic knowledge associated with a doctorate degree
  2. Less than 7 years of postdoctoral training.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  4. General knowledge in rehabilitation to improve patient function, specifically in the areas of complex arm/hand and reaching skills.
  5. Specific knowledge in physiology, biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, biomedical engineering, neural engineering or others.
  6. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills needed to participate as a creative member of a growing research team.
  7. Ability to exchange ideas and to work closely with clinicians, patients and professional organizations.
  8. Willingness to network within the Institute and to independently strengthen/develop new external collaborations.
  9. Ability to timely plan and to coordinate project completions.

Preferred Skills

  1. Engineering, Math, or Physics degree
  2. Expertise in clinical intervention research, robotics, human motor systems physiology, modeling, simulation, and/or control theory.

Working Conditions

  1. Normal office environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Principal Investigator: James Patton, PhD