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Please apply via the University of Michigan applicant management system by attaching one PDF file. The applicant management system website is; job ID number 152712. Applications should include a CV, cover letter of intent, and complete contact information for at least three references.

Applications will be reviewed as received, and it is anticipated that the short-listed finalists for the position will be interviewed by March 1, 2018.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Jillian Peacock, Lead Research Technician, MiPR Lab, University of Michigan
MiPR Lab website:

Job Summary

The Michigan Performance Research Laboratory—in partnership with the Detroit Tigers—seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to aid in the development of kinematic and kinetic analyses related to baseball performance and injury reduction. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicating closely with the front office, coaching, player development, medical, training, and strength and conditioning staffs to determine desired goals.
  • Collaboratively planning and implementing new methods and technology into the player development process to optimize player performance and reduce injury.
  • Evaluating new research and technologies to identify trends in the areas of biomechanics, performance training, sleep, strength training, vision, virtual reality, and wearable technology.
  • Working with data analytics experts in the Detroit Tigers’ organization to research, develop, and test predictive models as well as bring objective measures to assess player performance and reduce injuries.
  • Collecting and analyzing upper-extremity and whole-body kinematics during pitching techniques.
  • Analyzing and quantifying ball-flight kinematics and determining the relevance of player movement patterns.
  • Developing and testing on-field pitching protocols to identify critical windows and metrics that may relate to injury risk and/or performance decline.
  • Contributing to the development of information systems to streamline the flow of information to players and staff.


The three main sites will include:  School of Kinesiology, Michigan Performance Research (MiPR) Laboratory (Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), Comerica Park (Detroit, MI), and Joker Marchant Stadium (Lakeland, FL).


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be for an initial appointment period of 1 year, with the potential for renewal, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.  The final offer being extended for this role is contingent upon a successfully executed funding contract.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD (or other doctoral degree) in kinesiology, engineering, exercise science, biomechanics, or related disciplines.
  • Highly experienced in human movement biomechanics and physiological data analyses and related computer programming (e.g., Matlab/Simulink, Visual 3D, OpenSIM, and SQL).
  • Highly experienced in designing, collecting, and analyzing 3D biomechanical data during human movements, including experience with accelerometers, force plates, pressure pads, insole force sensors, optical motion capture; and experience in upper extremity biomechanics is especially desirable.
  • Knowledge and application of biomechanics of human movement, as demonstrated by contributions, such as (but not limited to) peer-reviewed publications, conference proceedings/presentations, technology transfer, and other knowledge transfer activities.
  • Experience or strong interest in formulating, writing, and managing research grants/contracts.
  • Ability to travel to and between the three main sites, and other locations, as needed.
  • Ability to successfully perform the responsibilities as listed in this description.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior experience with wearable sensor technology.
  • Prior experience working with athletes.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to non-technical audiences using data visualization.
  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills and experience.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.