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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 http://careers.umich.edu/search/; 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
Email: japz@umich.edu
MiPR Lab website: http://www.mipr.kines.umich.edu

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.

Where:

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).

Support:

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.