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In order to formally submit your interest, please email your full application to Dr. Brian Umberger at: (it is NOT necessary to submit your application via this system job opening given attachment size limitations, though we will accept any submissions received through the system).  Applications should include a CV, cover letter, complete contact information for three references, and copies of up to three publications or other writing samples. The cover letter should specifically address the applicant’s interest in the topic area, relevant experiences and qualifications, and desired start date.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Direct questions about the position to:

Dr. Brian Umberger, Professor of Movement Science, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan


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Job Summary

The Locomotion Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an NIH-funded project focused on age-related muscle weakness and fatigue, and associated changes in gait patterns and the metabolic cost of walking. This position primarily involves musculoskeletal modeling, computer simulation, optimization, and other numerical techniques. The postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with Prof. Umberger, other members of the Locomotion Research Laboratory, and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who are conducting a complementary experimental study. The overall goal of the project is to generate a new framework for understanding the neuromechanical basis for fatigability in older adults, providing a strong foundation for targeted interventions to prevent or reverse the effects of muscle fatigue on mobility.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in biomechanics, engineering, movement science, kinesiology, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with musculoskeletal modeling and computer simulation of human movement, including
  • computer programming experience.
  • Experience working with and analyzing human biomechanics and physiological data associated with
  • motion capture, force platforms, electromyography, and metabolic measurements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team setting.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A record of peer-reviewed publications and experience preparing grant proposals.
  • Experience managing large, complex projects.
  • Experience mentoring junior scholars (e.g., undergraduate students, new graduate students) in a
  • research environment.
  • Experience with and interest in outreach and diversity activities.

Additional Information

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.