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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Allison Okamura

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Okamura, Allison
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Mechanical Engineering
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1-2 year appointment
Appointment Start Date: 
September 1, 2021
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Email the items described above in a single pdf file to aokamura@stanford.edu with "HAPTICS POSTDOC” in the subject line. Please apply by July 1, 2021 for full consideration.

The Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University is looking for a postdoc to contribute to projects on the design and perception of wearable haptics to start around September 1, 2021. The postdoc should have completed a Ph.D. by the start date and be experienced in (1) haptic device design and construction and (2) haptic system evaluation, including psychophysical experiment design and statistical analysis. Overall, the postdoc should be hands-on, highly motivated, and interested in contributing positively to research and training in a diverse, supportive laboratory environment.
 
The position is expected to last one year, with extension to a second year possible, and will involve contribution to two projects in parallel: The first project focuses on wearable electronics for multi-sensory cueing, for which we are collaborating with a company designing wearable vibrotactile garments. The postdoc’s role will be to develop display patterns for communicating directional information, perform perception studies, and manage project reports and interactions with the sponsor. The other project is to develop a develop a novel wearable sensory restoration prosthesis for individuals with a congenital disease that eliminates proprioception but not pressure sensation. The postdoc’s role will be to design the wearable device and test it first in individuals with normal perception, and then work with collaborators at the US National Institutes of Health intramural research program to test the device with individuals lacking proprioception. The postdoc will also mentor junior researchers contributing to the same projects and receive training in research management, grant proposal writing, and preparation for a faculty career. The salary will be at least $70,000 per year.

Required Qualifications: 
  • The postdoc should have completed a Ph.D. by the start date and be experienced in (1) haptic device design and construction and (2) haptic system evaluation, including psychophysical experiment design and statistical analysis.
  • Overall, the postdoc should be hands-on, highly motivated, and interested in contributing positively to research and training in a diverse, supportive laboratory environment.
Required Application Materials: 

1. A 1-page cover letter that includes: a summary of background, interests, and relevant experience, the doctoral dissertation title and date of Ph.D. conferral (or expected date), and desired / available start date (preferred within next 3 months)
2. CV (including list of publications with links to online papers)
3. Contact information for at least 3 references

 

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