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Director of the Human Performance Laboratory

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
North Chicago, Illinois
salary negotiable, includes a generous benefits package
Closing date
Aug 11, 2021
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Position Summary

The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine’s Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago is seeking to hire a director for its Human Performance Laboratory as part of a 12 month, open-ranked tenure-track position. Founded in 2004, CLEAR serves as one of the nation’s most productive and well-known interdisciplinary podiatric research centers as evidenced by its exemplary publication record in diverse journals and a history of industry and federally funded projects from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the American Diabetes Association. Ongoing research efforts within CLEAR are focused on: biomechanics of locomotion; material testing; fall-risk assessment; diabetic wound healing; fall-prevention and promoting mobility across populations including older adults, patients with diabetes, patients with traumatic brain injury, patients with obesity, and patients with lower extremity amputation. The successful candidate must be able to synergistically contribute to these efforts. The Human Performance Laboratory is a state-of-the-art 1800 sq ft facility equipped to support the majority of research within CLEAR. The lab houses a 14 camera VICON system, 5 Kistler force plates, a Motek C-Mill treadmill, Biodex, Instron 8511 material testing system, Gaitrite, Pedar, Emed, Tekscan pressure sensing systems, and portable calorimetry system.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a program of extramurally funded research, or a strong potential for funding as evidenced by refereed publication history and grant submission history. We encourage applications from candidates conducting basic and applied research that focuses on one or more of the following: 

  1. The effects of aging or diabetes on motor control, preferably as it relates to locomotion, with an emphasis on EMG analyses including muscle synergies and motor modules.
  2. Development and implementation of clinical trials to evaluate novel exercise-based interventions for improving mobility.
  3. The effects of cognition and/or psychosocial factors on movement.
  4. Foot biomechanics and/or the design and development of orthotics.
  5. Quantifying brain activity during planning and execution of movement using techniques such as fNIRS and EEG.

Candidates that employ methods that relate to the following areas: forward dynamic modeling, neurophysiology, virtual reality and exer-gaming, smart technology embedded system design, injury mechanics, or human device interface are also encouraged to apply. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, Diversity Statement and a Statement of Research Interests. 

Who We Are

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science encourages industry partnerships through its’ newly opened 100,000 square foot Innovation and Research Park as well as interdisciplinary research across the University’s five Schools and Colleges. Candidates are expected to have an interest in collaborating within interprofessional teams including podiatrists, psychologists, physical therapists, or other health professionals.

The University is situated on a spacious suburban campus next to Lake Michigan with easy access to Chicago, Evanston, and Milwaukee, as well as a rural countryside with an extensive forest district and bike trails. The University is located next to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, which offers additional opportunities to collaborate with interdisciplinary medical professionals and potential access to patient populations. 

The University encourages applications from individuals belonging to groups underrepresented in their field and those that can add new and valuable perspectives to the academic environment. We are also particularly interested in applicants with a commitment to mentoring and to increasing diversity in the fields of podiatric medicine, science and related health professions. All full-time faculty members employed by RFUMS are expected to engage in activities that are considered core to their primary role as a faculty member. These activities may include teaching, scholarly activity, and service.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Candidates will devote a majority of their efforts toward independent scholarly research, but will also be expected to provide some classroom education.

All full-time faculty members employed by RFUMS are expected to engage in activities that are considered core to their primary role as a faculty member. These activities may include teaching, scholarly activity, and service.

Teaching responsibilities vary and may include:

  • Direct instruction
  • Curriculum management
  • Assessment
  • Advising and mentoring for students

Scholarly activities vary and may include:

  • Original scholarship
  • Grant procurement
  • Research mentoring

Service activities vary and may include internal and external contributions through:

  • Committees
  • Contributions to the profession
  • Recruitment
  • Direct patient care

Scholarly activities and/or clinical activities are negotiated and determined at the department level and are primarily based upon the faculty track.

Required Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in science discipline, or a terminal doctoral degree in the health professions 
  • A minimum of 3 years research experience following terminal degree
  • Experience in running and maintaining equipment similar to that in the Human Performance Laboratory

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clinical and basic science faculty


Typical Physical Demands & Working Conditions

The selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. The individual must be able to participate in minimal lifting, bending, standing and walking. The typical working conditions are climate controlled environments such as an office, large classroom, small group, and interpersonal interactions with research participants, students, faculty, and staff.


EOE, Including Disability/Vets


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