Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/22/2021

Requisition Number PRN28138B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00196 - Health & Kinesiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $35568 to $65,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Departments of Health & Kinesiology and Physical Therapy & Athletic Training at the University of Utah are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to work across several studies related to neuromechanics of gait and balance in individuals with mild traumatic brain injury / concussion, vestibular injury, and other mobility disorders. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to

work with Drs. Peter Fino, Lee Dibble, and Bo Foreman to process, analyze, and publish existing and new biomechanical datasets. A special emphasis will be on 1) developing new analytical approaches for wearable sensor data, and/or 2) designing and building novel instrumentation to examine locomotor control. Fellows will be expected to advance ongoing projects and to collaborate with their mentors, collaborators, and PhD, Masters, and undergraduate students. There will be a significant emphasis on professional development, including training on independent lab operations, writing manuscripts for publication, disseminating results, obtaining funding, and mentoring student researchers (doctoral, masters and undergraduate).

Fellows will be expected to submit an application for external funding to a major federal agency or private foundation by the end of their first year. Fellows will have opportunities to develop collaborations with other University of Utah and Veterans Administration faculty / clinicians interested in mTBI, balance and postural control, biomechanics, rehabilitation, and orthopedics. Collaborations with the Departments of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Neurology, and Orthopedic Biomechanics are likely and encouraged to be a part of this fellowship.

The position is a full-time (100% FTE ) research dedicated fellowship for 1 year guaranteed.

Additional yearly contracts are dependent on the availability of funds and the performance evaluations.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is December 1, 2021 but can be negotiated upon hiring. Salary will be commensurate with experience and the NIH post-doctoral salary scale.

Please directly email your application or any questions about the position to with the subject line “Application for Postdoctoral Fellow”.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Peter Fino ( ) with any questions about the application or the position.

The Department of Health and Kinesiology and the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training are located within the College of Health, and are part of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. The Health Sciences Center is the major educational, research and referral facility serving the medical needs of Utah and the Intermountain West. The Health Sciences Center includes the Colleges of Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, the School of Medicine, University Hospitals and Clinics, the Health Sciences Library and related Core Facilities. Biomechanics research facilities in the College include two state of the art motion capture laboratories, an instrumented split belt treadmill, multiple suites of wearable inertial sensors, as well as vestibular and oculomotor testing equipment. In addition to these in-house facilities, the College of Health is in close proximity to associated clinical and research entities at the VA Medical Center, the Clinical Neurosciences Center, and the University Orthopedic Center. The University of Utah is a member institution of the PAC -12 and is classified as one of 151 Doctoral/Research Universities- Extensive from among 3,941 U.S. institutions and has consistently been ranked amongst the top 25 public research universities in the nation.

Utah is the west at its best! The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, in the foothills of the majestic Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Salt Lake City region has four distinct seasons, ready access to all outdoor activities including superb skiing at eight world-famous resorts just minutes from campus. The Salt Lake City International Airport is a Delta hub with direct flights to most major US markets and numerous international cities. There is easy access to hiking, biking, camping, and exploring in nearby canyons and in the spectacular red-rock country of southern Utah. Ten National Parks are within a day’s driving distance of the University. Salt Lake City also offers professional symphony, ballet, modern dance, opera and


Minimum Qualifications


• A PhD in a relevant discipline, such as kinesiology, biomechanics, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, or rehabilitation science

Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess the following preferred qualities:

• Extensive programming experience ( MATLAB preferred, Python, R)

• Advanced knowledge of wearables (e.g., inertial measurement units) including the processing and analysis of raw data

• Experience engineering, designing, and building new research tools to address specific research questions

• A track record of journal publications and/or demonstrated interest in neuromuscular control of movement, postural control, biomechanics

• Experience conducting human subject research and interacting with participants with impaired neuromuscular control

• Knowledge and ability to independently implement statistical analyses on large datasets

• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

• Ability to excel in both team and individual environments

• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

To apply, please submit the following:

1. Cover letter describing research interests and alignment with the ongoing research at the University of Utah

2. A 1-page proposal (i.e., a specific aims page) that you plan to expand upon and submit to funding agencies by the end of the first year (under “ Applicant Document – Other”)

3. CV

4. Names and contact information of three references.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.