The Research Engineer will support the research agenda of the Stroke Neurorehabilitation Program in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. The program encompasses several laboratories that are actively developing experimental protocols and devices to advance the state of rehabilitation practice in individuals with movement impairment resulting from neurological injury. The Research Engineer will be responsible for software development, custom hardware design and existing hardware maintenance to support the various research projects. The Research Engineer will also assist in experiment design and implementation and data collection and analysis for the various research projects using a wide range of physiological signals including EMG and EEG and devices including robotics/haptic interfaces. The Research Engineer will also assist in the design and implementation of mechatronic control systems for new and existing robotic/haptic interface systems.
Assist laboratory personnel in all aspects of experimental data collection including experimental protocol design, software development and debugging, and data processing and analysis.
Management, maintenance and procurement of laboratory space, equipment and supplies including EMG and EEG recording systems, haptic interface devices, isometric force measurement systems and motion capture cameras.
Design, develop and implement control system algorithms for existing and new rehabilitation robotic devices to measure and treat arm movement impairment.
Assist with the mechanical design and implementation of new robotic systems or parts for existing systems used to measure and treat arm movement impairments.
Laboratory computer hardware and software maintenance including upgrades, updates and backups.
Documentation of laboratory acquisition and control software development for internal and external (publications and meetings) purposes.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
2+ years of software development experience and/or control systems design or other relevant experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge of Matlab and C/C++ or equivalent languages.
Knowledge of control systems theory.
Excellent management skills.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Ability to interact effectively in an interdisciplinary environment (individuals with disabilities, therapists, engineers).
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Master of Science degree or equivalent work experience in software development and/or mechatronics and control systems design.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience in mechanical system design related to biomedical devices including knowledge of autocad software (e.g. Solid Works).
Experience in a research laboratory setting.
Experience working with subjects in a health care/rehabilitation setting.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37019
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.