Submitted: 12 April 2021
Department: Anatomy
Institution: Midwestern University
Job type: Postdoc
Apply by: 30 April 2021
Application email: [email protected]
Application URL:

The O’Neill Lab in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University (Arizona) invites applicants for an NSF-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, specializing in biomechanics and paleoanthropology.

The anticipated start date of the appointment is July 1, 2021. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable annually for two additional years contingent on performance. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to NSF-funded research investigating the evolution of hominin walking and running using a combination of gait biomechanics and musculoskeletal modeling-simulation. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between Midwestern University (O’Neill Lab) and the University of Michigan (Umberger Lab).

Responsibilities: The project will involve the collection of lab-based biomechanical data, including 3-D video, force platform, electromyography and respirometry data, as well as musculoskeletal modeling and the development of new computational tools using SIMM, OpenSim and MATLAB. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in data collection, analysis, presentation and publication of results, student mentoring and community outreach. There will also be opportunities to participate in the service and teaching mission of the Department of Anatomy.

Requirements: Ph.D., or evidence of completion by start date is required. Application documents must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and contact information for three references. The ideal candidate will have expertise in either lab-based locomotor biomechanics or computational biomechanics, or both. Research experience in biological anthropology, kinesiology and/or locomotor biomechanics is required. Experience with MATLAB, OpenSim and SIMM is also beneficial. To apply, please visit For primary consideration, applications should be submitted by April 30, 2021. Review of applications will continue on a rolling basis thereafter, until the position is filled.

Information on Midwestern University and its graduate programs is available at Inquires about the position should be directed to Dr. Matthew O’Neill at [email protected].

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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