Postdoctoral Research Position - Advertisement Engineering - Computer Science Medical Device Development
A postdoctoral research position to work on a new medical device prototype is open in the College of Nursing at Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver WA. This position is interdisciplinary in nature and will be expected to interact with experts from the following disciplines: nursing, electrical engineering, computer science, materials science, and mechanical engineering.
The project involves the use of physical sensors, flexible electronics, data acquisition, and a wireless read-out unit. The research will be focused on (a) investigating different physicals sensors and their performance for a specific application, (b) exploring packaging and integration of sensors into a framework, (c) analyzing wireless low-power options for seamless transfer of data, and (d) implementing flexible electronics for digital read-out. The postdoc will also work on predictive techniques using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (with the help of other experts) to improve the device performance or accuracy of results.
A background in electronics, electrical interfaces, data acquisition, wireless circuits, sensors, and a knowledge of device development is necessary. Experience with flexible printed circuit boards and sensor design is preferred. Familiarity with AI is highly desirable. In addition, knowledge in troubleshooting electronic circuits is expected. Most importantly, the candidate should be a self-starter and have strong enthusiasm to explore new research ideas on specific topics and show strong resilience during the different stages of device development.
Core responsibilities will include:
Conduct research on developing a medical device using a suite of sensors and flexible electronics
Facilitate wireless read-out of data and interface with a smartphone or tablet
Explore long-term testing of the device under rigorous field conditions with emphasis on the identification of failure modes
Write proposal to seek external funding from grant agencies
Prepare verbal presentations, manuscripts for publication, and assist in patent applications
Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering
Experience with electrical design of biomedical devices is preferred
Experience and familiarity with sensor integration and packaging
A background in printed circuit board design is highly desirable. A knowledge of different sensing mechanisms is expected. Familiarity with MATLAB is preferred.
The candidate must have a strong publication record in relevant journals and excellent verbal and written English communication skills along with an ability to work effectively with others. The candidate must also have the ability to work well in a self-paced and independent manner. Must be committed to meeting research project deadlines. Salary will be commensurate with research experience and technical background.
How to Apply Please send a letter of interest detailing your qualifications for the position and a CV directly to Dr. Roschelle (Shelly) Fritz at [email protected].
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.