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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

The Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate!

Bouvé College of Health Sciences is comprised of four preeminent schools of study encompassing approximately 1,000 faculty and staff, 5,000 students, and 40,000 alumni.

Please note: The primary work location for this position is the Boston MA Northeastern University Campus Location. Until our full return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process will be conducted remotely- including virtual interviews, remote onboarding and remote work. The remote nature of this position is subject to change in the future and is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the College and this role return to an operational status that supports it.


The Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Biomechanics Laboratory (, directed by Joshua Stefanik in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science at Northeastern University, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Research in the laboratory falls under two broad categories: 1) studies related to epidemiology of knee OA/knee pain leveraging the rich Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study ( and 2) studies of gait and human movement related to knee pain across the lifespan and OA. The goal of our work is to determine risk factors, mechanisms, and treatments for knee osteoarthritis. Methodology employed includes 3-D motion capture/biomechanics assessment, gait retraining, knee joint MRI assessment, musculoskeletal modeling, and epidemiological methods using large OA cohort studies. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also work closely with Dr. Sandra Shefelbine ( in the College of Engineering on a collaborative project using musculoskeletal modeling techniques to investigate changes in muscle and joint forces after gait retraining interventions. The candidate will be an integral team member, make creative contributions to innovative scientific directions in the lab, and contribute to writing manuscripts and grants. The appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal, pending funding and performance. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021 but is flexible. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


A Ph.D. degree in bioengineering, rehabilitation science, movement science, biomechanics, or related field is required. Experience conducting human subjects research and motion capture data collection and processing is required as well as a strong background in biostatistics. Additionally, experience in musculoskeletal modeling using OpenSim is preferred. The candidate should have strong written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to work independently.


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For more than a century, Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences has championed a simple idea: Experience deepens learning. Here, at one of the nation’s leading health science colleges, future pharmacists, policymakers, administrators, nurses, physical therapists, scientists, speech therapists, and psychologists learn from renowned professors, while apprenticing alongside preeminent clinicians and researchers at top health institutions.

Bouvé College of Health Sciences encompasses four exceptional schools, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Pharmacy. Together, these institutions leverage interdisciplinary collaboration and strategic synergies to tackle the world’s most pressing health challenges. It is this cross-pollination of academic rigor, interdisciplinary perspectives and globally recognized experiential learning that distinguishes Bouvé and its graduates.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Bouvé College of Health Sciences values and respects the multiple and diverse identities of our shared humanity across race, ethnicity, class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, and military service. We are committed to enlivening the climate of diversity at Bouvé through teaching, learning, dialogue, and relationship building. We seek to nurture inhabitable and welcoming spaces where all members feel that their ideas, voice, and lived experiences matter. We avow that differences in perspectives exist, are to be anticipated, and that respect for our differences is foundational to the universe of ideas that enrich our lives and professions. We are committed to advocacy, inclusion, and justice for all.

Northeastern University offers a comprehensive and competitive employee benefits program for all full-time regular faculty and staff including medical plans, a dental plan, medical and dependent-care reimbursement accounts, retirement plans, life insurance benefits, disability programs, and tuition reimbursement.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

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