International Society of Biomechanics
Silver sponsor

Postdoctoral research associate

27 Oct 2022
08 Nov 2022
St. Louis, MO
United States
Washington University School of Medicine


Job Profile Summary: The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to join the Shoulder Biomechanics and Rehabilitation lab led by Rebekah Lawrence, PT, PhD. The lab is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with shoulder pain by investigating the movement-related factors associated with shoulder pathology, symptom manifestation, and functional decline. Our approach is to conduct rigorous, clinically-relevant research that integrates clinical assessment, diagnostic imaging, and state-of-the-art methods of assessing human movement with the passion and expertise of a multi-disciplinary research team. The successful applicant shares this passion and will contribute to all aspects of the research process including brainstorming, project planning, subject recruitment, data collection and processing, database management, statistical analysis, and dissemination.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Works collaboratively with the principal investigator towards achieving postdoc training and career goals.

  • Works with the principal investigator and research team members to successfully execute the aims of ongoing research studies.

  • Conducts literature searches related to research projects.

  • Assists with data collection and analysis including frequent interactions with human subjects to obtain biomechanics measures, experimental and diagnostic imaging, and clinical and patient-reported outcomes measures.

  • Performs complex statistical analysis of data collected and writes interpretative reports.

  • Disseminates research findings through presentations, abstracts, and manuscripts both within and outside the University.

  • Assists with grant and IRB preparation and reporting.

  • Complies with ethical standards and good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.

  • Provides guidance and mentorship to more junior lab members.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Science, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in human subjects research, motion analysis, computational modeling, and image processing.

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be committed to being a lifelong learner.

  • Proficiency in MATLAB programming.

  • Most importantly, the candidate is a good teammate and exhibits kindness, curiosity, creativity, and determination.

Salary and Benefits: Base pay commensurate with experience based on the NIH-pay scale for post-docs. This position is eligible for full-time benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions: Qualified candidates are encouraged to email the following to Rebekah Lawrence (

  1. Cover letter

  2. Updated curriculum vitae

  3. Writing sample (typically a first author publication from the PhD studies)

  4. Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing career goals and objectives for the postdoc training

  5. The names and contact information for at least three professional references.



Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

EOE Statement: Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.  Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.