First listed on: 28 February 2024

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Clinical Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

About This Opportunity 

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Research Fellow with experience human biomechanics and wearable assistive technology (ie., exoskeletons). This role offers an excellent opportunity to develop your expertise and an emerging research profile within the disciplines of biomechanics, ALS, and bio-engineering. You will also contribute to student supervision, commensurate with your level of experience.

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Initiate and develop independent research projects aligned with the broader theme of wearable assistive devices, with a particular focus on patients with Motor Neuron Diease (MND) and other neuromuscular diseases
  • Lead experimental data collection and analysis at the interface of clinical gait analysis and bio-robotics including management and analysis of multi-scale datasets
  • Research Project Management in overseeing the day-to-day management of research projects. This includes conducting literature reviews, data analysis and archiving, and developing data processing pipelines.
  • Work with biomedical sciences, clinical, and engineering colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.
  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.
  • Publication and Presentation: Publish research findings in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and present your work at scientific conferences.
  • Research Program Development: Establish and develop a coherent research program to enhance your emerging research profile.
  • Student Supervision: Contribute effectively to the supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research (PhD and Masters) students, as appropriate to your level of experience.

This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position through until January 2026. At Academic level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $77,324.85 - $102,945.12, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to$90,470.08 - $120,445.79 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You  

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in biomechanics and assistive technology, or related fields.
  • Evidence of publications in refereed journals and conference presentations
  • Strong experience in integrative human biomechanics data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation—including experience in working with clinical populations.
  • Experience in the application and testing of wearable assistive technologies in human participants
  • Flexibility and ability to work both unsupervised and as a member of a team.
  • Proficient in techniques including 3D motion capture, kinetic and mechanical analysis, ultrasonography, electromyography, musculoskeletal modelling, and familiarity with programming languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB) as well as OpenSim.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Taylor Dick. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Tuesday 12th March 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-35544). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday 20th March 2024.


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