Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate

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Posting #:OP 04/2014
Posted:Apr 25, 2014
Employment Status:3 Year Term
Faculty:Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
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Job Summary

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Applied Physiology Laboratory and Environmental Ergonomics Laboratory

We are inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Associate, to begin 1 September 2014, for 3 years, funded by a grant.

The successful candidate will lead a research project aimed at examining the factors which affect pressure sores development in children with CP who spend much of the day in wheelchairs. These factors include temperature regulation challenges, wheelchair-seat interfaces and seat technologies, along with appropriate care protocols. The results will lead to novel and innovative interface technologies and improved care protocols for children who use wheelchairs.

The Candidate is expected to manage and coordinate the efforts of lab members in conjunction with the Principal Investigators across three major research areas. Firstly, the candidate will lead and coordinate the examination of the thermoregulatory mechanisms employed by wheelchair-bound children with CP and the skin’s microenvironment in different environmental conditions, making use of a state-of-the-art environmental chamber. Secondly, the candidate will lead the efforts of a collaborative team (academic research and industry) in examining intervention strategies involving various interface and seat technology to enhance sweat evaporation or reduce skin wetness. Third, the candidate will coordinate and facilitate, in conjunction with a clinical partner, the development of care protocols to reduce skin wetness in wheelchair-bound children with CP. This research will include collaborative elements with two research laboratories, industry partners and clinical partners.


The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in physiology, biomechanics, or related field and a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience.

• The candidate must have clinical experience and be comfortable interacting with children with disabilities and their families.
• The candidate will be expected to supervise and mentor graduate students and technicians in the laboratory, requiring experience and demonstration of strong project management skills and providing hands-on assistance to trainees.
• Background in the area of thermoregulation and use of relevant/related techniques is an asset.
• The candidate should have a strong track record in scientific publications.
• The candidate should have demonstrated grant writing skills with a proven record of an ability to attract funding.
• The candidate should be highly collaborative, self-motivated, team-oriented, and have excellent communication skills.


Please email your cover letter and CV to Bareket Falk ( by the closing date May 21, 2014.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measure will be addressed confidentially.