Postdoctoral Fellow, OTP-NIRS

The Department of Orthopaedics, in partnership with International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of electro-optical technology, biological sensors, and exercise sciences. This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this positions requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

The UBC Department of Orthopaedics has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Our mission is to create knowledge, advance learning, and improve musculoskeletal health for the community at the provincial, national, and international levels. The Department consists of seven clinical divisions and a division of orthopaedic research, and is comprised of 200+ academic and clinical faculty who choose to contribute large blocks of their time to advance knowledge in the areas of clinical orthopaedics, musculoskeletal science as well as applied biomedical engineering and related basic science areas. This focus allows the Department to be at the forefront of exciting new developments in the areas of minimally invasive joint replacement, improved bone healing, advanced techniques in spinal surgery, innovative arthroscopic techniques, and improved biomaterials and implants.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in technical aspects of a unique Own the Podium and MITACS-funded research project that combines electro-optical technology, biological sensors and exercise sciences for developing a wearable device to monitor muscle fitness and metabolism. The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Babak Shadgan, Principal Investigator and Director of the Implantable Biosensing Laboratory. The incumbent will be based at ICORD ( with work being performed periodically at selected labs at UBC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The incumbent will work within a team comprised of researchers, technicians and students in the lab as well as other internal labs and our partners in Canada.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake and support all research activities related to the development and application of an optical monitoring technology, system and sensor, based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). The incumbent will be responsible for technical advancements of an optical monitoring technology based on NIRS, developing the operating software, design and prototyping the device enclosure. Responsibilities also include data collection from the athletes, data analysis, documentations, preparing reports, and maintaining necessary communications between technical collaborators, industrial partners, and regulatory agencies.

The successful candidate will have a background and expertise in design and fabrication of biosensors, as well as an expertise in Altium design software, Solidworks, MATLAB, C++, and traditional object-oriented languages (e.g., Java, .Net, Ruby, Python). For consideration, the candidate must hold a BSc or MSc in electrical engineering and a PhD in electronics, optics, biophysics, or biomedical engineering. A background in engineering, and knowledge and experience with NIRS is an asset. A background and expertise of medical device design, manufacturing, and certifications is an asset. Knowledge of fabrication of Lab-on-a-chip, nanodevices, and nano biosensors is an asset.

A detailed position description is available for those who wish to review it. Please inquire at the email address below.

To apply, please provide the following: a one-page letter of intent which includes a statement of your research interest, a detailed curriculum vitae, a PDF copy or a link to one of your recent and related peer-reviewed publications, and the names of three references. Complete application packages should be directed to:

Alisa Vink
Human Resources Coordinator, UBC Department of Orthopaedics
Subject Line: Postdoctoral Fellow, OTP-NIRS

Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is February 1, 2022 or upon a date to be mutually agreed. This position is expected to be 1 year in length.

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Please mention reference number GPS-55630 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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