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Washington State University
  • Position Number: 1678788
  • Location: Vancouver, WA
  • Position Type: Engineering - Electrical

Postdoctoral Research Position - Medical Device Development

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Postdoctoral Research Position - Advertisement
Engineering - Computer Science
Medical Device Development

A postdoctoral research position to work on a new medical device prototype is open in the College of Nursing at Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver WA. This position is interdisciplinary in nature and will be expected to interact with experts from the following disciplines: nursing, electrical engineering, computer science, materials science, and mechanical engineering.

The project involves the use of physical sensors, flexible electronics, data acquisition, and a wireless read-out unit. The research will be focused on (a) investigating different physicals sensors and their performance for a specific application, (b) exploring packaging and integration of sensors into a framework, (c) analyzing wireless low-power options for seamless transfer of data, and (d) implementing flexible electronics for digital read-out. The postdoc will also work on predictive techniques using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (with the help of other experts) to improve the device performance or accuracy of results.

A background in electronics, electrical interfaces, data acquisition, wireless circuits, sensors, and a knowledge of device development is necessary. Experience with flexible printed circuit boards and sensor design is preferred. Familiarity with AI is highly desirable. In addition, knowledge in troubleshooting electronic circuits is expected. Most importantly, the candidate should be a self-starter and have strong enthusiasm to explore new research ideas on specific topics and show strong resilience during the different stages of device development.

Core responsibilities will include:
  • Conduct research on developing a medical device using a suite of sensors and flexible electronics
  • Facilitate wireless read-out of data and interface with a smartphone or tablet
  • Explore long-term testing of the device under rigorous field conditions with emphasis on the identification of failure modes
  • Write proposal to seek external funding from grant agencies
  • Prepare verbal presentations, manuscripts for publication, and assist in patent applications

  • Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering
  • Experience with electrical design of biomedical devices is preferred
  • Experience and familiarity with sensor integration and packaging
  • A background in printed circuit board design is highly desirable. A knowledge of different sensing mechanisms is expected. Familiarity with MATLAB is preferred.

    The candidate must have a strong publication record in relevant journals and excellent verbal and written English communication skills along with an ability to work effectively with others. The candidate must also have the ability to work well in a self-paced and independent manner. Must be committed to meeting research project deadlines. Salary will be commensurate with research experience and technical background.

    How to Apply
    Please send a letter of interest detailing your qualifications for the position and a CV directly to Dr. Roschelle (Shelly) Fritz at

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