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Postdoctoral Scholar, Computational Biomedical Engineering

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Department: Biomedical Engineering
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Sciences, Research

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job Description Summary

A postdoctoral associate position is available at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) to conduct research on a wide range of topics related to computational biomedical engineering. The appointment is for 12 months, with an option for renewal upon satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Successful applicants would join a team of postdoctoral staff, undergraduate and graduate students advised by Dr. Jingfeng Jiang, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of Biocomputing and Digital Health (a joint center affiliated with Health Research Institute and Institute of Computing and Cybernetics. The applicant would select research topic(s) working with the supervisor on the following area:
• Biomedical Imaging Analysis and Data Analytics Including Machine Learning
• Computer Modeling of Human Physiological Systems
• Software Development and Integration with applications in Biomechanical Analysis

Michigan Tech attracts world-class staff and faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Review and synthesis relevant literature.
Conduct image analysis, numerical modeling, and/or data analysis.
Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Disseminate research at national and international conferences.
Work with other members of the research team, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and research collaborators (inside and outside Michigan Tech).
Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.
Adhere to applicable safety protocols.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in Engineering, Applied Math, Physics, Computer/Data/Computational Sciences, or a closely-related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Experience in computer modeling
• Experience with computerized data analytics.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience in one of the mainstream software packages in computational physics (e.g., Fluent, FENiCS, etc.)
Experience in computational geometric analysis.
Extensive Experience and Knowledge in optimization, and numerical analysis of partial differential equations.
Knowledge and experience in computer model development and coding (e.g., Python or C++).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Knowledge and skill in computer coding (e.g., Matlab, Python, C++, etc.).
A record of publication(s) in mainstream peer-reviewed journals.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

The following research expertise is preferred:

Computational Physics, preferably in computational biomechanics.
Medical Image Analysis.
Computer vision with applications in Medicine.
Machine learning with applications in medical imaging.
We expect the postdoctoral associate to have the ability to work effectively in both numerical modeling and data analytics and to play a crucial role in interdisciplinary biomedical research.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a list of at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for its natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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