Post Doctoral Associate [SHRS-Rehab Sci & Tech - (23006317)]

University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

Job posting number: #7187987 (Ref:23006317)

Posted: October 25, 2023

Job Description


Assistive technology (AT) plays a crucial role in supporting individuals with disabilities to live and participate in their communities. However, access to AT is often limited by several factors including restrictive coverage policies, shortage of AT practitioners, limited research evidence to support the benefits of AT as well as few trained interdisciplinary clinical investigators to perform research. As the number of people with disabilities continues to rise and healthcare policies drive care into the home and community, AT will become increasingly significant.  

To address the evident gap in AT research, practice, and policy, Pitt is offering a post-doctoral fellowship program in Career Advancement and training for Assistive Technology Practice, Research & Policy (CAT-PReP). The objective of CAT-PReP is to increase the number of rigorously trained rehabilitation clinicians to become competitive and scientifically productive researchers specializing in AT provision and policy for community living and participation. The CAT-PReP further aims to bridge the shortage of trained researchers in AT. This will enable the development of detailed research, enhanced evidence-based practices, and informed policies that support the effective utilization of AT in promoting community living and participation of individuals with disabilities.  

Trainee Eligibility:  

The eligibility criteria for the CAT-PReP program include: 

Show evidence of expertise in the disciplines. 

Not currently or have ever been a PI on a sizable research grant. 

Show genuine interest in AT research, clinical service, and policy. 

Plan to pursue further research as part of their career.  

Trainee Salary & Benefits: 

The CAT-PReP fellows will be appointed as postdoctoral associates at the University of Pittsburgh. The program will provide 100% salary support for two years plus some support for travel, supplies, and professional development. Trainees will receive a stipend of $55,000/year including health insurance. 

Minimum Education Level Required:  Have a terminal doctorate (i.e. DOT, DPT, CScD) or Ph.D. in relevant disciplines including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, audiology, and rehabilitation engineering at the time of application.

 Academic transcripts. Maximum two-page essay (1,000 words) describing your AT interests, career goals, and motivation behind applying to this training program. Names of two references and reference letters. Copy of clinical license, if applicable. 

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Job posting number:#7187987 (Ref:23006317)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:University of Pittsburgh
United States
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