Applicants sought for postdoc fellowship in Passive Sensing Data Analytics and Behavioral Medicine at Northwestern

Northwestern is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Passive Sensing Data Analytics and Behavioral Medicine.  The HABits Lab and Behavioral Medicine Division in Northwestern's Department of Preventive Medicine seeks one or two postdoctoral fellows with a strong interest and competency in some combination of the following areas related to wearable sensors:

  • ECG/PPG/IMU data analytics
  • signal processing
  • feature generation
  • machine learning
  • embedded systems
  • mobile health interventions including wearable sensors

Initial focus will be on studying the use of cutting edge flexible wearable sensors in pregnant women.

The Center provides a unique, intellectually vibrant scientific home for researchers and clinician scientists who develop, implement and evaluate technology-supported behavioral interventions to promote health. The HABits Lab is a unique passive sensing data analytic lab located in the Preventive Medicine Department with the goal of bridging research between Computer Science and Behavioral Medicine.

The surrounding community supports a full spectrum of translational research and implementation. In addition to behavioral scientists, computer scientists and physicians, the Department's  faculty include 20 biostatisticians as well as world class experts in epidemiology, nutrition, and public health.  Several ongoing clinical trials aim to develop or test the effectiveness of technology-enhanced interventions to promote health behavior change.

The primary objective of the fellowship is to prepare the individual for a career that bridges between behavioral medicine or health promotion research and computer science research. The fellow will work on ongoing clinical trials, have access to data sets for publications, receive mentorship in grant writing and publication, participate in providing academic and clinical mentorship of graduate students and research staff, and be afforded career development opportunities through Northwestern University.  

Applicants should have a doctoral degree (or ABD) in computer science, computer engineering or a field related to data analytics of wearable sensors, and excellent skills in programming, communication, and writing. Minority applicants are encouraged. Appointment is for one year, with possible extension to two years, contingent on first-year performance. Salary and benefits are competitive.

To apply, please send CV and statement of interests to Nabil Alshurafa, Ph.D., c/o Alejandra Povedano, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, 680 N. Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL  60611, or to