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Open Position: Sponsored Research Staff
(Postdoctoral Associate or Sponsored Research Staff)

MIT House_n Research Group

Job Description:

This is a new position. Seeking a Postdoctoral Associate or Sponsored Research Staff member (Ph.D. preferred) to join a multi-disciplinary research group that develops and evaluates novel mobile computing technologies for measuring behavior and helping people stay healthy as they age. This position is funded by a new four-year NIH grant to develop a hardware and software system that will enable medical researchers to affordably measure physical activity type and intensity and its location in very large populations of adults using ordinary mobile phones. 

Responsibilities will include (1) development and testing of open-source wireless accelerometer technology designed to communicate with mobile phone devices, extending past work at MIT, (2) development and testing of pattern classification algorithms that use wearable sensors to automatically detect physical activity, (3) interaction with other team members at MIT and Stanford to design and test the hardware and software technology, (4) active participation writing research papers on the design and use of the technology for healthcare, (5) actively working to foster an open-source community of developers to extend the technology, and (6) interaction with other researchers working on developing technologies for the NIH’s Exposure Biology Program. The technology developed as part of this work may ultimately be commercialized and incorporated into a U.S. population-based research project to assess the health impact of genes and a person’s activities and environment.

Funding is available for 1 year and renewable for a second year. Some additional time to continue working with the research team as a consultant is budgeted for a third year, with additional opportunities to commercialize the open-source technology that is created as part of this research possible after that.  

The work will be a collaboration between MIT and Stanford Medical School.

For additional information, read the project abstract and a project abstract for a related complimentary project that will be starting at the same time.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science (or closely related subject), with expertise in embedded systems design (hardware) and RF design (e.g. Bluetooth or any other RF protocols used in sensor networks). Candidates without a Ph.D. but extensive experience developing wireless technology for research may be considered. The candidate must possess previous experience in designing, prototyping, testing and debugging electronic circuits as well as experience in sending the design specifications to external companies for manufacturing. Microcontroller programming and knowledge of interfacing microcontrollers to analog and digital sensors is required. Must be competent in programming (C++, Matlab, C# and/or Java), with past experience writing programs used for scientific research. Expertise in pattern classification strongly preferred. Experience working in physical activity assessment and/or health technology an asset. Experience writing research publications for submission to professional engineering conferences and journals required. Candidate should possess excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with external researchers in engineering and medicine

To Apply:

Please forward a cover letter, a CV (including contact information for three references), and two recent publications to Dr. Stephen Intille via email (  Applications will be reviewed as received, with negotiable start date (ideally this fall). For more details on the project or position, contact Dr. Intille via email or at 617-452-2346.

Last modified: 8/22/07