Thanks for your interest in joining the Zelik Lab for Biomechanics & Assistive Technology, and/or participating in a research study.
Participating in a Research Study
We are actively looking for individuals with a lower-limb amputation to participate in research studies aimed at advancing our understanding of how amputees walk and the limitations of current prosthetic limbs, in order to develop next-generation prostheses. Research participants will be compensated for their time. Click here for further study details and inclusion criteria.
Joining and/or Collaborating with the Lab
PhD students are the backbone of our research lab, and we are always looking for talented individuals to strengthen our team. The number and types of PhD positions vary from year to year. I am excited to review PhD applications for the upcoming year. Please see this info on the PhD program and how to apply to the Vanderbilt Graduate School. If you decide to apply, please include information on what specific types of research projects excite you, what skills you are most interested in acquiring/developing, and what technical skills or research experience you bring with you.
Undergraduate & Masters Students
We are excited to continue to involve undergraduate and Masters students in research! If you are interested, please view this detailed document on guidelines, expectations and how to apply. In addition, undergraduate students may also be eligible to apply for specific summer research opportunities in our lab, via the VUSE Summer Research Program (please follow instructions on their website and submit applications through their portal).
Medical Students, Resident or Clinicians
Please contact Prof. Zelik via email to discuss potential opportunities.
Post-Doctoral Scholars or Visiting Faculty
Please contact Prof. Zelik via email to discuss potential opportunities. Note: On June 26, 2019 an open postdoc position was listed and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled: https://gradschool.vanderbilt.edu/postdoctoral/opportunity-detail.php?id=424
What You Can Expect Here
What you can expect from Vanderbilt: A highly collaborative, collegial and cross-disciplinary environment (engineering facilities adjacent to medical center). State-of-the-art exoskeletons, prostheses and biomechanical motion analysis facilities. A challenging and rewarding academic/research program, amongst a close-knit community of talented and supportive students and faculty.
What you can expect from Prof. Zelik: The enthusiasm, support and mentorship of a researcher who is personally invested in you, and who cares about your well-being and growth as a researcher, engineer and person.
What you can expect from Nashville: It’s awesome! TIME magazine recently dubbed Nashville the Red-Hot Town because it’s booming economically, culturally and socially, with a lot to offer in terms of food, music, theater, sports, parks, recreation and festivities. And the weather is great!