Job Opportunities and Internships

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Rehab Engineering & Biomechanics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Marquette University

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow. Individuals with backgrounds in engineering are encouraged to apply.

This program takes advantage of ongoing collaborations among Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to train qualified candidates. Fellows selected for the program will receive training to: 1) conduct high-quality research; 2) complete a course of didactic and research instruction; and, 3) secure an academic and/or clinical position in rehabilitation research. The training for the fellow will be focused on disseminating publications, conference presentations, and the generation of high-quality grant proposals. The fellow will be co-advised by Brooke A. Slavens, PhD and Jacob Rammer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Gerald F. Harris at Marquette University.

The fellow will have the opportunity to work at The Mobility Lab, a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. Individuals with expertise in biomedical engineering, biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, and/or human movement sciences are encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates must have a doctorate in engineering or related field with strong research skills. Interest in mobility, shoulder biomechanics, wheelchair biomechanics, wearable sensors, and/or biomechanical modeling is desired. The position is for 1 year minimum.

To apply, please submit a cover letter with your goals, research interests, and experiences, a CV, and contact information for 3 references to We encourage applications from women, members of minority and underrepresented groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching mission. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


NIDILRR Postdoc Position in Rehab Engineering & Biomechanics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Marquette University – Biomch-L

If Interested: Please email Brooke Slavens at or Mary Wesley at

R2D2 Center Visiting Scholars Program

Job Opportunities iconR2D2 offers a wide variety of unique projects and experiences related to universal design, assistive/adaptive technologies, and community accessibility that will challenge and enhance the skillsets of visiting scholars and those wishing to complete a capstone project. R2D2’s focus on universal design, assistive technology, and community accessibility have provided past scholars with the opportunity to engage in projects and tasks such as…

  • Working with current center data to create a research project implemented with schools close to home
  • Engaging in teaching experiences
  • Creating grant proposals that went on to receive funding (I-Corps & IMPACT, HESTIA, MyAccessCoach, etc.)
  • Conducting app development for accessibility apps (AccessRatings for Buildings)
  • Presenting at state and national conferences (such as through the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, and the AOTA Education Summit)
  • Creating critical center-based taxonomies
  • Participating in the IMPACT program
  • And more!

Past visiting scholars have been involved in following ways:

  • OTD capstone projects
  • PhD dissertation scholars
  • MSOT third fieldwork rotations

If Interested: Please email the R2D2 Program Center Coordinator at with your C.V. and a letter of interest.

R2D2 Center Graduate Student Assistantships

Job Opportunities iconOur graduate student assistantships provide R2D2Center program and project support. Some provide general support and some work in specific funded projects. Most student tasks revolve around core research, development, or training teams and performing activities related to technology and disability. Duties include assisting faculty and academic staff with preparing proposals, reports, manuscripts, informational products, presentations, and dissemination efforts that may include web postings and formal print publications. Often duties also include tasks related to data collection and data management.

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Graduate Assistantships in Mobility Lab

Students also work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mobility Lab at the Innovation campus. Please see the accompanying information for details.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Hourly Employees

The R2D2 frequently employs undergraduate students to work part-time on our teams. If you have an interest in our projects and are studying in a related field where we need your skills (e.g. rehabilitation professions, biomedical engineering, computer science, graphic design, architectural design) consider checking in with us about open or future positions.


“Not only does work at R2D2 fit my schedule as a student, but it also reinforces concepts learned in the MSOT curriculum and facilitates my interest in universal design and assistive technology as a future occupational therapist. I have learned valuable skills in research and design as well as gotten the opportunity to work with and learn from other students and professionals.– Ellison Brooks, UWM MSOT Student

Working at R2D2 was a great decision I made at the beginning of my MSOT program at UWM because it provided a paid position to not only expand my knowledge on the research process and collaborate with, in my opinion, some of the greatest minds in OT, but also helped me grow as a scholarly practitioner. You take what you want from your experiences! From my perspective, R2D2 has a lot to offer to anyone who is even just slightly interested in research, AT, community health, and more. – Kassandra Bauman, UWM MSOT Graduate

“Especially getting the chance to work on the Access-Ratings for Buildings project has been a wonderful experience; I’m very passionate about the work that R2D2 is doing to create comprehensive public building accessibility rating applications to improve the quality of participation in community-based occupations for individuals with disabilities. I’ve learned so much about the complexity of this issue through getting to participate in community engagement event organization, interviewing individuals with disabilities to assess the current need for a project like ARB, taxonomy troubleshooting for AccessTools, AccessTools, MiniTools, and AccessPlace app testing, and even co-writing a manuscript examining the user perspectives and validity of AccessTools.” Stephanie Tkaczyk, UWM MSOT Graduate

The staff has also been great to work with, as someone who started with no research experience, they made me feel welcomed and helped me gain new skills. Thankful to be a part of this great team!” – Kaylee Schweitzer, UWM MSOT Student

“Working in the R2D2 center has been a great experience as an MSOT student. This center brings context to many of the topics we discuss in our classes; from accessibility to assistive technology, to research methods, these concepts and more are conceptualized and brought to life through our work and research.” – Emily Olejniczak, UWM MSOT Student

“I worked at R2D2 for several semesters during graduate school while completing my thesis with Dr Smith as my major advisor. I had the opportunity to participate in research studies and projects and assist with grant proposals. I saw how much hard work and dedication it took to get an idea on paper and then make it a reality. I learned the importance of teamwork. I witnessed Dr Smith’s leadership and the time and energy he poured into every project. I can certainly say my time at R2D2 not only improved my knowledge of research but also sparked my passion for program development.
I have now established an acute care occupational therapy fellowship, one of five approved programs in the country. My time at R2D2 gave me the confidence and skills to build the program and serve as a mentor to OT’s and other colleagues.” – Carrie Jennerjohn, R2D2 Alumni