Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Postdoc in Snake Locomotion

University of Akron
Akron, Ohio
Closing Date
May 21, 2021

A postdoc position is available in The Astley Lab working on snake locomotion as part of my new NSF CAREER grant. This project seeks to investigate the muscular mechanisms of force and power generation during lateral undulation in snakes, the control of contact forces, and whether and how the mechanical and control demands of locomotion conflict. The investigation will use a wide range of techniques including dissection, diceCT, force-sensing and mechanically active test arenas, fluoromicrometry, electromyograph, in vitro muscle physiology, and robotics, and experience with any these techniques is advantageous, as is familiarity with the care and handling of snakes. This position also includes a substantial educational component, using live animal demos and novel “code-free” robotics methods to provide disadvantaged students experience in bio-inspired robotics.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology, engineering, or a related discipline.  Experience in any of the techniques is advantageous.

To Apply

Applicants should submit their CV and references via the the position (Postdoctoral Research Associate; Job ID 12869) on the University of Akron HR website. Review of applications begins 5/21/21. 

Please email Henry Astley (hastley [at] uakron.edu) with any questions.

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