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07-25-2001, 06:31 AM
Position Announcements - Biomechanical Engineer/ Scientist

Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory
School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Applied Science
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia

The Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory in the School of
Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University has an immediate opening for a
highly skilled biomechanical engineer/ scientist. Candidates should
possess a B.S. degree (M.S. preferred) in biomedical engineering,
mechanical engineering, kinesiology or a related field, and technical
experience and expertise in the application of biomechanical
techniques to the study of human movement.

The Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory is located on the
Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University, approximately 20
kilometers from downtown Vancouver. The Laboratory is one of several
research groups in the School of Kinesiology dedicated to the study
of biomechanics and motor control of movement, and seeks to develop
improved techniques for preventing disability and injury, especially
in elderly individuals. Research projects are aimed at either
enhancing our understanding of risk factors for injury and mobility
impairment, or developing and testing novel interventions. Most
projects are focused on balance, falls, and fall-related injuries,
and involve a combination of experiments and computer-based modeling.
More information on the Laboratory can be found at

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, and able to work
comfortably on both collaborative and independent research projects.
The position will involve the collection and analysis of data for
current grants from the NIH, CDC, and CIHR, and from various pilot
studies. Current data collection involves working with both young and
elderly subjects to assess postural stability, balance recovery, fall
protective responses, and various components of sensory and motor

* Serve as an instrumentation, methods and applications expert in the
area of motion capture and analysis for biomechanics research;
* Maintain and support the Laboratory's motion/ force capture systems
which include a seven camera Qualysis optical motion capture system,
four Bertec Force Platforms, a four channel EMG unit, and various
custom-built experimental devices;
* Maintain and develop computer-based data analysis routines using MATLAB;
* Assist with the development and implementation of new experimental
protocols and experimental instrumentation;
* Develop instructional materials and assist in the training of
staff, students, and fellows on proper motion capture and analysis
* Serve as an active contributing member on a number of diverse,
multidisciplinary research teams.

* B.S. degree (M.S. preferred) in biomedical engineering, mechanical
engineering, kinesiology, or a related field;
* Two years experience in a research laboratory, working on
experimental design, data acquisition, and data analysis. Past
experience with motion analysis, force plates, and EMG is preferred;
* Strong technical skills in the design of electronic devices, A/D
converter interfaces, and general electronic circuitry;
* Experience in computer maintenance, computer file backup and
software installation;
* Strong computer programming ability and experience using MATLAB and LabVIEW;
* Experience with experimental design and statistical analysis;
* Strong written, communication and interpersonal skills;
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a
multidisciplinary setting.

Applicant screening will commence immediately and the position will
remain open until filled. Salary is negotiable and related to
experience. To apply, please submit your resume, a letter outlining
your interest and qualifications, and the names and contact
information of 3 references who can comment on your scholarly and
research activities to:

Stephen Robinovitch, Ph.D.
Director, Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory
Tel: 604-291-3566
Fax: 604-291-3040
Email: stever@sfu.ca

Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of equity in
employment and equal employment opportunity to qualified applicants.
However, in accordance with the Canadian immigration regulations,
preference for this position will be given to Canadian citizens and
landed immigrants.

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