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07-26-2001, 09:07 AM
Research Biomechanist (Engineer)

The Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Excellence for Limb
Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering at the VA Puget Sound Health
Care System in Seattle has a position available for a Research
Biomechanist (Engineer) specializing in motion analysis. The successful
candidate will assist the directors and senior staff, collaborating
investigators and engineering graduate students in designing and
conducting research studies appropriate to the goals of the Research
Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in
the development of research study design and methodology, as well as
data analysis and reporting of results. Additional tasks include
assistance with grant writing and manuscript preparation. Supervisory
functions include providing direction and technical assistance for gait
laboratory technicians and graduate students conducting research
studies. Technical competencies include the calibration and day-to-day
maintenance of the Motion Analysis Laboratory's equipment including:
force and pressure plates, retro-reflective and electromagnetic motion
analysis systems, accelerometers, dynamic EMG and metabolic performance

The VA RR&D Center collaborates with the University of Washington
Departments of Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Bioengineering,
Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The purpose of the
Center's research is to provide further understanding of biomechanics
and applications in the field of orthopaedics, rehabilitation,
amputation prevention, gait analysis and prosthetic design. This work
has the potential for having a major impact on the diagnosis, treatment
and rehabilitation of Veterans and non-veterans suffering physical
trauma and diminished lower limb function.

This position requires a Masters or Doctoral degree in Mechanical
Engineering, Biomechanics, or Bioengineering, as well as knowledge of
the theories, principles, practices and techniques of biomechanics. The
candidate should have a least one year experience working in a motion
analysis laboratory and must have demonstrated the ability to conduct
scholarly research by completing a project and publishing the results.
Necessary skills include knowledge and experience in mechanical
engineering and bioengineering, computer systems, anatomy and
physiology, medical statistics, execution of research studies, and
preparation of publications and reports. The candidate should have
supervisory experience as well. Experience with the use of machine shop
and electronic assembly tools to construct specialized research
instruments and fixtures would be advantageous.

EOE, Must be U.S. Citizen. Salary is competitive and commensurate with
experience. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, and resume
with 3 references to:

Tonja Hagen
VA RR&D Center, MS 151
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Please use the above contact information.

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William R. Ledoux, Ph.D.
VA Puget Sound
MS 151
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
phone: 206-768-5347
fax: 206-277-3963
email: wrledoux@u.washington.edu

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