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Jessica Maurer (simon Fraser University)
08-27-2002, 08:48 AM
Position Announcement - 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 function.

* 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 optical motion capture system,
four force platforms, an eight 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 methods;
* 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;
* Strong computer programming ability and experience using MATLAB. Visual
Basic, and other programming languages;
* Experience with experimental design and statistical analysis;
* Strong written, communication and interpersonal skills;
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary

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


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