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avrilmansfield
08-03-2004, 03:29 AM
Please direct all enquires to Amy Peters (contact information below).

Title: BIOMECHANICS RESEARCH ASSISTANT (2 positions available)
Location: Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto,
Canada
Date: July 28, 2004

Description:

We are seeking two enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with a strong
practical
background in Motor Control, Biomechanics or Biomechanical Engineering, to
work as
research assistants in a balance, gait and motor control laboratory. The
successful
candidates will join a multi-disciplinary research team headquartered at the
Centre
for Studies in Aging (CSiA), Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences
Centre.
Sunnybrook & Women's is a major teaching hospital fully affiliated with the
University
of Toronto. The research team is currently led by six senior scientists:
three
bioengineers (Drs. Brian Maki, Geoff Fernie and Milos Popovic), a
neuroscientist
(Dr. William McIlroy) and two clinicians (Drs. Barbara Liu and Rory Fisher).
The research program is supported by a major team grant from the Canadian
Institutes
of Health Research, as well as operating grants and other funds held by the
individual scientists.

The research program is aimed primarily at understanding effects of aging on
the
control of balance and movement, and developing new approaches to prevent
falls
and promote safe mobility in older adults. Within these areas, there is a
wide range
of projects, encompassing fundamental studies of biomechanics and motor
control,
applied research and development of assistive technologies, and clinical
falls
prevention programs. A major strength of the program is the combination of
basic
science, clinical research and product design and development. Research
facilities
include a unique large-scale multi-axis moving platform system for evoking
postural
reactions, and associated instrumentation (motion-analysis systems, force
plates,
EMG, eye tracker, etc). Development facilities include design workstations,
electronics and machine shops, and laboratories for testing of prototypes.

For more information about our research, please see our web site:
www.swchsc.on.ca/~csia/CSIAInfo


Responsibilities:

The Research Assistants will be responsible for recruiting and screening
volunteers for
experiments, running experiments and performing the associated data
collection (force
plate, EMG, kinematics), and managing and analyzing the data. They may also
be involved
in administering balance training or falls prevention programs. Training,
supervising
and assisting other research personnel, graduate students and clinical
personnel in
using the equipment and running experiments is also an important component
of the job.
Additional duties include management of laboratory equipment and supplies,
performing
literature searches and maintaining a literature database, and conducting
tours of the
research centre and making presentations on behalf of the team.

There are currently two positions available. The more senior position
requires a higher
level of education (MSc) and experience, as well as a higher level of
management skills.


Qualifications:

BSc or MSc in biomechanics, bioengineering, kinesiology, neuroscience,
rehabilitation
science or a related field. Applicants must have training in biomechanics of
human
movement, experience in performing biomechanical or motor control
experiments with
human subjects, and experience in using force plates, EMG and motion
analysis systems.
Computer programming skills and electronic/mechanical design and fabrication
skills
are essential for the more technical position. The other position requires
strong
interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre hires on the basis of
merit
and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged
to
apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given
priority.

Starting salary is commensurate with level of education and experience. A
full
benefits package is provided. The positions are available immediately,
although the
starting date is negotiable to some extent. We will accept applications
until both
positions are filled.


Application:

To apply, please email or FAX a covering letter, your resume or curriculum
vitae, a
detailed summary of your experience in performing biomechanical measurements
(maximum
one page), and a copy of your university transcripts to:

Amy Peters
Centre for Studies in Aging
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M4N 3M5
E-mail: amy.peters@sw.ca
FAX: 416-480-5856

Please be sure to indicate your citizenship and when you would be available
to start.
Only complete applications will be considered. After an initial screening,
selected
applicants will be asked to forward three academic and/or professional
letters of
reference.

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