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Steven Kautz
09-13-2004, 04:09 AM
There are several positions (Biomedical Engineer, Computer Programmer,
and Post-doctoral Research Associate) available at the VA
Rehabilitation
Research Centers of Excellence and University of Florida Brooks Center
for Rehabilitation Studies Human Motor Performance Laboratory (HMPL)
in
Gainesville, Florida. The 2500 sq. ft HMPL is located at the Malcom
Randall VA Medical Center and is a joint effort of the Department of
Veteran Affairs and the University of Florida. The laboratory provides
state-of-the-art measurement and analysis of normal and abnormal human
movement and metabolic function particularly among individuals with
mobility limitations, as well as a separate room for speech motor
function testing to study speech, swallowing, and respiration in
normal
and patient populations.

The motor performance laboratory features equipment capable of
collecting kinematic, kinetic, electromyographic, strength, and
metabolic data-and as such, provide for development and testing of new
rehabilitation interventions. This state-of-the-art laboratory
includes
several unique pieces of equipment to study human locomotion: a
custom-made split-belt instrumented treadmill able to collect
bilateral
three-dimensional ground reaction forces and moments during treadmill
and overground locomotion, a custom-made overhead partial bodyweight
support system that allows both treadmill and overground locomotion, a
Lokomat Robotic step training system, and a custom made
dual-servomotor
pedaling ergometer system that allows for split-crank pedaling
experiments to investigate bilateral coordination of locomotion. The
laboratory also includes some conventional state-of-the-art equipment:
a
Vicon motion capture system with eight two-megapixel-cameras, a
Konigsburg 16-channel telemetry EMG system, a Biodex isokinetic
dynamometer, workstations for data processing and musculoskeletal
modeling, a Cosmed portable breathe-by-breathe metabolic analyzer, a
Tekscan system for measuring in-shoe pressure, a Robomedica partial
bodyweight supported treadmill system for locomotor training and other
specialized instruments.

The speech motor function laboratory features equipment for collecting
peripheral and central airway resistance data, spirometric data for
examining lung function and surface electromyography equipment for
examining respiratory and swallow muscle function and pattern.
Swallow
function can be further examined using digital imaging of the oral,
esophageal and laryngeal structures during videoflouroscopic
examination. High quality microphones and recording instrumentation
along with programmed MatLab software allow speech to be analyzed in
order to define intelligibility, voice quality and prosody
characteristics of a variety of patient groups.

Job Posting #1 Biomedical Engineer

There is a one-year contract position for a Biomedical Engineer to
work
on funded research projects. Preference will be given to those who can
start immediately. At least a BS degree in biomedical engineering or a
related field is required. A Masters degree plus substantial
experience
is strongly preferred. Benefits are included with the position and the
salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The successful applicant must be highly creative and ingenious in
order
to bring state-of-the-art engineering, science, and technology to the
direct benefit of the disabled. He/She is expected to exercise
originality and apply innovative techniques and strategies to develop
apparatus and methods for testing important scientific hypotheses
related to the disabled.

The successful applicant must interact professionally with disabled
individuals, clinicians, and other individuals or groups. Effective
and
innovative presentation skills in writing and speaking are required.
He/She must demonstrate self-motivation and enthusiasm.

Primary responsibilities are to provide day-to-day support for
laboratory operation and maintenance, preparation for, scheduling of
and
assistance during experimental sessions, and data reduction and
analysis.

Basic engineering skills: Experience designing simple electronic
circuits, and designing and machining parts for modification of
laboratory equipment using standard machine shop tools.

Instrumentation for measuring human anthropometric, kinetic, kinematic
and EMG data: Experience in the specification, configuration,
integration, calibration and maintenance of such instruments as
dynamometers, force plates, optical encoders, 3-D motion analysis
systems, EMG systems, amplifiers, goniometers, and computers.

Ideally, at least one year of experience with 3-D motion analysis
systems.

Analysis and reduction of experimental data: Experience with PC and
UNIX workstation computers, system administration, signal-processing
programs, database programs, statistical analysis programs and
plotting
programs. Experience developing new data processing programs in
computer
languages such as MATLAB, C and FORTRAN. Experience with programming
in
LABVIEW for data acquisition and control of servomotors.

Preparation of graphical figures and slides: Experience with
presentation graphics software and production of effective slides and
posters.

Stroke rehabilitation research: Experience in performing and
assessing
the results of experimental protocols involving subjects with chronic
hemiplegia subsequent to stroke.

Job Posting #2 Computer programmer

There is a one-year contract position for a Computer Programmer.
Preference will be given to those who can start immediately. At least
a
BS degree in computer science, engineering or a related field is
required. A Masters degree plus substantial experience is strongly
preferred. Benefits are included with the position and the salary is
competitive and commensurate with experience.

S/he will support development of data analysis programs for HMPL
investigators studying the motor performance of patients and
neurologically healthy controls. The primary job responsibilities will
be to develop new computer programs to analyze data collected with
laboratory instrumentation or devices, to develop interfaces with
database, develop archive structure, program treadmill servomotors for
balance perturbation, and develop feedback modules to use in dual task
paradigms. Responsibilities will also include performing data analyses
as appropriate. S/he will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of
biomedical research scientists to determine computational needs.

S/he needs to be a motivated, team-oriented individual with minimum
qualifications of a bachelor's degree in engineering or computer
science
and possess strong C++, Visual Basic and/or Matlab programming skills
and have good interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
Knowledge of FORTRAN, Labview and RS-232 protocols is highly
desirable.
Experience with biomechanics research (e.g., 3-D motion analysis
systems) is also highly desirable.

Job Posting #3 Post-Doctoral Research Associate

There are several mechanisms for funding post-doctoral research
depending on the applicant's credentials in engineering, clinical or
other disciplines. All candidates interested in multi-disciplinary
human
locomotor research that ultimately supports the development and
testing
of new rehabilitation interventions (predominantly in persons
post-stroke and SCI) are encouraged apply. Researchers will have
access
to the clinical infrastructure of the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research
Center (subject recruitment, screening, IRB assistance and clinical
collaborators), in addition to the HMPL resources.

Please send vita/resume and a list of three references to
hmpl@phhp.ufl.edu or by mail:

Steve Kautz
Brain Rehabilitation Research Center
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (151A)
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville FL 32608-1197

If accommodation is needed to apply for a position because of a
disability, call (352) 392-4621 or TDD 1-800-955-8771.

UF is an ADA/EOE/AA employer.

Steve Kautz, PhD
Director, VA Rehabilitation Research Centers of Excellence and
University of Florida Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies Human
Motor Performance Laboratory

and

Brain Rehabilitation Research Center
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (151A)
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville FL 32608-1197
Phone: (352) 376-1611 x5374
Fax: (352) 379-2332

and

Department of Physical Therapy and
Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

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