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04-13-2005, 03:52 PM
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomechanics
School of Engineering Systems
Queensland University of Technology

NOTE: This position has been open for international candidates. The
deadline has been extended to 29 April 2005.


Fixed-term, full time appointment for two years to complete externally
funded research

Reference Number: 25133

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biomechanics is required to work on an
ARC-funded research project investigating the usage of the prosthesis of
lower limb amputees fitted with conventional sockets or an
osseointegrated implant. Applicants with relevant engineering or
clinical background in biomechanics of lower limb amputees are
encouraged to apply.

Closes: 15 April 2005

Salary: AUD$51 785 to AUD$55 583 pa

Benefits available at QUT include 17% employer superannuation
contributions, a generous study assistance scheme, salary packaging,
possible relocation assistance (if applicable), extensive development
and training programs and access to a range of state-of-the-art
facilities including a fully equipped gait laboratory.



Purpose of Position
This position is funded by an ARC Linkage grant (LP0455481): Innovative
approach to design a new osseointegrated implant for transfemoral
amputees with better resistance to fractures. The Postdoctoral Research
Fellow will be part of a team that is characterizing the usage of the
prosthesis of lower limb amputees fitted with either a conventional
sockets or an osseointegrated implant. This project involves
investigating the load applied on the residuum in experimental
conditions (gait lab and standardized environment) and during daily
living activities. Applicants with a strong engineering and/or clinical
background in biomechanics of lower limb amputees will be considered for
this position. The successful candidate will join an internationally
recognized multi-disciplinary team including industry partners and
clinicians such as biomechanists and engineers. The appointee will work
under the direction of Dr Laurent Frossard (School of Engineering
Systems), Prof. Mark Pearcy (School of Engineering Systems) and Dr James
Smeathers (School of Human Movement Studies).

Duties include:

Design and undertake experiments to study the load applied on the
residuum of lower limb amputees fitted with a conventional sockets or an
osseointegrated implant.

Conduct reviews of literature relevant to the research project.

Prepare and publish research findings derived from this project in
top-ranked journals, seminars and conferences papers.

Provide regular written and verbal research reports as directed by the
project team leaders or industry partners located in Australia and

Maintain complete and accurate research records.

Develop improvement to the design of device for osseointegrated fixation.

Provide advice and guidance to graduate engineers and research
assistants associated with the research program.

Undertake other appropriate duties relevant to the research project as
specified by the project team leaders.

This position might require extensive domestic and overseas travelling.



1. Completion of a PhD in Biomechanics or in related areas.

2. Knowledge and experience of biomechanical analyses of gait.

3. Demonstrated ability to design and undertake research experiments in

4. Demonstrated ability to work independently to complete research tasks
associated with the project including the accurate organization and
maintenance of records.

5. Demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with people with diverse
professional and cultural backgrounds.

6. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by publishing
research outcomes and results in relevant journals and/or conference

7. Demonstrated ability to provide guidance to graduate engineers and
research assistants.


1. Applied research in biomechanics of transfemoral amputees.

2. Knowledge and experience in inverse dynamics.

3. Knowledge and experience in portable sensors (e.g.: Force sensor,
data logger).

4. Practical experience in programming with Matlab software.

5. Knowledge of orthopedic implants.

Smoking is not permitted in QUT buildings, inside QUT vehicles or in any
area not designated as a smoking area.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Before submitting an application, applicants should
refer to all additional information listed at qut.com (see Jobs at QUT)
regarding conditions of employment, applying for positions and
information about the University. For further clarification about this
position, after reading the selection criteria and duty statement,
contact Dr Laurent Frossard on (07) 3864 5856, e-mail:
l.frossard@qut.edu.au. You can also visit the following website for
further information about the project:
http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/people/frossard/JR3-project.htm. If you
require further information on conditions of employment contact the
Human Resources Department on (07) 3864 4154 or e-mail: r.head@qut.edu.au.

APPLICATIONS: Applications and envelopes should quote 25133. Applicants
are encouraged to systematically address the selection criteria and
include evidence of academic qualifications and experience plus the
names, address (postal and/or e-mail), phone and fax numbers of three
referees. Applicants should attach the application cover sheet to their


Please submit your application via ONE of the methods below.

E-mail: jobapplications@qut.edu.au
Post: The Associate Director, HR Client Services, QUT, GPO Box 2434,
Brisbane, Qld. 4001
Fax: (07) 3864 4188
In Person: Level 3, X Block, Gardens Point campus, 2 George Street,

Closing date for this position is 29 April 2005. After the closing date,
you can check the status of the recruitment process at
http://www.hrd.qut.edu.au/recruitselect/jobs/appstatus.jsp. QUT is an
equal opportunity employer and employer of choice for women.

Laurent Frossard (PhD)
Senior Researcher
Queensland University of Technology
School of Engineering Systems
Kelvin Grove Campus - "O" Block, Wing A, Room 117
Victoria Park Road - Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Phone : 61 (0)7 3864 5856
Cell : 61 (0)4 0584 4969
Fax : 61 (0)7 3864 3980
E-mail : L.Frossard@qut.edu.au
URL : http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/people/frossard
QUT Institution CRICOS code: 00213J