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Hedman, Thomas, Phd
01-05-2006, 08:36 AM
POSITION AVAILABLE: BIOMECHANICS RESEARCH ENGINEER
Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders

Los Angeles, California
Deadline: 02-15-06

The Spine Research Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is currently
seeking a full-time Research Engineer specializing in experimental
biomechanics. We are currently accepting applications for this immediate
opening and will continue until the position is filled.

Our laboratory is associated with the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal
Disorders and the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center. We conduct
interdisciplinary studies on connective tissues and bone, with a focus on
the spine. We perform mechanical tests utilizing human cadaveric tissue and
animal models with the latest servo-pneumatic, optoelectronic, and custom
loading and measurement equipment. Our research is funded by grants, and
institutional and industrial support. The candidate will support ongoing
biomechanics research projects directed at evaluation of current and
emerging technologies in the treatment of spinal degeneration, and
investigation of mechanisms that lead to initiation, progression and
prevention of disc degeneration.

Job Description:
The position entails working on various aspects of biomechanics research
projects, including conducting mechanical tests of biologic tissue,
collection and analysis of data, and manuscript preparation. The duties
will include development and validation of custom-made measurement
instruments. The research engineer will also be responsible for training
and mentoring students, residents and fellows in experimental methods and
will help manage laboratory materials and resources. The individual will
interact with engineers, surgeons, undergraduate and graduate engineering
students, medical students, surgical residents and fellows. Salary will be
based on education and experience.

Qualifications:
Candidates with MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, or
related Engineering disciplines with previous experience in biomechanical
testing, data acquisition, instrumentation, and computational analysis are
encouraged to apply. Strong organizational and technical skills, good oral
communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and within
a multidisciplinary team are essential.

Interested and qualified applicants should send a letter, resume, and names
and contact information of at least three references to:

Tom Hedman, Ph.D.
Director, Biomechanics and Spinal Research
Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders
Email: hedmant@cshs.org

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