03-17-2006, 12:44 AM
Applications are invited for a research assistant position in
bioengineering with Dr. Steven Boyd at the University of Calgary. Our
laboratory is equipped with micro-computed tomography systems for in
vivo research including Scanco vivaCT 40 and XtremeCT systems. The
recently established laboratory is rapidly growing and is now running
several basic research and clinic patient studies. The research focus is
on in vivo monitoring of bone quality in animal models of osteoporosis
and a pre-clinical model of breast cancer metastases to bone, as well as
clinical studies to monitor bone architecture in patients undergoing
therapies for metabolic bone disease. Secure funding is provided by a
variety of agencies, including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR), Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), and
the Alberta Breast Cancer Board.

The individual will act as an assistant to several group members and
will be involved in planning, imaging, analysis, evaluation and
archiving of bioengineering projects within the group. Activities the
candidate will be required to perform include (i) maintaining and
running laboratory equipment, (ii) in vivo micro-computed tomography
scanning of rats and mice (vivaCT 40), (iii) in vivo micro-computed
tomography scanning of patients (XtremeCT), (iv) preparation of in vitro
biological specimens (animal or human bone) for scanning, (v) time
management and study scheduling, (vi) process and analyze image data,
(vii) archive measurement and project data, (viii) implement computer
scripts for automation of image evaluation, (ix) assist in writing
publications in peer reviewed journals, (x) document standard operating
procedures for all operations.

The successful candidate must be a keen learner, creative, possess
effective written and oral communication skills in English, willing to
perform and/or be involved with testing of human and animal biological
specimens, and most importantly have a strong ability to work with
patients and a team of researchers in an international, young, and
dynamic team environment. The ideal candidate will have a Master of
Science degree in biomechanics, biomedical engineering, electrical
engineering, or a related field (a bachelor degree will also be
considered). Computer programming skills are an asset.

The City of Calgary is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky
Mountains and is approximately an hour away from world class skiing and
hiking, outstanding camping, golf and the beautiful scenery of
Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. Calgary and surrounds have a
population of approximately 1 million. Calgary is the fastest growing
city in Canada ranking third in Canadian cities for major head offices
of large companies in Canada and has a reputation for being dynamic and
entrepreneurial. The main industries are energy, hi-tech communication
and agriculture with Calgary remaining a very western flavoured community.

For consideration, please submit a full C.V. with the names and phone
numbers of at least two professional references, as well as a cover
letter including a statement of research interests and career goals.

Steven Boyd, PhD, PEng
Assistant Professor
Schulich School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2N 1N4

403-220-4173 (tel),
403-282-8406 (fax),