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Buczek, Frank, Phd
06-14-2006, 01:33 AM
OPEN POSITION
The Shriners Hospitals for Children, Erie PA, is pleased to announce an
immediate opening for a Biomechanical Engineer to join its clinical and
research team in a state-of-the-art Motion Analysis Laboratory. Here,
Clinical needs drive parallel programs in Research and Education, with a
focus on "predictive dynamics," that is, muscle-driven, forward-dynamic
simulations of gait to predict the outcome of interventions (time,
therapy, or surgery).

RESPONSIBILITIES
This professional member of the Biomechanics team will: (1) provide
technical support for the Laboratory by maintaining and recommending
equipment, by sharing data collection and processing responsibilities,
and by conducting independent and team research; (2) provide clinical
support by assisting with physical examinations, by writing gait
analysis reports, and by attending patient care conferences with medical
staff; and (3) act as technical liaison for the Laboratory by
collaborating with external colleagues and by presenting research at
professional conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate will have a Master's degree in Biomechanics or
a related field, and an undergraduate degree in an engineering
discipline. Experience in gait analysis will allow for immediate
clinical responsibilities, and an interest in general Biomechanics of
human movement will facilitate new protocol development. A working
knowledge is needed in three-dimensional, six degree-of-freedom
kinematic and kinetic analyses, and in software development (e.g.,
Matlab, Visual Basic, C++, etc.). Candidates with experience in
muscle-driven, forward dynamic simulations will be given special
consideration.

FACILITIES
The Motion Analysis Laboratory and adjacent offices occupy more than
1500 square feet in a new wing of this 30-bed, pediatric orthopedic
hospital. Major equipment includes a ten-camera Vicon 612 system, three
moveable AMTI force plates, two instrumented walkers, MLS surface and
fine-wire EMG instrumentation, an S-VHS observational video system, a
dedicated high-speed computer network, and Visual3D modeling software.
The city of Erie is located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania,
along the shores of Lake Erie, and is adjacent to rolling, tree-covered
hills. Several universities and medical centers offer collaboration
nationwide. Metropolitan areas in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo
are within a comfortable two-hour drive. Please visit our website at:

http://www.shrinershq.org/research/erie/

APPLICATION
Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your interest
in biomechanics to Dr. Buczek at the address below. Electronic copies
are welcome. Applications will be accepted through July 7th, or until a
suitable candidate is found. (EOE/m/f/v/h, Shriners Hospitals for
Children maintains a drug free workplace.)

Frank L Buczek, Jr, PhD
Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory
Shriners Hospitals for Children
1645 West 8th Street, Erie PA, 16505, USA
(814) 875-8805 voice, (814) 875-8756 fax
fbuczek@shrinenet.org


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