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amurphy62
02-08-2007, 02:30 PM
Position: Full-time Scientist / Bioengineer
Level: Grade 2
Fixed Term Contract: 3 years
Location: Kingston Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, Australia

The Clinical Gait Analysis Service (CGAS) and Geriatric Research Unit
(GRU) at the Kingston Centre in Melbourne has a vacancy for a Grade 2
Scientist / Bioengineer.

The Gait Laboratory is a world-class facility for the measurement of
walking and balance. The Laboratory is equipped with an eight camera
three dimensional Vicon system, two Kistler force plates, a split screen
video system, a GAITRite system and an EEG measurement system.

The GRU investigates movement disorders associated with neurological
conditions such as Parkinson disease and autism. The GRU is a major
collaborator with the School of Psychology, Psychiatry, and
Psychological Medicine, Monash University, which was recently awarded a
National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant to
investigate motor functioning in autism and Asperger's disorder (the
Project). The GRU is responsible for the collection, analysis and
interpretation of three dimensional gait data for this project.

The CGAS was established in November 2003 to assist clinical decision
making in patients with gait impairment. The focus of the Service is to
use evidence based quality measures that meet the individual
requirements of the patients to achieve the best outcome. Currently six
to eight three-dimensional assessments are performed by the Service each
month, and normative data collection is on-going.

This position has been created from two sources. Forty percent of this
post has on-going funding for engineering/scientific support to the
CGAS, the remaining 60% has three years of funding for
engineering/scientific support to the Project. The purpose of this
position is to assist the Manager/Biomechanist in the operation of the
technical resources of the GRU. This includes the management, operation,
maintenance, testing and calibration of equipment.

The Scientist / Bioengineer will contribute to the understanding of the
physiological parameters relating to human gait disorders within the
CGAS clinical team and the Project personnel, and will provide technical
expertise relating to the measurement, analysis and understanding of
gait.

The key functions of this position are to:
* Prepare equipment prior to gait analysis testing;
* Assist physiotherapists with participants preparation;
* Operate equipment during testing;
* Process data captured during testing;
* Prepare reports of captured data for the CGAS;
* Develop data analysis methods, collate data and present data for
the Project team; and
* Implement quality assurance programmes relating to gait
analysis.

An interest in furthering academic qualifications will be encouraged
with an opportunity to be involved in various research and development
projects within both Services which are part of the Centre for Clinical
Research Excellence in Clinical Gait Analysis and Gait Rehabilitation
(www.mcri.edu.au/gaitCCRE).

The successful applicant will have a degree in Engineering, the
Physical Sciences or Human Movement Sciences with some knowledge of
biomechanics. Experience of three dimensional movement analysis and/or
software development/programming is essential.

All applications must address the selection criteria which is available
at www.southernhealth.org.au/pd/Adverts_interface/sdmenu/careers.asp
(Medical / Research)

ENQUIRIES/APPLICATIONS (Ref no. K06/867): Anna Murphy,
Manager/Biomechanist of the GRU, Kingston Centre, Warrigal Road,
Cheltenham 3192. Ph: +61 3 9265 1453. Email:
AnnaT.Murphy@southernhealth.org.au
Applications close: 21 February 2007.