View Full Version : Open Posn: Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

Buczek, Frank, Phd
03-01-2007, 12:20 PM
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Erie PA, is pleased to announce an
immediate, full-time, opening for the Director of its internationally
recognized Motion Analysis Laboratory (MAL). With a three-point Mission
Statement that supports clinical care, research, and education through
operating and research budgets, this opportunity is unique in clinical
biomechanics. The successful candidate will inherit a program that is
developing muscle actuated forward dynamic simulations to predict the
outcome of interventions (i.e., Predictive Dynamics), and will play a
key role in setting the future course for this biomechanics program.

The Director provides leadership by possessing a vision for the field of
Biomechanics, its current applications within the medical community, and
its potential for alleviation of suffering and restoration of functional
mobility; acts as a subject matter expert both internal and external to
the Shrine system; initiates development of novel ideas for the
application of Biomechanics to normal and pathological human movement;
pursues ideas that reflect an awareness of current and potential
analysis capabilities, and lead to peer reviewed publication;
establishes national and international collaborations with other experts
in the field; applies for grant funding in clinical and basic research;
and supervises MAL staff. The opportunity currently exists to fill an
additional open position for a full-time, MAL Kinesiologist.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biomechanics or related
field, and an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline.
Expertise in three-dimensional, six degree-of-freedom kinematic and
kinetic analyses is desirable, particularly of gait. Experience in
muscle actuated forward dynamic simulations of gait will allow for
immediate contributions to a two-year, funded study, that supports the
laboratory strategic plan for Predictive Dynamics. Evidence of
recognition within the field is desirable (e.g., service as an officer
in a professional society, a reviewer for grant applications or
scientific journals, etc.).

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
worldwide. Metropolitan areas in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo are
within a comfortable two-hour drive. Additional details can be found at
the following website, noting that Dr. Buczek has recently moved from
the Director's position to that of a research consultant:


Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your interest
in biomechanics to Ms. Karen McClay at the address below. Electronic
copies are welcome. Applications will be accepted through March 31, or
until a suitable candidate is found. (EOE/m/f/v/h, Shriners Hospitals
for Children maintains a drug free workplace.)

Ms. Karen McClay
Director, Human Resources
Shriners Hospitals for Children
1645 West 8th Street, Erie PA, 16505, USA
(814) 875-8794 voice, (814) 875-8756 fax

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