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rnatarajan77
03-06-2007, 05:57 AM
DEPARTMENT OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, CHICAGO, IL

POST-DOC/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION (SPECIALIZING IN BIOMECHANICS)

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center is
currently seeking to fill a Post-Doc and or an Assistant Professor faculty
position in the area of Biomechanics. We are currently accepting
applications for this immediate opening and will continue until the
position is filled.

Our laboratory conducts interdisciplinary studies covering a broad range of
hard and soft connective tissues: including exploration of mechanisms of
low back pain, testing of new technologies in the treatment of chronic
disease using cadaveric experimentation, computer model studies and in vivo
imaging of patients, basic science investigations on soft tissue mechanics,
healing and repair using animal models, as well as studies on human joint
stability (e.g. spine, shoulder, elbow and knee) including the effects of
surgical procedures. The lab also performs industrial-supported
biomechanical studies in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons and
researchers from other departments.

Duties include independent research in biomechanics, providing assistance
for principle investigators and senior staff in conducting biomechanical
experiments and helping in data collection, analysis and database
management. Additional responsibilities include management of daily
laboratory activities, handling any problems which occur during the workday
for staff regarding their equipment and environment, weekly routine safety
checks, upkeep of laboratory and office supply inventory, ordering and
processing of tissue samples and training and mentoring students, residents
and fellows in biomechanical experimentation.
Prior experience using material testing systems (Instron, MTS, etc.) is
required. Knowledge or the ability to learn the data acquisition/motion
control software LabView and MatLab is desirable. Additionally, the ability
to provide assistance in conducting statistically analyses and preparing
manuscripts, grant proposals, abstracts, posters and IRB protocols is a
plus.

Candidate with PhD degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering,
Biomechanics or related engineering disciplines with a particularly strong
background in biomechanical testing of biologic tissues are encourage to
apply. Good oral and written communication skills and the ability to work
either independently or within a multidisciplinary team are essential. The
ideal candidate will have strong organizational and technical skills.
Salary will be commensurate with previous experience and within
institutional guidelines.

Interested and qualified applicants should send a letter, curriculum vitae
or resume and names and addresses of at least three references to:

Raghu Natarajan, Ph.D.
Rush University Medical Center
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
1653 W Congress Parkway,
764A Armour Academic Facility
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: raghu_natarajan@rush.edu

No phone calls, please. Email is the preferred method of contact and
application. The Rush University Medical Center is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.