View Full Version : Open Position: Biomechanical Engineer

10-29-2007, 11:52 PM
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is
pleased to announce an opening for an Engineer with an emphasis in
Biomechanics to join its Engineering and Control Technology Branch
(ECTB), in the Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD), Morgantown,
WV, USA. This is a three-year fellowship with the potential for
renewal, under the direction of Frank L. Buczek, Jr., Ph.D. The ECTB
currently includes eighteen scientists in three research groups,
developing objective measures of biomechanical, physiological, and
behavioral stressors in the workplace. Two groups are investigating
tissue injuries due to tool and vehicle vibration, from engineering and
biological perspectives. The third group, where this vacancy exists,
focuses on biomechanical safety by enhancing laboratory models for
lifting, assembling, slipping, etc., and by developing systems to extend
the use of these models to field evaluations. Collaboration across
groups is common.

This member of the biomechanics team will provide technical support for
ECTB research by: (1) contributing to the design of research studies,
(2) maintaining and calibrating laboratory equipment, (3) collecting
biomechanical and other human performance data, (4) reducing and
interpreting these data, (5) presenting and publishing results, (6)
developing laboratory infrastructure (software and hardware systems),
and (7) acting as technical liaison for the Branch in the surrounding
community and in professional societies.

The successful candidate will have a master's degree in Biomechanics or
a related field, and an undergraduate degree in an Engineering
discipline. Experience is needed in three-dimensional kinematic and
kinetic analyses of human movement in occupational, sport, or clinical
settings. Familiarity with Vicon motion capture systems and Visual3D
biomechanical modeling software will be particularly helpful. Also
desirable is a working knowledge of software development, neural
networks, finite element analyses, or forward dynamic simulations.
Salary is dependent upon academic degree and experience.

There are several ECTB research laboratories, two of which occupy over
1600 square feet and focus on biomechanical analyses. One is
temperature and humidity controlled for the study of environmental
effects. The other is newly equipped with a 14 camera Vicon Nexus
system, two moveable AMTI force plates, three stationary Bertec force
plates, Noraxon electromyography and Cosmed oxygen consumption systems,
Visual3D, a dedicated computer network, etc. The NIOSH research campus
in Morgantown is adjacent to West Virginia University; metropolitan
areas in Pittsburgh and Washington DC are within a one and three hour
drive, respectively. Lakes, streams, and rolling hills add to the
natural beauty of the area. Please visit our division website at:


NIOSH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications will be accepted through November 30, or until a suitable
candidate is found. Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief
statement of your interest in Biomechanics to:

Frank L. Buczek Jr., Ph.D.
c/o Ms. Barbara Elbon
1095 Willowdale Road, MS 2027
Morgantown, WV 26505