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11-26-2007, 06:55 AM

This position description is that of a Research Engineer - Assistant
located in the Physical Disabilities Branch, collaboration between the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the
Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health, within
the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of
Health (Bethesda, Maryland)


Serve as the Research Engineer -Assistant to the Principal Investigator
of the Virtual functional Anatomy (VFA) Initiative. The ultimate goal of
the VFA Initiative is to characterize, non-invasively and in vivo, the
musculoskeletal system at the component level (joint anatomy and tissue
dynamics) during functional movements in order to fill the important
knowledge gap that exists in the relationship between functional
movement limitations and impaired joint structure or function. This is
being accomplished by developing a set of interdisciplinary tools that
will allow the accurate and precise measurement of three-dimensional
static and dynamic musculoskeletal anatomy (i.e., bone shape, skeletal
kinematics, tendon and ligament strain, tendon moment arms, muscle
force, and joint space). Specifically, an analytical and experimental
framework will be built which will enable a novel experimental tool,
fast phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging (fast-PC MRI) to be
combined with high-resolution 3D musculoskeletal models. The Research
Assistant will provide high quality scientific, technical support of
research activities (population-based), act as a subject liaison, and
serve as an instrumentation, methods and applications expert in the area
of static and dynamic MRI data capture and analysis. This opportunity
will provide access to advanced technology involving biomedical and
biomechanical engineering and all aspects of a highly productive
rehabilitation research program.

Technical Requirements

This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an
accredited university in engineering, physics or the sciences.
Knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and biomechanics
methodologies is essential. Working knowledge and/or experience with MR
imaging techniques would be beneficial, but not essential.

Duties and Responsibilities

a. Conduct experiments with appropriate methodology, collect and
analyze data carefully, and maintain well-organized records and research

b. Act as human subject liaison by working with the PDB human
subjects' coordinator. Coordinate the proper paperwork hand-offs, ensure
that all subjects have the necessary information prior to coming to NIH
and accompanying with the subjects once they are at NIH to ensure they
follow the necessary procedures and that all paperwork is complete.

c. Manage transferring, coding, storage, security and access to
confidential patient data collected from scans and patient evaluations.

d. Design experiments under the direction of the principle
investigator (based on the experience of the person filling this role,
opportunities to initiate original research may be provided).

e. Work with the Radiology Department to schedule human subject

f. Maintain and support the current MRI scanning protocols and
help maintain the associated data analysis tools.

g. Work with industry personnel and other MR experts to maintain
the unique scanning protocols as state-of-the-art.

h. Assist with the development and testing of new MR data capture
and analysis methods.

i. Develop and implement instructional materials for effectively
training students, interns, fellows, and visiting scientists on correct
state-of-the-art methodology for analyzing human movement.

j. Disseminates findings from this work in terms of conference
abstracts, posters, lectures, and papers.

Skill or Knowledge Required

a. A proven high level of organizational and communication, both
written and oral, skills.
b. Demonstrated ability to work with others and provide training
opportunities at various levels.
c. Demonstrated ability to conduct the administrative tasks
necessary to create and maintain research data files in compliance with
scientific and patient confidentiality standards.
d. Demonstrated proficiency to work within the Microsoft package of
e. Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming (C++ and
f. Ability to conduct research under the guidance of the VFA
Principle Investigator.

Applicants should send a resume and a list of at least four references

Dr. Frances T. Sheehan.

Physical Disabilities Branch

CRC Rm. 1-1469 | 10 Center Drive MSC 1604

Bethesda, Md. 20892-1604

Application material can also be electronically submitted to
gavellif@cc.nih.gov. Review of applications will begin immediately and
will continue until the position is filled.

Frances T (Sheehan) Gavelli

Principle Investigator / Research Engineer

National Institutes of Health

Physical Disabilities Branch*

Bldg 10 CRC, Rm 1-1469

10 Center Drive MSC 1604

Bethesda, MD 20892-1604

Phone: (301) 451-7585

Fax: (301) 451-7536


* A collaboration between the National Institute

of Child Health and Human Development and

the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, NIH