View Full Version : PhD Research Engineer Position (Orthopedic Biomechanics & MotionAnalysis)

06-09-2008, 11:32 AM
The Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis Division at Children's Specialists of
San Diego, California announces the following exciting employment
opportunity to support our research program at the Orthopedic Biomechanics
Research Center (OBRC).


The Research Engineer at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Center is
responsible for developing and conducting new and innovative biomechanical
research projects, writing proposals/applications for industry,
professional, and governmental grant sponsorship, and networking within the
professional, clinical, and academic communities for prospective research
projects and funding. Trains engineering interns and associates in:
collection and processing of clinical and research data, utilizing and
improving hardware/software systems and processes used in both biomechanical
testing and in-vivo studies. The individual will also work closely with the
Motion Analysis Laboratory and Center for Human Performance on clinical gait
and sports medicine research.

This is a benefits-eligible FULL-TIME (100% FTE) position.

Duties Include (but not limited to):

Operate and maintain equipment used in specimen/patient data collection
including, but not limited to, motion analysis systems, video cameras,
servo-hydraulic material testing machine, strain gage equipment, power
tools, milling machine, basic fabrication equipment, etc.
Assist with tissue harvests and research animal care as part of study
Improve hardware/software systems and processes for biomechanical research
Participates in all aspects of research, including conception, literature
review, data collection and analysis, and manuscript writing.
Works independently and in collaboration with Ortho Research, Motion
Analysis Laboratory, and Center for Human Performance.
Communicates effectively with the Biomechanics, MAL/CHP, and Ortho
Research teams.
Performs background reviews and literature searches in orthopedic
biomechanics and motion analysis.
Other duties as assigned by the manager/director of the OBRC and/or Chief
of Orthopedic Research.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD degree in biomedical, biomechanical, and/or mechanical engineering or
related discipline, with a minimum of 1 year experience in biomechanics
research, preferably in orthopedics at this institution
Minimum of 1-2 years previous experience at this institution or other
related environment.
Experience in at least one programming language, preferably MatLab, .NET,
or LabView.
Experience with biohazardous materials.
Experience with instrumented mechanical testing, motion analysis, EMG, and
hardware/software integration
Experience in applied research and clinically based science

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and skills set.

The Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Center, located on the campus of Rady
Childrens Hospital San Diego, is a state-of-the-art research facility
focusing on pre-clinical, in-vitro, and clinical orthopedic biomechanical
testing of surgical implants, orthopedic devices, and surgical procedures.
The center houses an instrumented material testing machine, motion analysis
system, strain gauges, and various machine tools. The Center for Human
Performance, located within the adjacent Motion Analysis Laboratory, focuses
on research and clinical services in clinical gait analysis, motion analysis
of baseball pitching, running, and golf, upper extremity biomechanics, and
motion capture for animation.

Situated in beautiful sunny (11.5/12 months) San Diego, California, the OBRC
collaborates with researchers from University of California San Diego and
San Diego State University as well as with local industry organizations.

To apply, please send a detailed CV to voliver@rchsd.org.
Any general inquiries can be sent to me at aaguinaldo@rchsd.org.



Arnel Aguinaldo, MA, ATC
Director, Center for Human Performance &
Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Center
Rady Childrens Hospital
3020 Childrens Way 5054
San Diego, CA 92123 USA

Assistant Professor, Biomechanics
Department of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
San Diego State University