View Full Version : Job Posting: Research Associate (Bioengineer)

06-16-2008, 08:22 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):


Under the supervision of the Director, the Research Associate is
responsible for data collection, analysis and troubleshooting in
biomechanical research as well as maintaining databases, preliminary study
statistics and manuscripts, literature reviews, ordering supplies, and
various other tasks as assigned by the Director. The Research Associate may
work in the Center for Human Performance as well as various departments
within Orthopedic Research. Responsible for assisting the Biomechanical
Research Engineer in developing, maintaining, utilizing and improving
hardware and software systems and processes used in both biomechanical
testing and in vivo studies (ie, motion analysis studies). Participates in
educational and professional conferences and activities, consistent with the
needs of the Department of Orthopedics and the mission of the Orthopedic
Biomechanics Research Center.

Assist staff in maintaining and researching, systems, processes and methods
to expand the laboratory's capabilities for orthopedics research.
Responsible for daily tasks, i.e.:

Operate and maintain equipment used in specimen/patient data collection
including, but not limited to, motion analysis systems, video cameras,
servohydraulic material testing machine, strain gage equipment, power tools,
milling machine, basic fabrication equipment, etc.
Maintain technical protocols, SOPs, safety binders, manuals
Assist with tissue harvests and research animal care
Works in collaboration with OBRC, Center for Human Performance, and
Orthopedic Research and In-Vivo studies team members.
Coordinates activities and information pertaining to data collection and
protocol compliance.
Assist in the development and maintenance of technical protocols for
research project.
Communicates effectively with the Biomechanics and Ortho Research teams.
Assist the staff in performing background reviews and literature searches
in orthopedic biomechanics, motion analysis, and clinical orthopedics.
Involved in all phases of research protocol.
Other duties as assigned by the OBRC Director.

Full-Time (100% FTE)

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


BS degree in biomedical, biomechanical, and/or mechanical engineering with
a minimum of 1 year experience in biomechanics research

Experience in MatLab, LabView, VB.NET, or similar programming languages.
Experience with biohazardous materials.
Experience with hardware, firmware and software integration.

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/resume 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