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08-28-2008, 04:40 AM
A position for Research Assistant, Laboratory is immediately available in
the Maryland Advance Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI)
Center and Surgical ergonomics laboratory in the Department of Surgery at
the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. The selected candidate will
support various research projects ongoing in the laboratory. The
responsibilities of this position and qualifications include the following:

Background and Research: The MASTRI Center at the University of Maryland is
an innovative, research-driven, high-technology, state-of-the-art training
center. Its goals are to lead in evaluation development and testing in
regard to emerging simulation technologies and techniques and in the ongoing
transformation of surgery and other medical procedures. Additionally, the
Center is envisioned as a premier educational environment devoted to the
training of healthcare practitioners across a diverse spectrum, with
particular focus on how users learn and adapt to new technologies.

Research underway in the surgical ergonomics laboratory at our, Maryland
Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI) center aims
for the evidence-based knowledge that will make laparoscopy a more
surgeon-friendly and effective surgical approach. Minimally invasive surgery
(MIS) involves working with long-shaft instruments, which require extreme
positions of motion at the upper extremities and require greater instrument
gripping forces than the traditional surgical instruments used in open
surgery. In addition, because of the closed operative environment, the MIS
surgeon typically must manipulate his or her instruments in 3D space while
viewing that same work space in 2D on a video monitor that is not within the
surgeon's natural line of sight. This creates postural and cognitive
conditions that are very different from those assumed during traditional
open surgical procedures. As a result, laparoscopic/endoscopic surgeons,
especially those who have been practicing MIS for a considerable duration,
frequently experience fatigue and pain in the neck, upper extremity, back,
wrists, and hands.

Our research is designed to provide important information allowing us to
identify the ergonomic risk factors inherent in particular surgical
movements associated with MIS, and the cognitive ergonomics of performing
MIS. We also determine what specific movement patterns occur during
particular surgical tasks. Physical as well as cognitive workloads from the
surgeons performing laparoscopy are assessed by using biomechanical and
psychological assessment tools. Knowledge of specific movement patterns and
how those patterns are affected by surgeon experience and/or skill level
allows us to identify key risk factors and evaluate whether equipment or
training modification is needed. Furthermore, this information should prove
beneficial in designing training protocols to minimize future injuries.

The surgical ergonomics laboratory has 12-camera Vicon MX motion analysis,
16-channel Delsys EMG, and 2 AMTI force-plate systems for biomechanical
analysis in surgical ergonomics.

The laboratory also maintains surgical simulators for training and research
into cognitive factors that influence learning and task performance.

Responsibilities include:

1. Regular checking and maintenance for lab equipment

2. Management of experiment schedules. The subjects of our research studies
include medical students, surgical residents, fellows, and attending

3. Setting up and conducting experiments including subjects' preparation,
measurement system set up (e.g. motion analysis, EMG, force plate, etc.),
and execution of study protocol

4. Participation in all aspects of data management, processing, and

5. Maintaining appropriate administrative records

6. Assisting in preparation of experimental protocols for IRB review


Bachelor's degree in engineering (e.g. biomedical engineering, mechanical
engineering, computer science), neuroscience, kinesiology, physical therapy,
or human factors etc.

Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience
and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and
abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be
substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year
basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Preferred candidate will have:

- Experience in biomechanics (data collections and analysis)

- Programming experience is plus (preferably Matlab)

- Experience as a research assistant in a healthcare related environment

- Experience in managing data

- Able to work on multiple projects in parallel with good time management

- Excellent interpersonal and management skills

Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter with a statement of interests and
backgrounds, a resume/curriculum vita, and the names of two individuals whom
can be contacted as references to: Dr. Gyusung Lee, Ph.D. e-mail:


Gyusung Lee, Ph.D.
Faculty Research Associate
Director, Surgical Ergonomics Laboratory
Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI)

University of Maryland
School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
22 South Greene St. Room S7B15
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 328-0185
Fax: (410) 328-4084