View Full Version : Wanted: Electrical Engineer for Reseach at the RehabilitationInstitute of Chicago

01-07-2009, 08:48 AM
The Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs (NECAL) at the
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is looking for an ambitious
Electrical Engineer for Research. NECAL is led by Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, and
incorporates neuroscientists, physicians, engineers, prosthetists,
occupational therapists, and physical therapists. NECAL has gained worldwide
attention with our groundbreaking "Targeted Reinnervation" surgical
technique. We are currently involved in many exciting surgical, engineering,
and prosthetic development projects that are revolutionizing upper and lower
limb prosthetics.

We are eagerly seeking a well qualified Research Electrical Engineer for our
neural systems and advanced prosthetics research. The successful applicant
will be responsible for evaluating needs for, developing, fabricating,
testing, installing, adjusting and maintaining electronics and electrical
control for neural control of upper and lower extremity powered prostheses.
The principal responsibilities include:
1. Works independently and participates within a research team to
determine projects' electronics needs/goals. Collaborates with Senior
Research Scientists and other research staff regarding various project
2. Responsible for small scale electronics design and fabrication in
support of research group.
3. Designs custom devices and modifications to commercial products and
existing environmental spaces. This process includes graphic
representations, cost analysis, models and text, as needed, to communicate
and execute the design.
4. Provides the fabrication, installation, modification, repair, and
adjustment of electronic and mechatronic devices.
5. Participates in the maintenance of a safe work environment through
adherence to policies and procedures relative to safety, fire prevention,
hazard communications, security, equipment use and maintenance, infection
control and vehicle safety.
6. Assists with development, data collection, analysis and
implementation relative to research and quality improvement activities.

The ideal candidate would consistently demonstrate support of the RIC
statement of Mission and Philosophy, contribute to the team efforts, and
show respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow
employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest
of the institute. Interested applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in
Electrical Engineering (Master's preferred). Other required knowledge,
skills, and abilities include:
1. Require familiarity with Digital Signal Processors and related
development kits, amplification and filtering circuitry, isolation
electronics, A/D and D/A hardware, and related.
2. Analytical abilities necessary to understand complex problems and to
resolve these problems through the application of appropriate technologies.
3. Experience with personal computer systems and related software.
Ability to work with hand tools, electronics tools, and machine tools to
fabricate, adjust, modify and repair devices necessary.
4. Two years of experience in engineering, electronics, and/or
mechatronics required.
5. Experience with motor control systems, signal processing, data
acquisition, and programming of development platforms and basic software
6. Good interpersonal skills are essential and necessary to communicate
effectively with patients, research subjects, team members, and project

RIC houses the nation's largest rehabilitation research programs in the
country. Research teams at RIC are involved in more than 200 projects,
including cutting-edge studies with the Lokomat, a robot-assisted walking
therapy that may help people with paralysis walk again; brain mapping, to
determine how the brain activity changes after strokes; several teams
developing rehabilitation robotics and significant research in motor learn
and adaptation. We are partners with Northwestern University and
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We have a rich
environment for post doctoral fellows and have many joint faculty in BME and
other departments at Northwestern.

Since 1991, the RIC has been consistently ranked the best rehabilitation
hospital in America by US News and World Report. RIC has earned a worldwide
reputation as being a leader in patient care, advocacy, research and
educating health professionals in physical medicine and rehabilitation. RIC
is well known for specialized services, including Prosthetics and Orthotics,
Assistive Technology, and outstanding integrative therapy programs, which
help individuals lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

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Please send CV, letter of interest, and references to:

Human Resources Department
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
345 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2654
312-238-1260 *phone*