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03-25-2009, 12:31 AM
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is
pleased to announce an opening for a post-doctoral Engineer, with
emphasis in Biomechanics, to join its Engineering and Control Technology
Branch (ECTB), in the Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD),
Morgantown, WV, USA. This is a three-year fellowship with the potential
for renewal, under the direction of Frank L. Buczek, Jr., Ph.D. The
ECTB currently includes eighteen scientists in four research teams,
developing objective measures of biomechanical, biodynamic,
physiological, and behavioral stressors in the workplace. This vacancy
focuses on fundamental research in Biomechanical Safety by enhancing
full-body and upper-extremity laboratory analyses (e.g., inverse
dynamics, forward dynamics, and musculoskeletal modeling, applied to
lifting, manual assembly, etc.), and by developing systems to extend the
use of these models to field evaluations.

This member of the biomechanics team will: (a) provide leadership for
ECTB research efforts that emphasize occupational biomechanics, (b)
conceptualize hypothesis driven research studies, (c) lead junior staff
in equipment maintenance and calibration, biomechanical data collection,
reduction and interpretation, and software development, (d) contribute
to peer-reviewed abstracts and manuscripts, and (e) act as biomechanics
liaison for the Branch.

The successful candidate will have a Doctoral degree in Biomechanics,
Kinesiology, Bioengineering, or a related field, and an undergraduate
degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
Experience is needed in biomechanical analysis of human movement (lower
and upper extremities, full-body, etc.), and three-dimensional, six
degree-of-freedom kinematic and kinetic analyses in occupational, sport,
or clinical settings. Familiarity with Vicon Nexus systems and Visual3D
biomechanical modeling software will be particularly helpful. Also
desirable are familiarity with markerless motion capture, muscle
modeling, or finite element analyses.

There are several ECTB research laboratories, two of which occupy over
1600 square feet and focus on biomechanical analyses. One is
temperature and humidity controlled for the study of environmental
effects. The other is newly equipped with a 14 camera Vicon Nexus
system, two moveable AMTI force plates, three stationary Bertec force
plates, Noraxon electromyography, Cosmed oxygen consumption, Visual3D, a
dedicated computer network, etc. The NIOSH research campus in
Morgantown is adjacent to West Virginia University; metropolitan areas
in Pittsburgh and Washington DC are within a one and three hour drive,
respectively. Lakes, streams, and rolling hills add to the natural
beauty of the area. Please visit our division website at:


NIOSH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your interest
in Biomechanics to:

Frank L. Buczek Jr., Ph.D.
c/o Ms. Barbara Elbon
1095 Willowdale Road, MS 2027
Morgantown, WV 26505