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06-17-2009, 06:53 AM
Post-Doctoral Research Position
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

We are looking for a motivated post-doctoral researcher interested in
developing active seats to prevent whiplash injuries in rear-end
automobile crashes. The research involves designing, developing and
testing a novel seat system that manages an occupant’s response to
minimize injury. The two-year project is a collaboration between UBC’s
School of Human Kinetics (Dr. Jean-Sebastien Blouin and Dr. Gunter
Siegmund) and Department of Mechanical Engineering (Dr. Doug Romilly),
and is funded by the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence and co-
sponsored by an international automotive parts manufacturer.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in a relevant branch of engineering or
biomechanics, experience in mechanical design, prototyping and real-
time control, and a solid mechanical aptitude. A desire to learn or
gain experience with human subject testing and acquiring and
processing biomechanical and electromyography data is a plus. The
candidate is expected to participate in other laboratory projects
involving neck biomechanics and neurophysiology, and to involve other
researchers and graduate students in the seat project.

Our lab facilities include a linear sled for seat testing, 6 DOF
accelerometry, motion analysis systems and both surface and in-
dwelling EMG systems. Engineering, machining and instrumentation
support is also provided.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is
committed to employment equity. All qualified candidates are
encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will
be given priority.

The position is available immediately. Interested candidates should
email a brief letter describing their motivation and a detailed CV
(including publication history and the names of two professional
references) to:

Gunter Siegmund, PhD, PEng