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09-07-2010, 01:44 AM
OPEN POSITION: Post Doctoral Fellowship in Hand Biomechanics
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is
pleased to announce an opening for a post-doctoral Engineer, with an
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 grant-supported fellowship,
under the direction of senior scientific staff. The ECTB currently
includes sixteen scientists in four research teams, developing objective
measures of biomechanical, biodynamic, physiological, and behavioral
stressors in the workplace. This vacancy focuses on developing advanced
techniques in occupational biomechanics of the hand (Buczek et al, 2010,
Proceedings of the JEGM, Miami FL, USA; Sinsel et al, 2010, Proceedings
of the ASB, Providence RI, USA).

This member of the biomechanics team will: (a) provide leadership for
ECTB research that emphasizes kinematic, kinetic, and tissue modeling of
the hand and fingers, (b) implement hypothesis driven research studies
as outlined in the grant proposal, (c) provide quality assurance 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 a liaison for
hand biomechanics internal and external to 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/or upper extremities, full-body, etc.), and three-dimensional
kinematic and kinetic analyses in occupational, sport, or clinical
settings. Familiarity with Vicon Nexus systems, Visual3D biomechanical
modeling software, and AnyBody muscle modeling software (or a comparable
platform) will be particularly helpful.

Among several other ECTB research facilities, the Biomechanics
Laboratory is newly equipped with a 14 camera Vicon Nexus system, two
moveable AMTI force plates, three stationary Bertec force plates, Motion
Lab Systems electromyography, Cosmed oxygen consumption, Visual3D,
AnyBody, OpenSim, 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


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 Hand Biomechanics to:

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