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04-12-2011, 05:20 PM
Position Announcement: Research Technician, full-time position

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University is currently accepting applications for a position of Research Technician.

This position is funded primarily through an NIH grant entitled "3-D Visualization and Prediction of Spine Fractures." For this NIH-funded project, the research technician will be responsible for carrying out biomechanical testing of cadaveric spine segments, dissecting tissues, and performing both standard x-ray imaging and micro-computed tomography imaging. The micro-computed tomography imaging facility also services several other major projects within the College of Engineering and School of Medicine at Boston University, and the technician will be responsible for performing much of this additional imaging.

The research technician will work in the Orthopaedic and Developmental Biomechanics Laboratory (Elise F. Morgan, director) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This laboratory has an active research program in biomechanics that includes investigations of genetic and mechanical influences on skeletal repair and regeneration, and studies of structure-function relationships in skeletal tissues and whole organs. The laboratory consists of approximately 1100 square feet and is fully equipped with materials testing systems, wet chemistry benches, tissue processing and imaging facilities, and computational facilities. The laboratory staff come from a wide range of disciplines in engineering and life sciences.

Several of the projects that the research technician will work on are collaborative projects with investigators in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (BU School of Medicine). The research technician will be expected to interface with these investigators and their laboratories as needed.

Responsibilities of the research technician include:
- conducting mechanical tests on whole bones and other biological tissues;
- performing standard radiography micro-computed tomography scans, and image analysis
- carrying out data reduction and statistical analyses;
- maintaining the relevant laboratory equipment;
- ordering necessary lab supplies;
- managing complete records of his/her work.

- Previous laboratory experience in science and/or engineering is required.
- A Bachelors degree is required, and it is highly desirable that the degree be in an engineering- or science-related field.

Salary: TBD, based on the applicant’s experience

Application: The start date will be between 6/15/11 and 7/15/11. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired. Applicants should send by email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Elise Morgan, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
110 Cummington Street
Boston, MA 02215

04-14-2011, 01:36 PM
Dear Dr. Morgan,

I sent you an email with my credentials. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to talk to you sometime convenient to further discuss my candidature.


Sasidhar Uppuganti.