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Vermont Back Research Center
05-21-1997, 12:06 AM
Ph.D. Engineering Position at Vermont Back Research Center


Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
University of Vermont College of Medicine

[Note: This position is in _addition_ to the postdoctoral opening
recently advertised. Prior applicants should indicate via
letter their interest in being considered for this faculty position.]


The Vermont Back Research Center has an opening for a Ph.D.-level
rehabilitation or ergonomic engineer, to plan, direct, and conduct
biomechanical and rehabilitation engineering research to reduce back and
spine injuries and disability. This is a *non-tenured* research faculty
position that requires significant previous experience in research and
professional publication and the ability to manage multiple projects and
project teams. This position will be supported from a combination of
extramural and University funding through July 2000 and will be
contingent upon the availability of continued external funding beyond that
date.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION

90% Research. Design, supervise, and conduct research in rehabilitation
engineering, assistive technology, and ergonomics as they relate to spinal
disorders, especially low back pain; Develop, write, and submit proposals
for external funding; Design and develop research protocols; Assign,
supervise, and review work of support staff (may include graduate
students, medical students, lab technicians, orthopaedic residents and
fellows, and work study students); Ensure that appropriate protocols and
procedures are followed (e.g., compliance with federal and IRB regulations
governing the conduct of research); Conduct and supervise data
acquisition, statistical analysis, and interpretation of experimental
results; Write and prepare research results for publication in
peer-reviewed and trade publications. Present research findings at
national meetings (e.g., Human Factors Society, North American Spine
Society, International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference,
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North
America, American Society of Biomechanics). Work with the Center's
Information Services Division to distribute new research findings in a
variety of formats and to diverse audiences.

5% Training. Design, develop, and implement academic and training
programs in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology,
human factors, and ergonomics. Prepare and conduct presentations and
training programs for people with disabilities ties, service providers,
researchers, employers, health care professionals, and others.

5% Development Activities. Develop contacts with industrial partners and
pursue avenues for the commercialization and marketing of new devices.
Develop, write, and negotiate grants and contracts to provide
rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and ergonomic services
for federal, state, and local government agencies and industry. Develop
project plans including the development of timelines, budgets, resources,
and deliverables. Develop outside contacts and relationships critical to
a service program, including marketing systems, distributors, major
contracts and participation in local, state, and national rehabilitation
engineering, assistive technology and ergonomic programs.



REQUIREMENTS

Necessary Skills and Training

* Ph.D. in biomedical, industrial, rehabilitation, mechanical, or
ergonomic engineering.

* Knowledge of research design, methods, statistics, ethics, and
publication.

* Significant experience conducting biomechanical, ergonomic, and/or
rehabilitation engineering research.

Useful Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

* Knowledge of orthopaedic biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering,
assistive technology, and ergonomics.

*Ability to work and make decisions independently.

*Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, particularly with respect to the
spine.

*Working knowledge of electronics instrumentation. This includes recording
instruments such as motion analysis systems, oscilloscopes, amplifiers, filters,
isolation transformers, data acquisition boards, electronic troubleshooting, and
design.

*Working knowledge of computer programming and application programs (such as
WordPerfect, Harvard Graphics, Power Point or other presentation graphics,
dBase, Lotus/Excel, ProComm, and Labview) including custom-designed
software packages.

*Ability to use statistical software packages and perform statistical
analysis of research data.

*Knowledge, experience, and competency in device, product, and machine
design.

* Basic prototyping machine shop skills (i.e., lathe, milling machine,
TIG, arc, and oxy-acetylene welding).

* Experience in scientific writing and familiarity with author guidelines for
professional publication (those of specific journals or of the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and grant applications.

* Familiarity with federal guidelines on human subjects research.

* Experience in project management for multiple projects.

* Knowledge and experience in developing scientific presentations, and
familiarity with presenting research findings to the scientific and lay
communities (at local, national, and international levels).

* Knowledge of legislation and regulations as they relate to occupational
injuries, accommodation, and civil rights of people with disabilities.

* Skills in contract development and negotiation.

* Experience working with people with disabilities.

* Ability to communicate clearly and promptly throughout the organization.

*Experience providing rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology, and
ergonomic services.

Vermont Back Research Center

The Vermont Back Research Center aims to improve the functional ability
and quality of life of people with back problems, especially low back
pain, through research, product development and testing, education, and
consulting. The Center maintains a comprehensive and integrated program
of research and is a national source of information on low back pain,
injury, impairment, and disability. This multidisciplinary research
program and a variety of information services are designed to improve the
employability of people with back pain impairment or disability. Research
projects focus on posture, seating, vibration, lifting, exercise, device
development, and a model program to promote early return to work after
back injury. The Center publishes self-help materials and provides
bibliographic and fact-finding services to researchers and health care
providers. Major funding for the center is provided by a grant from the
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center program of the National
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.


Application Instructions

Send cover letter, curriculum vitae and references by June 30, 1997 to:

Vermont Back Research Center
Attention: Karen Kelly, Secretary
One South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401



The University of Vermont is an affirmative action and equal opportunity
employer, and encourages candidacies of women, people of color, and people
with disabilities.