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Adrian Roberts
12-02-1997, 07:16 PM
WOULD YOU LIKE A CAREER IN IMPACT BIOMECHANICS?

THE TRANSPORT RESEARCH LABORATORY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IS LOOKING FOR NEW
STAFF at both junior and more senior levels.

The Transport Research Laboratory http://trl.co.uk has been at the vanguard
of Vehicle Safety research and policy development for over 40 years. TRL is
expanding its activities in research, technical support, consultancy and
testing for industry. TRL undertakes major UK and international research.
The laboratory is located in a fairly rural area in the south east of
England about 40 miles west of London.

Until 1996, TRL was the research arm of the UK Department of Transport. It
is now an independent research laboratory. TRL has a large indoor impact
test facility capable of carrying out full scale moving car to moving car
and car to block impacts. It can also be configured to carry out large
vehicle to large object tests externally (lorries into bridge parapets
etc). In addition TRL has two impact sled facilities plus a large
capability for other smaller scale impact tests. All of this work can be
supported by computer simulation.

Within the Vehicle Safety area of research there are vacancies for
Engineers and Scientists to work in the Biomechanics and Occupant
Protection areas. The work needs enthusiastic people who are keen to
develop their skills in biomechanical engineering as it relates to
traumatic occupant injury, mechanical engineering, electronic and
instrumentation engineering, data processing and analysis.

The Biomechanics and Occupant protection group has been involved in the
development and evaluation of automotive crash test dummies, both adult and
child, for front and side impacts. Current projects include the evaluation
of advanced frontal and side impact dummies and the mechanisms of varying
types of injury, particularly to the lower extremity. This work has
included a medical bias. In the near future we will be embarking upon new
studies into protection against head and spinal injury. In addition we are
working on impact test procedures which will reduce the incidence of head
injury for car occupants.

Virtually all of the work undertaken in the occupant protection area has an
international focus. Research output is often presented at international
conferences, working committees and TRL reports. It is important that any
applicant has good communication skills, both oral and written.

Ideal candidates will need to be enthusiastic, well motivated and
mechanically competent with a relevant engineering or science degree. An
understanding of dynamics during impact and an interest in automotive
vehicle and/or safety would be an advantage.

Starting salaries will be in the range 15000 - 24000 UK pounds depending
upon experience.

If you would like further information please contact Bill Newton at TRL
adrianr@ve.trl.co.uk
Adrian Roberts
Transport Research Laboratory
Old Wokingham Road
Crowthorne
Berkshire
England
Tel +44 (0)1344 770637
Fax +44 (0)1344 770279