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Francisco Valero-cuevas
06-30-1999, 10:16 AM
Biomedical Engineer

The Rehabilitation Research & Development Center at the VA Palo Alto
Health Care System is pleased to announce an opening for a Biomedical
Engineer to help lead funded studies of human grasping following
spinal cord injury. This is a unique opportunity to study the
biomechanical consequences of hand surgeries and analyze the action of
muscles in grasping. The engineer should have strong experimental and
musculoskeletal modeling skills. The principal investigators of the
project, Felix Zajac, PhD and Vincent Hentz, MD, will encourage
collaborative interaction with other scientists and clinicians at the
VA Rehabilitation R&D Center. There are possibilities for significant
interactions with Scott Delp, PhD, and other faculty in the
Biomechanical Engineering Division at Stanford University, and
Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD at Cornell University.

Primary responsibilities include the development of experimental
paradigms for clinical studies and musculoskeletal models to evaluate
grasping function in quadriplegic individuals. The engineer is
expected to collaborate closely with participating clinicians to
accomplish the goals of the research program. In addition, the
engineer will have the opportunity to initiate new lines of inquiry
consistent with the mission of the VA Rehabilitation R&D Center
(http://guide.stanford.edu). Other opportunities include the
development and use of computer graphics models and cadaver
preparations of upper extremity function.

Demonstrated expertise in functional human testing, musculoskeletal
modeling, and neural control is required. Candidates should be
familiar with data acquisition, EMG, and signal processing techniques.
Candidates should also have a strong background in mechanics and
statistical methods. Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the
human hand is desired, but not required. Good interpersonal and
communication skills are required. The minimum qualification for the
position is a PhD degree. Salary will be commensurate with
experience, will include full VA benefits and will be coterminous with
project funding. The VA Palo Alto Health Care system is an equal
opportunity employer. US Citizenship is required. Applications will be
accepted through July 30th.

Please contact Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas for additional information
about the project at (650) 493-5000 ext. 66254
(fvalero@roses.stanford.edu).

To apply, send cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and list of references to:

Felix Zajac, PhD
Rehabilitation Research and Development Center/153
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1200 USA

For email submissions: fvalero@roses.stanford.edu

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