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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomechanics
    School of Engineering Systems
    Queensland University of Technology

    NOTE: This position has been open for international candidates. The
    deadline has been extended to 29 April 2005.

    Fixed-term, full time appointment for two years to complete externally
    funded research

    Reference Number: 25133

    A Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biomechanics is required to work on an
    ARC-funded research project investigating the usage of the prosthesis of
    lower limb amputees fitted with conventional sockets or an
    osseointegrated implant. Applicants with relevant engineering or
    clinical background in biomechanics of lower limb amputees are
    encouraged to apply.

    Closes: 15 April 2005

    Salary: AUD$51 785 to AUD$55 583 pa

    Benefits available at QUT include 17% employer superannuation
    contributions, a generous study assistance scheme, salary packaging,
    possible relocation assistance (if applicable), extensive development
    and training programs and access to a range of state-of-the-art
    facilities including a fully equipped gait laboratory.



    Purpose of Position
    This position is funded by an ARC Linkage grant (LP0455481): Innovative
    approach to design a new osseointegrated implant for transfemoral
    amputees with better resistance to fractures. The Postdoctoral Research
    Fellow will be part of a team that is characterizing the usage of the
    prosthesis of lower limb amputees fitted with either a conventional
    sockets or an osseointegrated implant. This project involves
    investigating the load applied on the residuum in experimental
    conditions (gait lab and standardized environment) and during daily
    living activities. Applicants with a strong engineering and/or clinical
    background in biomechanics of lower limb amputees will be considered for
    this position. The successful candidate will join an internationally
    recognized multi-disciplinary team including industry partners and
    clinicians such as biomechanists and engineers. The appointee will work
    under the direction of Dr Laurent Frossard (School of Engineering
    Systems), Prof. Mark Pearcy (School of Engineering Systems) and Dr James
    Smeathers (School of Human Movement Studies).

    Duties include:

    Design and undertake experiments to study the load applied on the
    residuum of lower limb amputees fitted with a conventional sockets or an
    osseointegrated implant.

    Conduct reviews of literature relevant to the research project.

    Prepare and publish research findings derived from this project in
    top-ranked journals, seminars and conferences papers.

    Provide regular written and verbal research reports as directed by the
    project team leaders or industry partners located in Australia and

    Maintain complete and accurate research records.

    Develop improvement to the design of device for osseointegrated fixation.

    Provide advice and guidance to graduate engineers and research
    assistants associated with the research program.

    Undertake other appropriate duties relevant to the research project as
    specified by the project team leaders.

    This position might require extensive domestic and overseas travelling.



    1. Completion of a PhD in Biomechanics or in related areas.

    2. Knowledge and experience of biomechanical analyses of gait.

    3. Demonstrated ability to design and undertake research experiments in

    4. Demonstrated ability to work independently to complete research tasks
    associated with the project including the accurate organization and
    maintenance of records.

    5. Demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with people with diverse
    professional and cultural backgrounds.

    6. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by publishing
    research outcomes and results in relevant journals and/or conference

    7. Demonstrated ability to provide guidance to graduate engineers and
    research assistants.


    1. Applied research in biomechanics of transfemoral amputees.

    2. Knowledge and experience in inverse dynamics.

    3. Knowledge and experience in portable sensors (e.g.: Force sensor,
    data logger).

    4. Practical experience in programming with Matlab software.

    5. Knowledge of orthopedic implants.

    Smoking is not permitted in QUT buildings, inside QUT vehicles or in any
    area not designated as a smoking area.

    FURTHER INFORMATION: Before submitting an application, applicants should
    refer to all additional information listed at (see Jobs at QUT)
    regarding conditions of employment, applying for positions and
    information about the University. For further clarification about this
    position, after reading the selection criteria and duty statement,
    contact Dr Laurent Frossard on (07) 3864 5856, e-mail: You can also visit the following website for
    further information about the project: If you
    require further information on conditions of employment contact the
    Human Resources Department on (07) 3864 4154 or e-mail:

    APPLICATIONS: Applications and envelopes should quote 25133. Applicants
    are encouraged to systematically address the selection criteria and
    include evidence of academic qualifications and experience plus the
    names, address (postal and/or e-mail), phone and fax numbers of three
    referees. Applicants should attach the application cover sheet to their


    Please submit your application via ONE of the methods below.

    Post: The Associate Director, HR Client Services, QUT, GPO Box 2434,
    Brisbane, Qld. 4001
    Fax: (07) 3864 4188
    In Person: Level 3, X Block, Gardens Point campus, 2 George Street,

    Closing date for this position is 29 April 2005. After the closing date,
    you can check the status of the recruitment process at QUT is an
    equal opportunity employer and employer of choice for women.

    Laurent Frossard (PhD)
    Senior Researcher
    Queensland University of Technology
    School of Engineering Systems
    Kelvin Grove Campus - "O" Block, Wing A, Room 117
    Victoria Park Road - Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
    Phone : 61 (0)7 3864 5856
    Cell : 61 (0)4 0584 4969
    Fax : 61 (0)7 3864 3980
    E-mail :
    URL :
    QUT Institution CRICOS code: 00213J