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    McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania,
    Philadelphia, PA

    Organization:University of Pennsylvania
    Location:Philadelphia, PA

    The McKay Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania
    is currently seeking a full-time Research Engineer specializing in
    biomechanics. We are currently accepting applications for this immediate
    opening and will continue until the position is filled.

    Our laboratory conducts interdisciplinary studies on soft connective
    tissues. We perform mechanical tests and computational models utilizing
    human cadaveric tissue and animal models. Our research is funded by NIH
    grants and industrial support. The candidate will participate in basic
    science research to investigate intervertebral disc mechanics, explore
    mechanisms that lead to initiation and progression of disc degeneration,
    and test new technologies in the treatment of disc degeneration.

    Job Description:
    The position entails working with the lab's diverse group of individuals
    including engineering faculty, surgeons, undergraduate and graduate
    engineering students, medical students, and surgical residents. The
    individual will work on various aspects of orthopaedic research projects,
    including conducting mechanical tests of biologic tissue, collection and
    analysis of data, image analysis, and manuscript preparation. The duties
    will include development of custom-made instruments, including motion
    control and force-displacement data acquisition. The research engineer
    will also be responsible for training and mentoring students and surgical
    residents in biomechanical experiments and will help manage laboratory
    materials and resources.

    Candidates with BS or MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering,
    or related Engineering disciplines with a particularly strong background in
    mechanics are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in biomechanical
    testing, data acquisition, instrumentation, Matlab software, and
    computational analysis is highly desirable. Strong organizational and
    technical skills, good oral communication skills, and the ability to work
    both independently and within a multidisciplinary team are essential.

    Interested and qualified applicants should send a letter, resume, and names
    and contact information of at least three references to:

    Dawn M Elliott, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

    University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action
    employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.