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  • Open Position: Biomechanical Engineer

    The Shriners Hospitals for Children, Erie PA, is pleased to announce an
    immediate opening for a Biomechanical Engineer to join its clinical and
    research team in a state-of-the-art Motion Analysis Laboratory. Here,
    Clinical needs drive parallel programs in Research and Education, with a
    focus on "predictive dynamics," that is, muscle-driven, forward-dynamic
    simulations of gait to predict the outcome of interventions (time,
    therapy, or surgery).

    This professional member of the Biomechanics team will: (1) provide
    technical support for the Laboratory by maintaining and recommending
    equipment, by sharing data collection and processing responsibilities,
    and by conducting independent and team research; (2) provide clinical
    support by assisting with physical examinations, by writing gait
    analysis reports, and by attending patient care conferences with medical
    staff; and (3) act as technical liaison for the Laboratory by
    collaborating with external colleagues and by presenting research at
    professional conferences.

    The successful candidate will have a Master's degree in Biomechanics or
    a related field, and an undergraduate degree in an engineering
    discipline. Experience in gait analysis will allow for immediate
    clinical responsibilities, and an interest in general Biomechanics of
    human movement will facilitate new protocol development. A working
    knowledge is needed in three-dimensional, six degree-of-freedom
    kinematic and kinetic analyses, and in software development (e.g.,
    Matlab, Visual Basic, C++, etc.). Candidates with experience in
    muscle-driven, forward dynamic simulations will be given special

    The Motion Analysis Laboratory and adjacent offices occupy more than
    1500 square feet in a new wing of this 30-bed, pediatric orthopedic
    hospital. Major equipment includes a ten-camera Vicon 612 system, three
    moveable AMTI force plates, two instrumented walkers, MLS surface and
    fine-wire EMG instrumentation, an S-VHS observational video system, a
    dedicated high-speed computer network, and Visual3D modeling software.
    The city of Erie is located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania,
    along the shores of Lake Erie, and is adjacent to rolling, tree-covered
    hills. Several universities and medical centers offer collaboration
    nationwide. Metropolitan areas in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo
    are within a comfortable two-hour drive. Please visit our website at:

    Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your interest
    in biomechanics to Dr. Buczek at the address below. Electronic copies
    are welcome. Applications will be accepted through July 7th, or until a
    suitable candidate is found. (EOE/m/f/v/h, Shriners Hospitals for
    Children maintains a drug free workplace.)

    Frank L Buczek, Jr, PhD
    Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory
    Shriners Hospitals for Children
    1645 West 8th Street, Erie PA, 16505, USA
    (814) 875-8805 voice, (814) 875-8756 fax

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