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    Biomedical Engineering Research Associate, The Human Performance Laboratory, Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

    Position: Biomedical Engineering Research Associate

    Organization: Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas Medical Center

    Location: Kansas City, Kansas


    The Landon Center on Aging (LCOA) at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) seeks to hire a Research Associate to compliment our research program in the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL). The LCOA is a state-funded interdisciplinary center that conducts, sponsors and supports the development of educational, clinical, and research programs related to aging. The LCOA's research program consist of multidisciplinary experts in geriatrics, physiology, neurology, physical therapy, rehabilitation sciences, biostatistics, mechanical and bioengineering. The LCOA's HPL is fully equipped to study human balance, gait, and motor control. HPL researchers consist of a diverse group of faculty with primary appointments from across KUMC and KU-Lawrence campuses. Current research includes the development of methods for assessing human motion, emphasizing physical performance and biomedical measures for evaluating postural control, gait, and motor control. The thematic focus of research in the HPL is the prevention, detection, and restoration of motor function in aging humans with an emphasis in stroke rehabilitation and Parkinson's disease. A broad array of novel instrumentation, analysis techniques, and computing facilities are available. The tools required for this highly multidisciplinary research are mathematics, engineering methods, and electro-physiological measurements.


    BS in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent degree. Available for on-site interview. Minimum of one year experience with contemporary research methods in experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis, and execution of experiments. Excellent technical skills in the design of electronic devices, A/D converter interfaces, general electronic circuitry. Excellent computer management skills including programming (MATLAB and LabVIEW), license maintenance, and hard drive backups. Excellent English language and communication skills, including written, oral, and interpersonal skills. Ability to train and support personnel from outside the Human Performance Laboratory on hardware and software related to research projects. Demonstrated ability and success at working independently and in support of researchers in a multidisciplinary setting.


    MS in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent degree. A minimum of two years additional research experience in the methods of experimental biomechanics in the area of human motion (kinematics, kinetics, EMG), the use of exercise equipment (dynamometry, treadmill, exercise bike), and systems used in rehabilitation. Experience in computer maintenance, computer file backup, software installation and license maintenance, and experience using motion systems (e.g. Vicon, Optotrak), force plates (e.g. AMTI), EMG equipment (e.g. Delsys, Noraxon), muscle testing devices, and video systems. Extensive programming experience in MATLAB and LabVIEW. Experience and competency using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, signal processing, and laboratory equipment maintenance.


    The position involves all aspects of the research programs in the Human Performance Laboratory (e.g. basic studies related to balance, gait, and motor control) including the following functions: assist with the technical planning, development and implementation of laboratory experiments. Assist in the development of experimental protocols, data collection and data analysis plans. Develop and perform detailed engineering data analyses for laboratory projects. Participate in technical writing and presentation development. Perform and/or supervise the maintenance, hands-on diagnostic evaluation and repair of laboratory equipment. Design, specify, fabricate, test, and document new equipment and software.

    The person filling this position will be supervised by and work closely with Carl W. Luchies, Ph.D.

    This position is now open and it will be filled as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A complete application should include a letter of application, a resume, a description of research experience and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. Applications should be sent to:

    Carl W. Luchies, PhD

    Landon Center on Aging

    University of Kansas Medical Center

    3901 Rainbow Blvd

    Kansas City, KS 66160-7117

    Phone: 913-588-1458

    Fax: 913-588-1201


    Please contact by email. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

    The University of Kansas Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University encourages applications from underrepresented group members. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability and veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status.


    Carl W. Luchies, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas

    Associate Scientist, Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas Medical Center